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What Beatles song might have sounded better (or worse) with a different singer?
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Father McCartney
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8 June 2014 - 9.01pm

I don't think the bass is sophisticated enough - the timing/pace is inconsistent and the plucking seems jerky and amateurish in places. Even in the roughest of demos Paul tended to nail these things.

I could very well be wrong, though - it's hard to tell.

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10 June 2014 - 4.04pm

This thread makes me really, really sad, because I really want to hear the others do those songs now paul-mccartney

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vonbontee
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10 June 2014 - 9.42pm

I never get tired of saying this when the subject comes up, but John should've taken "Roll Over Beethoven" for himelf to sing.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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10 June 2014 - 10.10pm

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10 June 2014 - 10.18pm

Annadog40 said
Ringo - Within You Without You

Now THAT would be interesting... and it DOES have a lot of low notes. However, the "if they only knew-ew-ew" part may have been a strain for him. Besides that (if even it proved a problem) it could have worked.

Love You To probably would have been easier for him; the entire song is easily within his range.

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11 June 2014 - 2.12pm

I disagree-I think most of them were perfect for the singers they were intended for-especially Ringo. He has a wonderful baritone that most people understate-even the rest of the Beatles!

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vonbontee
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11 June 2014 - 5.52pm

"I'll Cry Instead" would've been perfect for Ringo (he was always good at those country-westernish things) and would've provided him with his missing vocal spotlight on AHDN. Opportunity missed!

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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thisbirdhasflown
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11 June 2014 - 6.09pm

Such a shame he missed A Hard Days Night! He was good at country and western (Help! was Act Naturally-done by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos).

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11 June 2014 - 6.35pm

thisbirdhasflown said
Such a shame he missed A Hard Days Night! He was good at country and western (Help! was Act Naturally-done by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos).

For you.

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11 June 2014 - 6.46pm

Thank you! I love that song! I'm learning how to play it! Thanks for the video!

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26 June 2014 - 11.44pm

it's maybe a little bit out of topic... but i was just listening to janis joplin, and suddenly thought: how cool would it be, if she would have done a "oh darling"-cover!
what do you say? 

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vonbontee
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29 June 2014 - 5.19am

Great singer, good song. Yeah, I can imagine that being a pretty memorable record! It's got those little peaks and valleys of intensities that she could chew on nicely. (Does this thread encompass non-Beatles singing Beatles songs too? I don't remember, have to go back and read the whole thing!)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Linde
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29 June 2014 - 12.28pm

^

Yep, it does!

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MrMoonlight
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30 June 2014 - 6.25pm

Have there ever been any demos released of Lennon-McCartney singing songs written for George or Ringo?

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30 June 2014 - 8.27pm

Not so far tho i think a demo acetate of Do You Want To Know A Secret is reported to exist somewhere and an acetate of a '63 recording of What Goes On came up for auction a year back.

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18 August 2014 - 6.13am

For the "worse" category, I think if Paul had sung (or would still contemplate singing) "Girl" it would not be able to be as good as John's interpretation -- partially because of the emotion John naturally was able to bring to his vocals, which Paul I think lacks.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
Hadn't really thought about this, but Paul's Concert for George rendition of For You Blue is absolutely beautiful. I think that could have sounded pretty good. It's still good with George, though.

I just listened to that for the first time.  I definitely agree Paul's version is good -- not sure if it is better, though.  One problem is that Paul tends to be a bit too relaxed when he's live and one wants to know how he would do that song in the studio when he's really serious about the best take he can do for the final cut.

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18 August 2014 - 12.52pm

Ringo singing Baby in Black for worst

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19 August 2014 - 12.20am

If we're going to extremes...

Ringo singing Because. Alone.

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19 August 2014 - 12.32am

I hope I don't regret opening this up to include "worse". I don't want it to become a downer, dumping ground.

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