The Beatles song where Paul McCartney “imitated” the singer | Music | Entertainment


Revolver, the Beatles’ seventh studio album, was released on August 5, 1966. The chart-topping record included iconic songs like Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine, but one of John Lennon’s “favorite” tracks also came from the album, and it could not have existed without Marianne Faithfull.

Faithfull rose to fame in the 1960s after releasing her single As Tears Go By. The iconic star was steeped in British culture at the time, having landed a starring role in the 1969 film Hamlet, staying on the UK music charts and dating Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger.

During a recording session Paul McCartney had for Revolver, he recalled, “When I sang it in the studio, I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to sing it like Marianne Faithfull. “”

McCartney said in Many Years From Now it was something “nobody would ever know” if he hadn’t mentioned the print.

The song in question was the Revolver ballad Here, There and Everywhere. He said of the recording: “You have these little things on your mind. You think, ‘I’m going to sing it like James Brown.’ But of course, it’s always you who sings it. So that one was a little voice. I used an almost falsetto voice… my impression of Marianne Faithfull.

He added that drawing inspiration from other artists was natural at that time.

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McCartney credited the writing of Here, There and Everywhere to the Beach Boys’ epic song God Only Knows. He recalls at the time, “John and I were interested in what the old-school writers called the verse, what we would today call the intro – all that preamble of a song – and I wanted to have some one on the front of Here, There and Everywhere.”

He added: “John and I were all into those old school songs that had them, and putting that on the front of Here, There and Everywhere, we were doing harmonies, and the inspiration for that was Boys beach.”

And Lennon loved the end result.

Lennon was asked about a collection of songs by the band years later. He said from here, there and everywhere: “It was a big [McCartney’s]. It’s completely Paul’s song, I think. And one of my favorite Beatles songs.”

McCartney even corroborated this claim. He said Here, There and Everywhere was “the only song John ever complimented me on”.



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