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The Beatles Songs: "Oh! Darling"

By April 23, 2013

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Paul's ode to swamp-pop, "Oh! Darling," crossed Fats Domino with Little Richard, but John, halfway out the door by that point, nevertheless thought he should have sung it. But would Lennon have had the tenacity to lay down the vocal the way McCartney did? Read all about the history and recording of "Oh! Darling" in my latest Beatles fact sheet.


April 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm
(1) IDLERACER says:

The obvious influence is “Bring It On Home To Me,” which is often performed as a medley with “Oh Darling” in karaoke bars. John also mentioned that he thought his vocal style would have enhanced “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” as well.

April 27, 2013 at 12:49 am
(2) oldies says:

There are a number of other equally obvious New Orleans-style piano strolls that have been cited as influences. The broken-up cadence of the melody is like “Bring It On Home,” and so are the chord changes, but you find those influences all over that period. And I’ve addressed John’s anger over “Road”: http://oldies.about.com/od/thebeatles/a/The-Beatles-Songs-Why-Dont-We-Do-It-In-The-Road.htm

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