The Beatles -- ‘Help’

Help! (2.21)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

John nominated this as one of his favourite songs because “it was real. The song was about me.” He later called it his “fat Elvis period” because he’d been putting on a lot of weight and drinking heavily, and was going through a rough patch with his missus. He was also becoming bored of his suburban lifestyle, describing his house as “being like a bus-stop, you wait until something comes along”. So when Richard Lester announced that ‘Help!’ would be the title of their next movie, it gave him just the excuse he needed to vent his spleen.

“I wrote it in my house,” he said. “I had a little bit of a song which I’d played around at writing, called something like ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Babe’. Anyway, it was floating around for a long time and, when Paul came over, we decided to …

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TV recording Help! (2.55)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John
  • ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 2 album – 18 Mar ’96
    ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 2 album – 19 Mar ’96
  • Recorded:
    1 Aug ’65 – ABC Theatre
  • Programme:
    Blackpool Night Out – ABC
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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