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Today I thought I would share this great song “Ring of Fire”, sung by Johnny Cash. The song was written by his later-wife June Carter (Cash) and Merle Kilgore. Johnny Cash recorded it in March 1963, and it was released as a single the following month. However, Cash was not the first person to record the song, June Carter’s sister Anita Carter originally recorded it in 1962. Johnny Cash apparently dreamt of Anita’s recording, but with Mexican horns added, and told June Carter that he wanted to record his own version.

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Johnny Cash recorded “Ring of Fire” in March 1963 and it was released as a single the following month. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore

The song’s lyrics apparently talk of June Carter’s feelings at the time in 1962, as she felt herself falling in love with Johnny Cash. At the time, June was married to Edwin Nix, and Cash was married to his first wife Vivian Liberto. Cash and Carter had known each other for years, and were both infatuated with each other. Both divorced their respective spouses in 1966 and married in 1968.

“Ring of Fire” is listed at number 87 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It got to number 17 on the US charts, and to number 1 on the Billboard Country Music charts.

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring.
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.

[2x]
I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet.
I fell for you like a child,
Oh, but the fire went wild.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down as the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!

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At number 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “She Loves You”. This song was recorded in July 1963 and was The Beatles’ 4th single release in the Disunited Kingdom, in late August 1963. “She Loves You” had advance orders of half a million copies in the DUK, and of course shot straight to number one in its first week of release. It remained in the charts for a staggering 31 weeks, with 18 of those being in the top 3 and spent 6 weeks in total at number 1.

“She Loves You” is a true joint Lennon-McCartney composition, both of them contributing to its lyrics and melody. Interestingly, it was credited as “Lennon-McCartney”, which would remain the credit of any song they wrote, either together or separately, from this point until The Beatles’ split in April 1970. But, prior to this single, their 2nd single “Please Please Me” and their 3rd single “From Me to You” were credited as “McCartney-Lennon”, something I did not know before I did the research for this blogpost. I have included photographs of the labels of their first four singles below so you can see how each was credited.

 

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At number 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “She Loves You”

Here are the lyrics of this incredibly catchy song. Paul McCartney once said in an interview that his father did not like the Americanism of “yeah, yeah, yeah” and asked why they could not have sung “yes, yes, yes”. An interesting suggestion, but I don’t think it would have worked in quite the same way!

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You think you lost your love
When I saw her yesterday
It’s you she’s thinking of
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad

She said you hurt her so
She almost lost her mind
And now she says she knows
You’re not the hurting kind
She says she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
And with a love like that
You know you should be glad

You know it’s up to you
I think it’s only fair
Pride can hurt you too
Apologize to her
Because she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Here is a video of a live performance of “She Loves You”. Enjoy!

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At number 16 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “I Saw Her Standing There”. This song was recorded in February 1963 and released on their debut album Please Please Me in March 1963. It is the opening track on their debut album, and was never released as a single in the Disunited Kingdom. However, in the USA it was the B-side of their debut single released by Capitol Records, with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the A-side. This single was The Beatles’ breakthrough in the USA, getting to number 1 in January 1964 and staying at number 1 for 7 weeks.

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At number 16 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “I Saw Her Standing There”

The song, written mainly by Paul McCartney but with some contribution from John Lennon, was written in 1962. McCartney scribbled the lyrics in a notebook from the grammar school that he had attended as a teenager.

(1,2,3,4!)

Well, she was just 17
You know what I mean
And the way she looked was way beyond compare
So how could I dance with another (Ooh)
When I saw her standing there

Well she looked at me, and I, I could see
That before too long I’d fall in love with her
She wouldn’t dance with another (Whooh)
When I saw her standing there

Well, my heart went “boom”
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine…

Whoah, we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long I fell in love with her
Now I’ll never dance with another (Whooh)
Since I saw her standing there

Well, my heart went “boom”
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine…

Whoah, we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long I fell in love with her
Now I’ll never dance with another (Whooh)
Since I saw her standing there

Here are The Beatles performing “I Saw Her Standing There” live. Enjoy!

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Today I thought I would blog about this beautiful Bob Dylan song “Girl From The North Country”, which first appeared on his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (his second album). It is a very tender love song, about a woman whom Dylan has clearly lost in love, but still cares for. There has been a great deal of debate as to the identity of the woman Dylan is singing about in the song, but not surprisingly Dylan himself has never revealed who it is.

If you’re traveling the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine.

If you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she has a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds.

Please see if her hair hangs long
If it rolls and flows all down her breast
Please see for me if her hair’s hanging long
For that’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day.

So if you’re travelin’ the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was the true love of mine.

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In 1969 Dylan re-recorded his 1963 song “Girl From The North Country” in a duet with Johnny Cash. The duet appeared on his country album Nashville Skyline.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be a YouTube video of Dylan’s original version of this song. But, there are several videos of the version that he later did with Johnny Cash. The version with Johnny Cash was recorded in February 1969 and appears on Dylan’s predominantly country music album Nashville Skyline. For many songs on this album, which he recorded in Nashville, Dylan adopted a crooner style of singing, including in this song. It is quite different from the way he sung “Girl From The North Country” in 1963.

Which version of “Girl From the North Country” do you prefer? The 1963 version or the 1969 duet with Johnny Cash?

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At number 20 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Please Please Me”. Released on 11 January 1963, this was their second single release and their breakthrough, reaching number 1 in the Disunited Kingdom singles chart. Or, to be more correct, it reached number 1 on the New Musical Express and Melody Maker charts, there was no official UK chart at this time. It reached number 2 on the Record Retailer chart, and as this evolved to become the official chart, “Please Please Me” is often not considered to have officially reached number 1 in the DUK, and does not feature on their compilation of number 1 hits, entitled 1. Please Please Me was also the title of their first album, which was released on 22 March 1963, to capitalise on the success of the single.

 

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At number 20 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Please Please Me”.

 

According to a later interview with John Lennon, he said about this song

Please Please Me is my song completely. It was my attempt at writing a Roy Orbison song…… I wrote it in the bedroom in my house on Menlove Avenue, which was my auntie’s place.

“Please Please Me” was recorded on 26 November 1962, during the day-long recording session for their debut album. In the USA it was released on 25 February 1963, but did not get anywhere on its first release. It was re-released in January 1964,  and this time it got to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

 

Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Please, please me, woah yeah, like I please you

You don’t need me to show the way, love
Why do I always have to say, love
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Please, please me, woah yeah, like I please you

I don’t want to sound complaining
But you know there’s always rain in my heart
I do all the pleasing with you,
It’s so hard to reason with you
Woah yeah, why do you make me blue?

Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Please, please me, woah yeah, like I please you
Woah yeah, like I please you
Woah yeah, like I please you

 

Here is a video of this wonderfully catchy song. Enjoy!

 

 

Which is your favourite early Beatles song?

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In the lead-up to Christmas, I thought I would do a series of blogposts about the 4 UK number ones the Beatles had at Christmas. More so than in the USA, the number 1 at Xmas is quite a big thing in the DUK, and the Beatles were keen to have that slot each year. They succeeded in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967. In 1966 they did not release a single after the August release of double A-sided “Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby”, in 1968 their last single release of the year was “Hey Jude”, which was released in August, and in 1969 their last release of the year was the double A-sided “Come Together/Something”, which was released in late October. So, it would seem that in the years where they released a single for the Christmas number 1 slot, they succeeded.

The 1963 song they had at number 1 was “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, so that is the song I will include today. “I want to Hold Your Hand” was released in the DUK on 29th of November 1963. It was at number 1 for 5 weeks in total, and in fact took over the number 1 slot from “She Loves You”.

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

The list of the Christmas number ones in the UK singles chart, during the period the Beatles were releasing singles

This is, I believe, the cover for the UK single release, but I may be mistaken. Does anyone know?

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" was the Beatles' first Christmas number 1 in the UK.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” was the Beatles’ first Christmas number 1 in the UK.

I will be blogging about this song again in my countdown of the 100 greatest Beatles songs as listed by Rolling Stone Magazine, so I won’t include the details of the song or its lyrics here. But, here is a video!

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At number 44 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest Beatles songs is “All My Loving”. This is very much a Paul McCartney song, and given that it was written whilst on tour with Roy Orbison in early 1963, it is one of the earliest Beatles songs which had so little input from the other writing partner in the Lennon-McCartney partnership. It appears on their second album With The Beatles, the third track on the first side. It was not released as a single in either the Disunited Kingdom or the U.S., and yet it managed to get to number 44 in the U.S. Billboard charts, purely based on imports of the single which was released in Canada!



At number 44 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "All My Loving".

At number 44 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “All My Loving”.



The song has, for a love song, quite a rocky rhythm to it, thanks to John Lennon’s rhythm guitar. When Paul was writing the song, he had in mind a country and western song.


Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you
Tomorrow I’ll miss you
Remember I’ll always be true
And then while I’m away
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you

I’ll pretend that I’m kissing
The lips I am missing
And hope that my dreams will come true
And then while I’m away
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you

All my loving I will send to you
All my loving, darling I’ll be true

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you
Tomorrow I’ll miss you
Remember I’ll always be true
And then while I’m away
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you

All my loving I will send to you
All my loving, darling I’ll be true
All my loving, all my loving ooh
All my loving I will send to you


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!



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