Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sweet Little Sixteen by The Beatles – ***; by John Lennon – **; by Ringo Starr – ***

First released: 1975

Lennon recorded a plodding version of this Chuck Berry tune for his "Rock ‘n’ Roll" album. Berry’s version from 1958 is vastly more upbeat. It was also on 1990’s "Lennon" and "Instant Karma" from 2001. In 2006, Ringo recorded a version with Jerry Lee Lewis that appears on Lewis’ "Last Man Standing" album. The Beatles performed it live on "Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962" in 1977. A 1963 radio version appears on 1994's "Live at the BBC".

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