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Encyclopedia > Don't Let Me Down (The Beatles song)
"Don't Let Me Down"
Single by The Beatles feat. Billy Preston
A-side(s) "Get Back"
Released 11 April 1969
Format 7"
Recorded 30 January 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:25
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer(s) No Official Credit (single version)
George Martin; Produced for disc by Phil Spector (album version)
The Beatles & George Martin; Produced for disc by Paul Hicks, Guy Massey & Allan Rouse (Naked version)
The Beatles feat. Billy Preston singles chronology
"Hey Jude"
(1968)
"Get Back" / "Don't Let Me Down"
(1969)
"Ballad of John and Yoko
(1969)

"Don't Let Me Down" is a song by The Beatles, recorded in 1969 during the Get Back (Let It Be) sessions. Richie Unterberger of All Music Guide called it "one of the Beatles' most powerful love songs",[1] and Roy Carr and Tony Tyler called it "a superb sobber from misery-expert J. W. O. Lennon, MBE. And still one of the most highly underrated Beatle underbellies."[2] Image File history File links Beatles_Get_Back. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The songwriting credit Lennon/McCartney appears on all Beatles songs that were written by John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney without the aid of the other two Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ... Harvey Phillip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. ... Let It Be is the twelfth and final album by the Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 by the bands own Apple Records label. ... Let It Be… Naked is a remastered and remixed version of the original session tapes from the 1970 Let It Be album by The Beatles, first released in November 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Hey Jude is a rock ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and recorded by The Beatles. ... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... Ballad of John and Yoko is a song released by The Beatles as a single in May 1969. ... Dont Let Me Down was the fourth successful single by Liverpool-based pop group The Farm. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... Let It Be is the twelfth and final album by the Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 by the bands own Apple Records label. ... Richie Unterberger (b 1962) is an American writer, particularly on rock and other popular music. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Roy Carr is an English music journalist. ... James Edward Anthony Tyler (October, 1943 in Bristol – 28 October 2006 in Hastings, East Sussex) was a British writer who authored several books and wrote for Macworld and MacUser. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander...


An anguished love song Lennon wrote to Yoko Ono,[3] Paul McCartney interpreted it as a "genuine plea", with Lennon saying to Ono, "I'm really stepping out of line on this one. I'm really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down."[4] Lennon's vocals work their way into screams, presaging the primal scream stylings of the following year's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album. Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese artist and musician. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (Born: 18 June 1942 ) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The song is in the key of E and is in 4/4 time during the chorus and bridge but changes to 5/4 during the verses.[5] In music theory, the key identifies the tonic triad, the chord, major or minor, which represents the final point of rest for a piece, or the focal point of a section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Recording and release

Multiple versions of "Don't Let Me Down" were recorded during the tumultuous Get Back (Let It Be) recording sessions.

  • The Beatles performed "Don't Let Me Down" twice during their rooftop concert of 30 January 1969, one of which was included in the Let It Be film.[7] When the "Get Back" project was revisited, Phil Spector dropped "Don't Let Me Down" from the Let It Be album.[8]
  • In 1970, the b-side version was included on the Hey Jude compilation released in the US.
  • In 1988, the b-side version appeared on the soundtrack to the 1988 documentary, Imagine: John Lennon.

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Credits

  • Carlo Pagalunan – lead vocal and rhythm guitar
  • Steven Royce Ressurection – bass and backing vocals
  • Adrian Penaranda – lead guitar and backing vocals
  • Aldrin Gimenez – drums
  • Billy Preston – organ and electric piano

William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ...

Cover versions

  • On her 1977 album It Looks Like Snow, Phoebe Snow covered this song - her version was described as an "exquisite interpretation" by All Music Guide.
  • On the European leg of their 1987 "Get Close" tour, The Pretenders included a cover of the song in their live set.
  • Zwan covered the song many times in 2002 and 2003.
  • Paul Weller covered the song on his album Fly On The Wall - B Sides And Rarities.

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Notes

  1. ^ AMG Review of "Don't Let Me Down". Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  2. ^ Roy Carr and Tony Tyler (1975). The Beatles: An Illustrated Record. New York: Harmony Books, 78. ISBN 0-517-520-451. 
  3. ^ David Sheff (2000). All We Are Saying. New York: St. Martin's Press, 204. ISBN 0-312-25464-4. 
  4. ^ Barry Miles (1997). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 535-536. ISBN 0-8050-5249-6. 
  5. ^ Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (1993). The Beatles - Complete Scores. Milwaukee: Hal Leanord, 220-224. ISBN 0-7935-1832-6. 
  6. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books, 168. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  7. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions, 169. 
  8. ^ Mark Lewisohn (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions, 196, 199. 

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External links

  • YouTube: Beatles' performance of "Don't Let Me Down" from the rooftop concert, 30 January 1969. John Lennon flubs a line.

 
 

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