"The Ballad of John and Yoko" concludes with an exuberant guitar riff. Listen for it in the following video starting at 2:46.
This riff is "borrowed" note-for-note from Johnny Burnette's 1957 release "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes". The riff is scattered throughout in a number of variations, but is heard most clearly at the very beginning.
Without a doubt, John Lennon knew Burnette's song well because "Lonesome Tears" was part of the Beatles concert repertoire. In fact, their performance of it - complete with guitar riff intro - on 10 July 1963 as part of the BBC's radio program Pop Go The Beatles was released on the 1994 album The Beatles: Live at the BBC.
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