The Beatles -- ‘Roll Over Beethoven’

Roll Over Beethoven (2.47)

George Harrison: Double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

The Beatles had always been big Chuck Berry fans, and between 1957 and their last gig in ’66 they played more songs by him than by anybody else.

Berry explained the lyrics in his autobiography: “‘Roll Over Beethoven’ was based on the feelings I had when my sister would monopolise the piano at home during our youthful school years. In fact most of the words were aimed at Lucy instead of the Maestro Ludwig Van Beethoven. Thelma also took piano lessons in classical music but Lucy was the culprit that delayed rock ‘n’ roll music by twenty years.”

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Hamburg recording Roll Over Beethoven (2.19)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, lead guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Live version Roll Over Beethoven (2.22)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, lead guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

Personally, I think this live version is better than the original. It’s got a lot more life in it.

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Radio recording Roll Over Beethoven (2.16)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, lead guitar; John Lennon: Rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Live version Roll Over Beethoven (2.28)

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