The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”


The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” from The Beatles “The Beatles” album. The song was written by Paul McCartney. Paul first heard the words “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” from Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott in London. Scott had phrases he used everyday and this was one of ones he used. He was from the Yoruba tribe in Africa and to them the phrase means ‘life goes on.” Jimmy Scott would get annoyed when Paul used this phrase in the song, wanting a cut of the songwriting. Jimmy Scott did play congas on the session. The characters Paul created were from Jamaica.  Paul wanted this released as a single at the time but wisely John and George voted against it, they thought it trite. John Lennon: backing vocals, piano, handclaps, vocal percussion/ Paul McCartney: vocal, bass guitar, drums, handclaps, vocal percussion/ George Harrison: backing vocals, acoustic guitar, handclaps, vocal percussion/…

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3 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”

  1. The first time I heard this song was in 1976 when they re-released it along with Got to Get You In My Life. I know the other Beatles didn’t like this Paul song but this one I liked…much better than Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

    • I like it also because The Beatles again crossed over to something else…ska or whatever you call it. Always on the move…that is one of the things that made them great.

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