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Encyclopedia > The Long and Winding Road
"The Long and Winding Road"
"The Long and Winding Road" cover
Single by The Beatles
from the album Let It Be
Released 11 May, 1970 (USA)
Format vinyl record (7")
Recorded 26 January and 31 January 1969
Genre ballad
Length 3:37 (original album)
3:34 (Naked version)
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon/McCartney (Paul McCartney)
Producer George Martin
Reproduced for disc by Phil Spector
The Beatles singles chronology
"Let It Be"
(1970)
"The Long and Winding Road"
(US-1970)
"Got to Get You Into My Life"
(US-1976)
Let It Be track listing
"One After 909"
(9)
"The Long and Winding Road"
(10)
"For You Blue"
(11)

"The Long and Winding Road" is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles' album Let It Be. It became The Beatles' last number-one song in the United States on June 13, 1970. While the released version of the song was very successful, the post-production modifications to the song by producer Phil Spector angered McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up The Beatles as a legal entity, he cited the treatment of "The Long and Winding Road" as one of six reasons for doing so. cover of American single for The Long and Winding Road This is an album cover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... 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 partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... 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. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon/McCartney), and was released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970, and later the same year as the title track of their album, Let It Be. ... Got to Get You into My Life is a song by The Beatles on the album Revolver. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... One After 909 is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and originally released in 1970 (see 1970 in music) on the album Let It Be. ... For You Blue was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd Harrison, who would be the subject of many of his love songs. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... The Beatles are one of the most popular and influential musical groups in history. ...

Contents

Inspiration

McCartney originally wrote the song at his farm in Scotland, inspired by the growing tension between The Beatles at the time.[1] McCartney said later: "I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration."[1] (Ray Charles covering this song can be heard on the posthumously-released 2006 album Ray Sings, Basie Swings.) For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ...


Although McCartney was supposedly the sole writer of the song, like all Beatles songs written by him or John Lennon, it would be credited to "Lennon/McCartney" by long-standing agreement. However, the main theme of the song is clearly related to one of the variations in Sir Arnold Bax's Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1916). This still somewhat obscure work was recorded for the first time in 1965 by Joyce Hatto, Vernon Handley, and the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. Presumably McCartney heard this recording somewhere, remembered the theme, but forgot about its source. Bax's original orchestration here, like all of Bax's orchestral writing, is extremely lush. 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 songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ...


McCartney recorded a quick demo version of the song, with Beatles engineer Alan Brown assisting, sometime in September of 1968, during the recording sessions for The White Album. For other uses, see demo. ... The White Album redirects here. ...


The song takes the form of a piano-based ballad, with an unconventional structure and some of the most inventive and sophisticated chord changes heard in The Beatles' catalogue. The song's home key is in E-flat major but spends ample time in its relative minor, the key of C minor.[2] 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. ... E-flat major is a major scale based on E-flat, consisting of the pitches E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat, C, D, and E-flat. ... In music, the relative minor of a particular major key (or the relative major of a minor key) is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic, as opposed to parallel minor or major, respectively. ...


Lyrically, it is a sad and melancholic song, with an evocation of an as-yet unrequited, though apparently inevitable, love.


The "long and winding road" of the song is sometimes claimed to have been inspired by the B842, a thirty-one mile (50 km) winding road in Scotland, running along the east coast of Kintyre into Campbeltown, and part of the eighty-two mile (133 km) drive from Lochgilphead.[3] In an interview in 1994, McCartney described the lyric more obliquely: "It's rather a sad song. I like writing sad songs, it's a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it. It's a good vehicle, it saves having to go to a psychiatrist ... It's a sad song because it's all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach. This is the road that you never get to the end of."[4] Kintyre shown within Argyll Kintyre is a peninsula in western Scotland in the south-west of Argyll. ... The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is a burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, located by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the mind and mental illness. ...


The song structure is equally sophisticated: while the opening theme is repeated throughout, the song lacks a traditional chorus, and the melody and lyrics are considerably ambiguous about the opening stanza's position in the song; it is unclear whether the song has just begun, is in the verse, or even is in the bridge.[2]


Recording session

"The Long and Winding Road" was originally released on Let It Be, the result of The Beatles' recording sessions for the abandoned Get Back album.
"The Long and Winding Road" was originally released on Let It Be, the result of The Beatles' recording sessions for the abandoned Get Back album.

The Beatles recorded "The Long and Winding Road" on January 26 and 31, 1969, with McCartney on piano and Lennon on bass guitar, during a series of sessions for an album project then known as Get Back. Lennon, who was not the band's usual bass player, allegedly made several mistakes on the recording.[1] Image File history File links Cover of The Beatles album Let It Be. ... Image File history File links Cover of The Beatles album Let It Be. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ...


In May 1969, Glyn Johns, who had been asked to mix the 'Get Back' album by The Beatles, selected the January 26 recording as the best version of the song.[5] The Beatles had recorded a master version as part of the 'Apple studio performance' on January 31, which had different lyrics and structure, but this was passed over.[6] Bootlegs of the recording sessions of that day, and the film, clearly show the band record take after take of the song in a concerted effort to create a master. For both the 1969 and 1970 versions of the 'Get Back' album, Glyn Johns used the January 26 mix as released on the Anthology 3 album in 1996. When the project was handed over to Phil Spector he also chose the January 26 take.[7] Glyn Johns (born February 15, 1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England) is a recording engineer and record producer. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ... See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In spring 1970 John Lennon and Beatles' accountant Allen Klein turned over the recordings to Phil Spector in the hope of salvaging an album, now titled Let It Be, out of the project.[1] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Spector wrought various changes on the songs that would be included on Let It Be, but his most dramatic embellishment would occur on April 1, 1970, when he turned his attention to "The Long and Winding Road." At Abbey Road studios, he recorded the orchestral and choir accompaniment for the song. The only member of The Beatles present was Ringo Starr. Already known for his eccentric behaviour in the studio, Spector was in a peculiar mood that day, as balance engineer Pete Brown recalled: "He wanted tape echo on everything, he had to take a different pill every half hour and had his bodyguard with him constantly. … He was on the point of throwing a wobbly, saying 'I want to hear this, I want to hear that. I must have this, I must have that.'"[cite this quote] Brown and the orchestra eventually became so annoyed by Spector's behaviour that the orchestra refused to play any further, and at one point, Brown left for home, forcing Spector to telephone him and persuade him into coming back, after Starr told Spector to calm down.[8] is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ...


Finally, Spector succeeded in remixing "The Long and Winding Road," using 18 violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trombones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women.[citation needed] The orchestra was scored and conducted by Richard Hewson, who would later work with McCartney on his album, Thrillington. This lush orchestral treatment was in direct contrast to The Beatles' stated intentions for a "real" recording when they began work on Get Back.[8] For the Anne Rice novel, see Violin (novel). ... The viola (French, alto; German Bratsche) is a bowed string instrument. ... This article is about the stringed musical instrument. ... Trumpeter redirects here. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Thrillington is a 1977 album by Paul McCartney, under the pseudonym of one Percy Thrills Thrillington. ...


Role in the Beatles' breakup

When McCartney first heard the Spector version of the song, he was outraged. Nine days after Spector overdubbed "The Long and Winding Road", McCartney announced that The Beatles were breaking up. On April 14, he sent a sharply worded letter to Apple Records business manager Allen Klein, demanding that the added instrumentation be reduced, the harp part eliminated, and "Don't ever do it again."[9] These requests went unheeded, and the Spector version went on to be included in the album. The Beatles are one of the most popular and influential musical groups in history. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In an interview published by the Evening Standard in two parts on April 22 and April 23, 1970, McCartney said: "The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by John Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks. But a few weeks ago, I was sent a re-mixed version of my song 'The Long and Winding Road' with harps, horns, an orchestra, and a women's choir added. No one had asked me what I thought. I couldn't believe it."[4] The Beatles' usual producer, George Martin, agreed, calling the remixes "so uncharacteristic" of The Beatles.[10] Headlines of the Evening Standard on the day of London bombing on July 7, 2005, in Waterloo Station The Evening Standard is a British tabloid newspaper published and sold in London and surrounding areas of southeast England. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Harp (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Horn. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ...


McCartney asked Klein to dissolve The Beatles partnership, but was refused. Exasperated, he took the case to court, naming Klein and the other Beatles as defendants. Among the six reasons McCartney gave for dissolving The Beatles was that Klein's company, ABKCO, had caused "intolerable interference" by overdubbing "The Long and Winding Road" without consulting McCartney.[8][11] ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. ...


Spector claimed that his hand was forced into remixing "The Long and Winding Road" due to the poor quality of Lennon's bass playing. While the poor quality of the bass playing has been noted by other sources (Ian MacDonald described it as "atrocious" in his Revolution In The Head, which contains editorial reviews of several Beatles songs), its basis as the wholescale re-working of the track by Spector has been questioned. McCartney has argued that Spector could have merely edited out the relevant mistakes and rerecorded them, a technique Spector used elsewhere on the album. Specifically, it would have been a simple matter of having McCartney overdub a more appropriate bass part to replace the Lennon bass line that was judged to be inadequate. Ringo Starr later commented that even if Lennon's playing wasn't great, "It was still better than most".[cite this quote] Ian MacCormick (October 3, 1948 – August 20, 2003), who wrote under the pseudonym Ian MacDonald, was a British music critic and author, best known for his detailed history of The Beatles. ... For several other people with similarly spelled names, see Ian McDonald. ...


The controversy surrounding the song did not prevent a chart-topping single from being released in the United States on May 11, 1970, joined by "For You Blue" on the B-Side. 1.2 million copies were sold in the first two days, and the song began its ten-week long chart run on 23 May. On 13 June, it became The Beatles' twentieth and final number one single in America, according to Billboard magazine.[citation needed] "The Long and Winding Road" brought the curtain down on The Beatles' six years of domination in America, beginning with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964.[12][13] is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For You Blue was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd Harrison, who would be the subject of many of his love songs. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Music sample I Want to Hold Your Hand ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ...


Beatles recording, redux

Anthology

The Glyn Johns remix of "The Long and Winding Road" was released in 1996 on Anthology 3.
The Glyn Johns remix of "The Long and Winding Road" was released in 1996 on Anthology 3.

The original Glyn Johns remix of the 26 January take without the orchestration and Spector overdubs was included on Anthology 3 released in 1996. This version included a bridge section spoken, rather than sung, by McCartney. This is an album cover. ... This is an album cover. ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ... See also: 1996 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1996 Record labels established in 1996 // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ...


Let It Be… Naked

Main article: Let It Be… Naked

In 2003, the remaining Beatles and Yoko Ono released Let It Be… Naked, touted as the band's version of Let It Be remixed by independent producers. McCartney claimed that his long-standing dissatisfaction with the released version of "The Long and Winding Road" (and the entire Let It Be album) was in part the impetus for the new version. The album included a different take, Take 19, of "The Long and Winding Road" recorded on January 31. Although a different take, this version is nonetheless closer to McCartney's original intention than the original Let it Be version, with no strings or other added instrumentation beyond that which was played in the studio at the time.[1] This take is the one seen in the film Let It Be. The negative of the cover 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 negative of the cover 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). ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ...


Ringo Starr was impressed with the Naked version of the song: "There’s nothing wrong with Phil's strings, this is just a different attitude to listening. But it's been 30-odd years since I've heard it without all that and it just blew me away."[1] Spector himself argued that McCartney was being hypercritical in his criticism: "Paul had no problem picking up the Academy Award for the Let It Be movie soundtrack, nor did he have any problem in using my arrangement of the string and horn and choir parts when he performed it during 25 years of touring on his own. If Paul wants to get into a pissing contest about it, he's got me mixed up with someone who gives a shit."[8] Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Let It Be is the title of a 1970 film, released by United Artists and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, documenting The Beatles recording of the album Let It Be as well as the interpersonal conflicts which eventually split the group apart. ...

Preceded by
"Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Beatles version)
June 13, 1970
Succeeded by
"The Love You Save" by The Jackson 5

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Cover versions

"The Long and Winding Road" / "Suspicious Minds"
"The Long and Winding Road" / "Suspicious Minds" cover
Single by Will Young and Gareth Gates
from the album From Now On and What My Heart Wants to Say
B-side "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
Released 23 September 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Label BMG
Producer Stephen Lipson, Steve Mac
Will Young chronology
"Light My Fire"
(2002)
"The Long and Winding Road" / "Suspicious Minds"
(2002)
"Don't Let Me Down" / "You and I"
(2002)
Gareth Gates chronology
"Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)"
(2002)
"The Long and Winding Road" / "Suspicious Minds"
(2002)
"What My Heart Wants to Say"
(2002)

In the years after its original release, "The Long and Winding Road" became a staple of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles concert repertoire. On the 1976 Wings Over the World Tour, where it was one of the few Beatles songs played, it was performed on piano in a sparse and effective arrangement using a horn section. In McCartney's 1989 solo tour and since, it has generally been performed on piano with an arrangement using a synthesiser mimicking strings, but this string sound has been much more restrained than on the Spector recorded version.[14] This article is about the song. ... Image File history File links WYGG.jpg‎ [edit] Summary Single cover, scanned by me [edit] Fair use rationale This image is subject to copyright. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... William Robert Young BA (Exon) (born January 20, 1979) is a British singer and actor. ... Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. ... From Now On is the debut album from original Pop Idol winner Will Young. ... What My Heart Wants to Say is the debut album by British singer Gareth Gates. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... I Get the Sweetest Feeling is the 1968 single by Jackie Wilson from the album with the same title. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... CD redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... 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. ... This article is about The Doors song. ... This article is about the song. ... Dont Let Me Down is a popular song written by Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, D. Morgan, Will Young and Simon Hale, and performed by Will Young. ... You and I is a popular song, co-written by Ed Johnson, H. Johnson and Mike Peden, and performed by Pop Idol UK series 1 winner Will Young. ... This article is about the song. ... In 1975 and 1976, Paul McCartneys band Wings embarked on the ambitious Wings Over the World tour. ... In a symphony orchestra the horn section is the group of musicians who play the horn (sometimes referred to as the French horn). ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ...


McCartney also played the song to close the Live 8 concert in London.[15] It was meant to symbolise the long road to justice.[citation needed] The main Live 8 concert was held at Hyde Park, London, England on 2 July 2005, in front of over 200,000 people. ...


"The Long and Winding Road" has been covered on occasion since its original release (though less so than many other Beatles ballads). Notable vocal versions were released by Diana Ross (Everything Is Everything, 1970), Kenny Rogers (1974), Olivia Newton-John (1976), Peter Frampton (with McCartney playing rhythm guitar), Cher (Half-Breed, 1973), Leo Sayer for the 1976 evanescent musical documentary All This and World War II, Aretha Franklin, Christian artist Phil Driscoll in his album A Different Man, and Tom Jones; the song is also a popular choice for Beatles instrumental collections and has been used as Muzak. A version of the song spent two weeks at number one in the UK in 2002 as a duet by Pop Idol winner Will Young and runner-up Gareth Gates, having sold 132,500 copies in its first week of release. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Everything Is Everything was the sophomore album by singer Diana Ross released in 1971. ... // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Come On Over was an album by Olivia Newton-John, released in 1976. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Peter Kenneth Frampton (born April 22, 1950 in Beckenham, Kent) is an English musician, best known today for his solo work in the mid-1970s and as one of the original members of the band Humble Pie. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Half Breed was Chers second highly successful album of the seventies. ... // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ... Leo Sayer (born Gerard Hugh Sayer on 21 May 1948 in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex) is an English performing artist, now based in Australia, whose singing career has spanned four decades. ... All This and World War II (1976) is a musical documentary. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Phil Driscoll is a Contemporary Christian Music jazz artist who plays trumpet. ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... Muzak Holdings LLC is a company, founded in 1934, that is best known for distribution of music to retail stores and other companies. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... This article is about the British television series. ... William Robert Young BA (Exon) (born January 20, 1979) is a British singer and actor. ... Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, England) is an English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. ...


A version of the song was recorded by Ray Charles and can be heard on the 2006 album Ray Sings, Basie Swings. This album is a posthumous release based upon a live Ray Charles and Count Basie concert in the 1970s - the sound had been recorded only through Charles's vocal microphone, leaving the band practically inaudible. In 2006, the recording was discovered and new big band parts were recorded by the present Basie band.[16] For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. ... “Microphones” redirects here. ...

Preceded by
"Just Like a Pill" by Pink
UK number-one single (Will Young/Gareth Gates version)
September 29, 2002 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup

Just like a Pill is the third single released from P!nks second album M!ssundaztood. ... Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania), better known by her stage name P!NK (also written as Pink), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in early January of 2000. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... The Ketchup Song is the English title of the song Aserejé which was an international hit in 2002. ... Las Ketchup is a Latin Grammy Award nominated 4-girl group comprised of sisters Lola, Pilar, Lucía and Rocio Muñoz from Córdoba in Andalucia, Spain. ...

Notes and references

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  4. ^ a b The Beatles Ultimate Experience. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2004.
  5. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-55784-7.
  6. ^ Miles, Barry (2001). The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years - Chapter 11. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-8308-9.
  7. ^ The Beatles Official Website. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2004.
  8. ^ a b c d Cross, Craig. "Beatles Songs - L". Retrieved March 15, 2006.
  9. ^ The Beatles, Anthology, p. 350, (full letter)
  10. ^ Miles, Chapter 12.
  11. ^ Cross, Craig. "Beatles Court Case". Retrieved March 15, 2006.
  12. ^ Cross, Craig. "American Singles". Retrieved March 15, 2006.
  13. ^ Whelan, John (2005). "The Beatles Timeline". Retrieved March 15, 2006.
  14. ^ Badman, Keith (2001). The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001 - Chapter 6. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-8307-0.
  15. ^ Live 8 Rocks the Globe. (July 3, 2005). Associated Press.
  16. ^ Ray Sings, Basie Swings

The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...

Other references

  • Brown, P. & Gaines, S. (1983). Love You Make, The : An Insider’s Story of The Beatles. McGraw-Hill Book Company.
  • Lewisohn, Mark (1996). The Complete Beatles Chronicle. Chancellor Press. ISBN 0-7607-0327-2.
  • Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles: A Diary. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-6315-0.
  • Sulpy, Doug & Schweighhardt, Ray (2003). Get Back: The Beatles Let It Be Disaster. Helter Skelter Publishing. ISBN 1-900924-83-8.

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