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Songs With Beatles References (Beatles mentioned in others' songs)
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6 April 2010
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Chollie
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Oh, yes, Chollie… there are tons more. And welcome to the Fab Forum, btw! a-hard-days-night-john-6

1) To start, there's one of my all-time faves… David Bowie's "Life on Mars": Now the workers have struck for fame, 'Cuz Lennon's on sale again

2) "Rock 'N' Roll Radio" by the fabulous Ramones (who named themselves after Paul Ramon, Paulie's stage name when the boys toured Scotland with Johnny Gentle): Will you remember Jerry Lee, John Lennon, T. Rex and Ol' Moulty?

3) Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" (written by Bowie): My brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones, We never got it off on that Revolution stuff

4) "London Calling" by The Clash had the infamous line: Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust (but they were huge Beatles fans, especially Joe Strummer) and their song "1977" had this line: I don't care 'cuz I'm not all there, No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones

5) There was a California band called 18 Visions that had a song called "Who the F— Killed John Lennon?"

There are tons more. I'll hand it over to the rest of the forum…

6 April 2010
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Off the top of my head:

American Pie by Don McLean

Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny by Lemon Demon (The reference is actually to the blue-meanie, but you didn't want Mr. Rogers killing The Beatles did you?)

Paul McCartney by The Scissor Sisters

That's all I can think of for now.

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6 April 2010
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skye said:

Off the top of my head:

American Pie by Don McLean


American Pie. Only just noticed it but the line says "And while Lennon read a book of Marx" 
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6 April 2010
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Do tribute songs count? I'm sure there were loads in the 60s. The best-known is probably Dora Bryan's All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle.

Last week I published this article about The Beatles holding the top five positions in the Billboard chart in 1964, and 12 singles in there altogether. I found out there were also two tribute songs: We Love You
Beatles by The Carefrees at 42, and A Letter To The Beatles by The Four
Preps at 85.

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6 April 2010
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Paul Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace" is another one.  He refers to "the year of the Beatles" in the chorus, and the entire last verse is about how he heard the news of Lennon's death:

 

 

On a cold december evening 
I was walking through the Christmas tide 
When a stranger came up and asked me 
And the two of us went to this bar 
And we stayed to close the place 
And every song we played 
Was for the late great Johnny Ace
Not a bit like Cagney.
6 April 2010
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I'm not sure if this example fits the topic, but U2's "God Part II" (Rattle & Hum album) is in itself a homage to John's solo song "God"...

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
6 April 2010
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Chollie
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Awesome songs...just thought of another, Summer Rain By Johnny Rivers ....

All summer long, we spent dancin' in the sand,
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
I guess it kind of counts.

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7 April 2010
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Alissa
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There's a local band that's getting quite popular in Canada called the Arkells- they have a song called John Lennon!
Quite a catchy tune too, I went to their concert and had a great time!

a-hard-days-night-john-6

The chorus is as follows:

I'm John Lennon in '67!
(Lennon and 'seven' somewhat rhyme… yes?)

They also have a great verse that goes like this:

She tells me her favourite song
and I say, "yeah, that's a good one."
She says it follows her around-
no shit, it's by the Beatles. 

You can imagine how loud I screamed that whole verse while they played it! a-hard-days-night-george-8 

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
7 April 2010
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I assume it's available on iTunes and the like? I'll have to check that out. a-hard-days-night-john-3

I forgot to mention You Can Be My Yoko by The Barenaked Ladies.

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7 April 2010
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8 April 2010
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And it reminded me too of You Were Right by Badly Drawn Boy:

"And I remember doing nothing on the night John Lennon died..."

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I'm surprised no one's mentioned "I Just Shot John Lennon" by The Cranberries. One of my friends is a massive fan of theirs, so of course she had to tell me when she found out I loved The Beatles. The whole song is basically about his death.

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