Tag Archives: John Lennon

Lee Dorsey with cigarette B:W

18/11/15 – Lee Dorsey – Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) – 1969 / Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya – 1961 / John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – Well Well Well – 1970 / John Lennon – Ya Ya – 1974/75

There is no end to Allen Toussaint’s influence. He worked with Lee Dorsey throughout most of his career in different roles, producer, arranger, songwriter whilst Dorsey slipped in and out of his car repair business. Dorsey served in the US Navy in World War II, was a prize fighter and a nightclub singer but over […]

The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away

22/7/15 – Peter And Gordon – Nobody I Know – 1964 / Petula Clark – Partir Il Nous Faut – 1965 / Peter And Gordon – I Don’t Want To See You Again – 1964 / The Chris Barber Band – Catcall – 1969 / Jotte Herre – Penina – 1967 / Carlos Mendes – Penina – 1969 / Ringo Starr – I’m The Greatest – 1973 / John Lennon – I’m The Greatest – 1973? / Paul McCartney Interview – Rollins College – 2014

As we come to the end of this thread, if you wish to hear most of  these songs in a collection there is an album – The Songs That Lennon and McCartney Gave Away. It was released in 1971 as a compilation excluding Penina by Jotte Herre and adding I Am The Greatest by Ringo on the reissue […]

The Strangers with Mike Shannon - One And One Is Two

21/7/15 – The Strangers With Mike Shannon – One And One Is Two – 1964

You must understand that these posts highlighting obscure Lennon And McCartney compositions are of historical interest, being some of the first songs they wrote and also, at the height of their early fame, it shows that they enthusiastically “churned them out”. In this case they might have churned out a somewhat inferior attempt, The Strangers […]

Practically submerged in fruit, "The Applejacks", one of Britain's top pop groups, manage to maintain the beat during a visit to the world's largest cider factory at Hereford. Left to right: Gerry Freeman, drummer; Phil Cash; Al Jackson; Megan Davies, bass player who recently married Gerry Freeman; Don Gould and Martin Baggott.

20/7/15 – The Applejacks – Like Dreamers Do – 1964 / Tell Me When – 1964 / I Go To Sleep – 1965

It wasn’t only other Liverpool acts or brothers of girlfriends that had the benefit of Lennon And McCartney’s songwriting skills in the early sixties. The Applejacks were from Birmingham and yes, the music they played was unsurprisingly referred to as Brumbeat. Unusually they had a female bass player in Megan Davies and were originally an instrumental […]