While we’re all jumping all over ourselves to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, can we take a moment to appreciate the group’s consummate performance poise? In the above video, taped 50 years ago on February 11, 1964, the Beatles knocked out Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” in less than 90 seconds. And yet the video is 4:32 in length.
Because the promoters at the Washington Coliseum set up Ringo’s drumkit backwards. Ringo rotates the riser himself. Come on. Once they finally get going, George’s microphone doesn’t work for his lead vocal. Without one hesitation, he moves stage left to John’s mic and keeps the song moving. Love it.
I would have loved to tie this to Boston, but the Beatles didn’t perform in our city till later in the summer. We’ll do a retrospective then. In the meantime, check out all the videos of the Washington, DC show
Good morning people! Get some Stevie Wonder in your head on the way to work. I’ll be singing this to myself as I bike up Lee Street in Brookline. You know I have an affinity for The Beatles and major key tonality: Stevie got in the groove with his cover of “We Can Work It Out”. Five years after the original, he brought it the Motown sound and presaged some of his later ’70s funk with a fuzzed out clavinet.
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I sing to myself as I bike through the city. I like to think it’s good exercise to do this pedaling the hills between Jamaica Plain and Brookline– both for respiration and the testing of my lyrical acumen. It also might frighten away any cars that bunch up toward the front of an intersection.
It’s a beautiful week, and I feel good in a special way. Paul McCartney’s “Good Day Sunshine” popped into my head and out of my face during yesterday’s commute. It’s featured here as Song of the Day for the first day of May. Sure, you can listen to the classic version that kicks off Side 2 of Revolver. But I’ll bet you have heard that one. Instead, since The Muppets are making the rounds on the internet in the last week, I had to pick up the standard and present Fozzie Bear’s Beatles-Sinatra mashup.