The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Act Naturally”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Act Naturally.’ “Act Naturally” is on The Beatles “Help!” album. “Act Naturally” was written by Johnny Russell and Vonie Morrison. This was a song for Ringo to sing. It was a country hit previously for the great Buck Owens. This would be the b-side to “Yesterday” and missed hitting the American Top 40- peaking at #47. This was the last song recorded for the album. The Beatles would perform this song during their 1965 concerts. A song that fit Ringo Starr well.  John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: vocal, drums and sticks. The song was recorded on June 17th, 1965 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Act Naturally” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ****

  • “Act Naturally” was the last of The Beatles twenty-four officially released non-originals.
  • It took The Beatles a dozen takes to get this song down.
  • Length of song:2:29.
  • The song is not ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine in their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” or Spignesi and Lewis in their ‘100 Best Beatles Songs” since neither list ranks non-originals.

Act Naturally {Russell-Morrison}

They’re gonna put me in the movies
They’re gonna make a big star out of me
We’ll make a film about a man that’s sad and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally
Well, I’ll bet you I’m gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
Cos I can play the part so well
Well I hope you’ll come and see me in the movies
Then I know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally
We’ll make the scene about a man that’s sad and lonely
And begging down upon his bended knee
I’ll play the part and I won’t need rehearsing
All I gotta do is act naturally
Well, I’ll bet you I’m gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
Cos I can play the part so well
Well I hope you’ll come and see me in the movies
Then I know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally
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