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ⓘ With a Little Help from My Friends is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on The Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in 19 ..




                                     

ⓘ With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on The Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The song was written for and sung by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the character "Billy Shears"; it is ranked #304 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed this song for the first time together at the David Lynch Foundation Benefit Concert in the Radio City Music Hall, New York on 4 April 2009.

                                     

1. Origins

Lennon and McCartney finished writing this song in mid-March 1967, written as Starrs song for the album. It was briefly called Bad Finger Boogie later the inspiration for the band name Badfinger, because Lennon composed the melody on a piano using his middle finger after having hurt his forefinger; but in his 1980 Playboy interview Lennon said: "This is Paul, with a little help from me. What do you see when you turn out the light/ I cant tell you, but I know its mine. is mine."

Lennon and McCartney wrote a tune with a limited range - except for the last note, which McCartney worked closely with Starr to achieve. Speaking in the Anthology, Starr insisted on changing the first line which originally was "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?" He changed the lyric so that fans would not throw tomatoes at him should he perform it live.

The song is in the form of a conversation. The other three Beatles sing a question and Starr answers, for example: "Would you believe in a love at first sight? / Yes, Im certain that it happens all the time."

The band started recording the song the day before they posed for the Sgt. Pepper album cover 29 March 1967, ending the session at 5:45 in the morning.

                                     

2. Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Geoff Emerick – engineer
  • George Martin – producer, Hammond organ
  • Ringo Starr – vocal, drums, tambourine
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, piano, bass
  • John Lennon – backing vocal, cowbell
Personnel per Ian MacDonald