Friday, September 5, 2008

Be-Bop-a-Lula by John Lennon – ***; by Paul McCartney – ***; by Horst Fascher – **

First released: 1975

Lennon does an excellent version of the Gene Vincent classic from 1956. It’s a great opener for Lennon’s "Rock ‘n’ Roll" album written by Davis/Vincent. It was also on "Instant Karma" from 2001. A demo version appears on 1998’s "The John Lennon Anthology" and "Wonsaponatime".

McCartney does a live take on the song on "Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)" in 1991, and The Beatles performed it live on "Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962" in 1977, with some waiter with the name of Horst Fascher as the lead singer.

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