John Lennon’s Favourite Rock ‘n Roll Songs !

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‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ was John Lennon‘s 6th studio album, released in 1975. A collection of late 1950s and early 1960s songs covered by Lennon, after all the ‘rocker’ in The Beatles. The making, producing and releasing process was a disaster.
– Producer Phil Spector ran away with the session recordings, later being involved in a motor accident, which left the album’s tracks unrecoverable until the beginning of the ‘Walls and Bridges’ sessions. Even ‘Walls and Bridges’ came out first.
– ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ reached number 6 in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
– Not long after the album appeared, Lennon reconciled with Ono, and she soon became pregnant. Determined not to lose another baby after three consecutive miscarriages, Lennon decided to halt his musical career for his family.
– The photo of the cover is by German photographer Jürgen Vollmer, taken during the Hamburg days of The Beatles.

Here are all the original songs, in order of the ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ tracklist, that Lennon covered…

1/ ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ by Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps – 1956 – written by Gene Vincent and his manager Bill “Sheriff Tex” Davis…

2/ ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King – 1961 – written by Leiber, Stoller & Ben E. King…

3/ ‘Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy’ by Little Richard – both songs were first released by Little Richard, later also by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and others – both songs written by Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell & John Marascalco…

‘Rip It Up’…

‘Ready Teddy’…

4/ ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ by Chuck Berry – 1956 – written by Chuck Berry – his music publisher sued John Lennon for copyright infringement because of the melodic similarity between ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ and The Beatles’ 1969 song ‘Come Together’ written by Lennon, who also used some of the song’s lyrics (“here come old flat-top”). The suit was eventually settled out of court. The settlement included Lennon covering the song on ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’…

5/ ‘Ain’t That a Shame’ by Fats Domino – 1955 – written by Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew…

6/ ‘Do You Wanna Dance?’ by Bobby Freeman – 1958 – written by Bobby Freeman…

7/ ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ by Chuck Berry – 1958 – written by Chuck Berry…

8/ ‘Slippin ‘n Slidin’ by Eddie Bo – 1956 – It was Little Richard’s version that Lennon had in mind but Eddie Bo originally recorded the song in 1956 under the title ‘I’m Wise’ before Little Richard covered it in the same year and changed it to ‘Slippin’ and Slidin’…

9/ ‘Peggy Sue’ by Buddy Holly – 1957 – written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty – the introduction in this video sounds hilarious today (but a great support for ‘rock & roll’ at that very time)…

10/ Medley: ‘Bring It On Home to Me’/’Send Me Some Lovin’

‘Bring it on home’ by Sam Cooke – 1962 – written by Sam Cooke…

‘Send Me Some Lovin’ by Little Richard – 1957 – written by John Marascalco and Leo Price…

11/ ‘Bony Moronie’ by Larry Williams – 1957 – written by Larry Willimas…

12/ ‘Ya Ya’ by Lee Dorsey – 1961 – written by Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson and Morris Levy

13/ ‘Just Because’ by Lloyd Price – 1957 – written by Lloyd Price…

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