The Beatles -- ‘Birthday’

Birthday (2.43)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, piano; John Lennon: Backing vocal, lead guitar; George Harrison: Bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Backing vocal: Patti Harrison, Yoko Ono; Hand claps: Mal Evans

I will let Paul explain this song himself… “What happened was ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was on television. That’s an old rock film with Little Richard and Fats Domino and Eddie Cochran and a few others… Gene Vincent. And we wanted to see it, so we started recording at 5 o’clock. And we said, ‘We’ll do something, just do a backing track. We’ll make up a backing track.’ So we kept it very simple – twelve bar blues kind of thing. And we stuck in a few bits here and there with no idea what the song was or what was gonna go on top of it. We just said, ‘Okay. Twelve bars in A, and we’ll change to D, and I’m gonna do a few beats in C.’ And we really just did it like that… a random thing. And then we went back to my house and watched ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’. Then we went back to the …

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