Anna (Go To Him) ~ The Beatles
This great Beatles “cover” — never fond of that word prefer “rendition” but it’s just a word — was among the more inspired moments on “Please Please Me,“‘s tracks fueled by Lennon’s soulful, aching vocal. In fact, the Arthur Alexander version sounds restrained and even smooth compared with Lennon’s tortured pleading. Even the way he phrases “Oh now” on the bridge going into the line about how “every girl I’ve ever had breaks my heart and leaves me sad” is more definitely soulful. I’m sure Mr. Alexander would have approved! And the sparse arrangement helps, abandoning the lavish orchestration and having George Harrison claim the keyboard riff for electric guitar! One of the very best early singles from the Lads and one that didn’t chart well! I know we usually have a Blues track on Mondays but it’s a holiday weekend here on this side of the Big Pond — I have been strolling down Penny Lane all day! Cheers, y’all!
Really good one from the Fab Four.
Stasi operative taking a picture of a CIA operative taking a picture of him, circa 1960.
Billie Holiday, 1958. Photographer: Dennis Stock (via)
“I’ve been told that nobody sings the word ‘hunger’ like I do. Or the word ‘love.’ Maybe I remember what those words are all about. Maybe I’m proud enough to want to remember Baltimore and Welfare Island, the Catholic institution and the Jefferson Market Court, the sheriff in front of our place in Harlem and the towns from coast to coast where I got my lumps and scars, Philly and Alderson, Hollywood and San Francisco, every damn bit of it.
All the Cadillacs and minks in the world - and I’ve had a few - can’t make it up or make me forget it. All I’ve learned in all those places from all those people is wrapped up in those two words. You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave. Everything I am and everything I want out of life goes smack back to that.”
-Holiday, quoted in Lady Sings the Blues (1956)