HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #98: ‘ YOU KNOW MY NAME [LOOK UP THE NUMBER]’

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Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #98: ‘You Know My Name [Look Up The Number]’.

‘You Know My Name [Look Up The Number]’ – was the b-side to The Beatles #1 hit ‘Let It Be’ in early 1970. Easily one of their more obscure songs. It didn’t appear on an album until the Past Masters II album collection of non-album tracks appeared in the late 1980’s. Paul has been quoted at least once of saying that this was his favorite Beatles track. I think the main reason he would feel that way- this was late in The Beatles run- the John and Paul friendship at the time was very strained. John was with Yoko, Paul with Linda- The Beatles were starting to come apart at the seams when John and Paul got together and made this novelty tune in the spring of 1969. This was a throw back to the old times- they were having fun together. Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones- who would soon join the ’27 Club’- plays alto saxophone on this track. I think one of the reasons it makes my Hot 100 is- because it still sounds very fresh to me. The only times I’ve ever heard it on the radio- once back in the late 70’s when a local radio station had a Beatles A to Z weekend- and a few times in the past couple years on The Beatles Channel. It does sound like the boys were having fun making this record.

3 responses to “HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #98: ‘ YOU KNOW MY NAME [LOOK UP THE NUMBER]’

  1. To my ears this sounds more like an extended jam session/goofing off session that they just happened to record. Hey may have been what was needed then to defuse some of the tension?

    • That is what it was- they were having fun- which is why its one of Paul’s favorites- things had gotten too serious by this point between John and Paul- and this was a throw back to the old days- before it all came to an end.

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