The Beatles -- ‘Baby Youre A Rich Man’

Baby You’re A Rich Man (3.03)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, piano, clavioline; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar, piano; George Harrison: Harmony vocal; Ringo Starr: Drums, maracas, tambourine; Harmony vocal: Mick Jagger; Vibraphone: Eddie Kramer; Oboe: Brian Jones

This was a combination of two different songs – John’s ‘One Of The Beautiful People’ and Paul’s ‘rich-man’ chorus. The rich-man was supposedly Brian Epstein, and legend has it that John sings “Baby you’re a rich fag Jew” towards the end. I’ve probably listened to it about a million times now to check it out, but I can’t hear it.

John could be incredibly cruel towards Brian when he wanted to be. Once, when Brian dared to suggest that Paul’s singing “didn’t quite sound right” John dissed him with a withering reply… “I remember attending a session at EMI,” said Brian. “The Beatles were on the studio floor and I was with their recording manager, George Martin, in the control room. The intercom was on and I remarked that there was some sort of flaw in Paul’s voice. John heard it …

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