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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

L is for Love Songs


Some noted philosopher once declared: "You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs. But I look around me and I see it isn't so. Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs. And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know, 'cause here I go again."

That sage, of course, was one Sir James Paul McCartney, who wrote the song with his late wife Linda. Sir Paul's previous group, the Beatles, wrote a lot of love songs. Lennon/McCartney composed a bunch they gave to others, and the pre-success Fab Four covered love songs that appear on Live at the BBC and Anthology 1.

Here are some Beatles' songs with Love (or Loving) in the title, with links to the songs:

Love Me Do (1962) - pretty simple, or even simplistic, but became a big hit (UK 4, US 1) eventually.
P.S. I Love You (1962) - sweet song which went to UK 4, US 10.
She Loves You (1963) - despite the "yeah, yeah, yeah", a rather sophisticated piece for its time, written in the third person. #1 on both sides of the pond.
All My Loving (1963) — breaks into an almost rockabilly bridge. US #45.
Can't Buy Me Love (1964) - the significance of this song is that when the Beatles had the Top 5 songs in the US, on April 4, 1964, this was #1. Topped the charts in the UK, too.
And I Love Her (1964) - a beautiful song from A Hard Day's Night, went US #12.
Words of Love (1964) a Buddy Holly cover from the Beatles for Sale album.
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (1965) - a sad song from the Help! soundtrack.
It's Only Love (1965) - album cut on Help! (UK), Rubber Soul (US).
Love You To (1966) - Revolver album cut, complete with sitar.
All You Need Is Love (1967) - now this IS a silly love song.
"There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy."
But I love it anyway, especially the She Loves You reprise. #1 on both sides of the pond.
Real Love (1995) - the completion of a 1979 John Lennon song that appears on Anthology 2 (UK 4, US 11).

The Cirque du Soleil soundtrack of Beatle mashups is appropriately titled LOVE. BTW, John Lennon's 72nd birthday would have been next week (October 9).

Now go show some LOVE to your fellow ABC Wednesday colleagues and visit!



29 comments:

  1. Perfect! You can't ever have too many people LOVE you! In this world, difficulties can be diminished with a demonstration of LOVE and affection. I LOVE your post today; it brings back many LOVELY memories of great music from a talented group. My kind of music and my era!!

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  2. http://childrensfitnessgyminwuzhouguangsi.blogspot.com/2012/10/abc-wednesday-l-if-for-last-or-lasting.html

    here is my link, someone post it for me?

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  3. Nancy - the linky will be active in 48 minutes. If you have difficulty, please write back.

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    1. Nancy - actually I DID posted your blog.

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  4. Great series of Beatles songs, Roger! The nicest thing of love songs is that they are SILLY!

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  5. Fine production, Rog. Very well done...

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  6. I LOVE me some Beatles, so this is a great post to start my day! Happy ABC Weds (or Tues in my area!)

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  7. Ah! Now all these wonderful Beatles songs will be Rambling around in my head today! Good thing I LOVE them all!

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  8. Love songs is a great introduction for L words. I remember shortly before Bill and I got married me were laughing while listening to the beatles and saying hmmmmm I wonder how many people of our generation would count why don't we do it in the road as one of their "our songs". I hasten to add that if any song was "our song" it would have been Billy Joel's "Just the way you are".

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    1. No, Carver, I haven't met anyone who's been using Why Don't We... as their song, but they may be out there.

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  9. Great post ~ Beatles were a real innovation and quite good musically ~ thanks for this wonderful memory and hosting ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. LOVIN' this...when I was recently in Liverpool, LOVE was all around! ;)

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  11. Awwww The Beatles - my favourite was Paul! I guess I still LOVE him! As you do, love me do - do you too? lol!

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  12. What a talented group - their music is fantastic - and lives on - great L blog - thanks Roger - Jane UK

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  13. I miss bands like the Beatles that I grew up with. Now, if I don't listen to oldies... I don't understand a thing they are saying. All they know how to do today is swear.

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  14. So many love songs?! Good to see them in a list.

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  15. The Beatles are in a class all their own...Love your post! And Happy 2's Day since this is still Oct 2nd♫♪ ... using Ordinary Words

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  16. Seems like there is always more that can be said or sung about love!

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  17. I loved She loves you. Yah yah yah

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  18. I went to a strict mission school, the principal won't let us sing the Beatles song. Love love love one day. Hate Hate hate another.

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  19. I do love the Beatles' love songs.

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  20. Having Beatle music as soundtrack for my growing up years is rather a heady experience. Their music made my "wonder years" even more magical and fabulous!

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  21. Great post...loved all the Beatles songs! Of course, now they're stuck in my head for the immediate future..lol.

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  22. those boys were quite something, weren't they?

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  23. The Beetles and Elvis songs are my favorite in the 70s !

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  24. This was like a trip down memory lane with all these songs. Now I have Love Me Do stuck in my head and I'll be singing it all day.

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  25. Roger, as much as I dug your into to this, my post is dead serious about young girls forced into prostitution. Hope you won't mind, but there is plenty to love in the lion-hearted women and men who are working to help these victims of caste, of family poverty, of circumstance. Peace, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/10/04/little-lajwanti-lost-brothels-of-india/

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  26. I am a sucker for "schmaltz" so of course, I love love songs. I fell for The Beatles during their very first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They made rock and roll history and their music will, I believe, LAST as LONG as there are people who LISTEN TO and appreciate music.

    I have just completed an "I" post, but soldier on, hoping to catch up :)

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