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Sunday, January 23, 2005


On the Beatles first two (English) albums, 5 girl group cover songs:

1. "Chains," written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, lead vocal by George, original by the Cookies.
2. "Boys," lead vocal by Ringo, original by the Shirelles, now widely believed to be the greatest of the girl groups, song co-written by the Shirelles' main producer and songwriter, Luther Dixon.
3. "Baby, It's You," music by Burt Bacharach, lead vocal by John, original by the Shirelles.
4. "Please Mr. Postman," lead vocal by John, original by the great Motown group the Marvelettes, song co-written by 5 people on the Motown staff including hall-of-famer Brian Holland.
5. "Devil In Her Heart, lead vocal by George, original by I-don't-remember-and-had-never-heard-of-them-anyway, song by someone named Drapkin.

Interesting: Of the five songs, 3 are by hall-of-fame songwriters and one by a should-be hall-of-famer. The Fabs could pick 'em.

And: Paul has been historically dissed as the soft one, but he's the only one who didn't sing a girl-group lead. The girl group songs weren't soft, but they were vulnerable. Paul was the macho one.

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