April 11: "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties" at Salem Community College and "The History of Rock 'n' Roll" at the Deptford Free Public Library
The other day some one asked if I knew the Beatles' favorites of their own songs. I don't believe I've ever encountered any quotes from any of the Beatles acknowledging such favorites, so I decided to research it a little bit.
In 2014, Paul McCartney told the New York Times his favorite Beatles song was “‘Here, There and Everywhere’ with ‘Yesterday’ as a close second.” (Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists/paul-mccartney-reveals-his-favorite-beatles-song-exclusion-of-george-harrison-from-1984-film/)
John Lennon once listed 'I Am the Walrus', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Help!' and 'In My Life' among his favorites, but he also made a point of saying how difficult answering that question is.
Ringo Starr, in an interview with CNN, declined comment, saying, "You can't pick your favorite song. ... The question is too far out." (Source: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1004/12/ctw.01.html)
And George Harrison apparently made a great many (and sometimes self-contradictory) comments about his favorites, or at least Beatles songs he likes. Understandably, his opinions changed greatly over time, so there appears to be no definitive answer from him.
If you count the Abbey Road Medley as a single piece of music, I'd have to cite that as my personal favorite. I've heard that medley described as "the best 20 minutes of recorded music in history." And although it's closer to 16 minutes (counting 'You Never Give Me Your Money' through 'Her Majesty'), I'm inclined to agree with that assessment. If that doesn't count, then I'd go with John and say 'I Am the Walrus' because it's pure Lennon fantasy - nobody other than John Lennon could have composed that song.
What's your favorite Beatles track(s)?
Tomorrow is a two-program day:
Monday, 11 April 2016, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Salem Community College, 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960s: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
Monday, 11 April 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Deptford Free Public Library, 670 Ward Dr, Deptford, NJ
The History of Rock 'n' Roll
This 60-minute multimedia presentations will trace the development of Rock 'n' Roll (as distinct from Rock of the 1960's) from its roots in the blues and country music, through its pinnacle in the mid 1950's, its abrupt decline in the late 50's, and conclude with its legacy and influence on musicians of subsequent decades. Artists discussed will include Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and others.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.