In the years of The Beatles, 1969 & 1970, the years of the end…a photo montage video

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Tuesdays Tunes Part IV: (#songs, #music), “Old Brown Shoe” by The Beatles

Old Brown Shoe - Wikipedia
(1969)

Ok, so why am I posting a Part IV? I never do that, I love things in threes, but, here it goes, cannot help myself…

“Old Brown Shoe” is a song written by George Harrison. I heard it when I bought the single “Ballad of John & Yoko” and this song appeared on the B side. Since I was a die-hard fan and knew that everything The Beatles did was great, I flipped the 45 over and played “Old Brown Shoe” and fell in love with that song.

There was something about the lyrics that attracted me to that song, especially the way George finishes it:

For you sweet top lip I’m in the queue
Baby, I’m in love with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
When I’m with you
I’m so glad you came here, it won’t be the same now
When I’m with you

And George has always been my favourite songwriter…and yes, I know the top two were Paul and John…for songs that were a little bit off. On With the Beatles he wrote “Don’t Bother Me”, loved that attitude, telling everyone to bugger off while he gets over losing a girlfriend. Then came “You Like Me Too Much”, another way of saying, hey, you cannot leave me because you like me too much…and I like you…a great song from the Help! album. The next year he wrote “Taxman” and then, a little later, came his masterpiece, “Something”. So yes, while Lennon & McCartney wrote the most popular songs…and great they are…George wrote songs that I could dig…

So, here is one of my favourite “Old Brown Shoe” from 1969. It was recorded during the Abbey Road sessions. A rarity here is that George composed the song on the piano…an instrument he did not play well…and then played Hammond organ on the song. Unusual for George, but normal in an unusual song.

Hope you like it. Hope you remember it. Hope you’ve heard it. Hope you can understand what he is talking about. And if you do, let me know because I sure do not know what this song is all about, I just like it…

Please take a listen to the companion post “In the Years of The Beatles 1969/70” a photo montage with original music…

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Tuesdays Tunes Part III: Songs about “balls”, (#songs, #music), “Keep the Ball Rollin” by Jay & Techniques…

Jay and The Techniques – Keep the Ball Rollin' Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

Ok…

So this is Part III…not bad, but really, a segment containing songs about “balls” is not too transcendental.

No, it is not. But does everything have to be transcendental?

Hmm…

“Keep the Ball Rollin” is a great tune. I’ve been humming it and singing…parts of it…for many years, well, since I remember hearing it as a wee lad. “Keep the Ball Rollin” sold in excess of a million copies. The song earned a gold disc for the group.

It was released in 1967 by a group called Jay & the Techniques. The group who also gave you “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”. I think you may remember it both of these tunes. In any event, I am loading “Keep the Ball Rollin” here for your listening pleasure because I know that when you hear it you will remember it. The other one you have to look up yourself…

This edition of Tuesdays Tunes has been brought to you by those who prefer to think than to follow, who prefer to find awesomeness in people than take them for granted, and prefer to sing (silly?) songs than meditate upon the dialectical of the materialism (I think?). So now the ball is in your court, keep it rolling mates…

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Tuesdays Tunes: Part II (#songs, #music), Songs about “balls”, “Red Rubber Ball” by the Cyrkel

Red Rubber Ball - Wikipedia

“Red Rubber Ball” was recorded, in 1966, by The Cyrkle…

Who in bloody hell are The Cyrkle?

Well…

Although they were from Pennsylvania (USA), they were “discovered” by none other than Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who found them when they went by a rather dumb name such as The Rhondells. Epstein renamed them with a name that was created…along with its unique spelling…by John Lennon. How about that!

Any more questions about the Cyrkle?

Well, yes. Did they have any other hits besides “Red Rubber Ball”? Yes they did. One more, which was also a great tune, “Turn Down Day”. They really didn’t survive the 1960’s, but the group has manged to become a nostalgia band. They sort of regrouped in 2014 and in 2016 some of the original members joined in and they toured, I guess…

“Red Rubber Ball” was co-written by Paul Simon, although Simon & Garfunkel never recorded the song. The song reached number two on the Billboard chart, while “Paperback Writer (The Beatles) was numero uno.

I love this tune, always have, it is about an awakening, a new chapter, a release from a bad relationship and a knowledge that the sun is out there shining like a “red rubber ball”. Great!

Here is the song, hope you take a good long listen, hope you sing along, hope it stirs up memories, hope you keep hoping…

And, get ready for Part III in fifteen minutes.

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