The Beatles -- ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’

With A Little Help From My Friends (2.44)

Ringo Starr: Lead vocal, drums, tambourine; John Lennon: Backing vocal; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar, piano; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Hammond organ: George Martin

This was one of the last songs that John and Paul ever sat down and wrote together. They were all round Paul’s house messing about on the piano and journalist Hunter Davies recalled: “Whenever they got stuck they would go back and do a rock ‘n’ roll song or an Engelbert Humperdinck song and just bugger about and then get back to the job in hand.” Ringo said: “One of the original lines was ‘What would you do if I sang out of tune/Would you stand up and throw a tomato at me?’ and I would not sing that line. I absolutely hated that line, and I refused to sing it.” (He probably had visions of one day singing it live, and getting a face-full of fruit!) He also remembered that it took a lot of coaxing from Paul to get him to sing the last note, because it was so high. They had to kick …

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