ALL TOGETHER NOW: RANKING ALL THE BEATLES SONGS: #175: ‘WHAT GOES ON’ #174: ‘MISERY’

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All Together Now: Ranking All The Beatles Songs: All Together Now: Ranking All The Beatles Songs: So far #204″ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, #203:” Mr. Moonlight”, 202:”Wild Honey Pie”, 201: “Chains”, 200:”Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? 199: “Honey Don’t.” 198: “A Taste Of Honey”, #197: “Matchbox”- #196: “Devil In Her Heart” # 195: “Little Child”, #194: “Anna”, #193: “Dig It.” and today #192: Maggie Mae” #191: “Do You Want To Know A Secret.”.”#190:”Flying” 189: ‘Her Majesty.” #188: “Run For Your Life” #187: “Till There Was You.” #186: ” Dig A Pony”, #185:” Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby. #184:” Bad Boy”, #183:”She’s A Woman.”#182: “Words Of Love”, #181:”Thank You Girl.” #180:’Slowdown” #179:” Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.: #178: ‘ When I Get Home” and #177: ‘Ask Me Why.’ 176:” What Goes On” and #175: “Misery.”

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#176: “What Goes On”- From Rubber Soul. A Lennon-McCartney- Starkey written song- with Ringo getting his first writers credit. It was a song that they had kicked around for a couple years before polishing it up to be Ringo’s song to sing on Rubber Soul. A county and western tune. As a b-side to “Nowhere Man’ it reached #81 in the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1966.

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#175: “Misery” From Please Please Me- an early Lennon-McCartney tune written by both to them- neither held the song in high regard. It is noteworthy for being the first Beatles song covered by another artist- Kenny Lynch covered ‘Misery’ in 1963. A decade later Lynch would appear on the cover of Wings Band On The Run album. The song was originally written for singer Helen Shapiro who at the time was Britain’s most successful female singer. Shapiro’s record company didn’t think her version was fit for release- so it went to Lynch. Beatles author Ian MacDonald called ‘Misery’ “a droll portrait of adolescent self- pity.” When the Beatles needed original material for their Please Please Me LP they recorded it themselves, giving its treatment, according to writer Ian MacDonald, “a droll portrait of adolescent self-pity”. Paul McCartney: “It was our first stab at a ballad and had a little spoken preface. It was co-written. I don’t think either of us dominated on that one, it was just a job, you could have called us hacks, hacking out a song for someone.”

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