Brian Jones Rolling Stones Guitarist & Co-FounderThe saxophone solo on “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” was played by the Rolling Stones’ guitarist and co-founder Brian Jones. The recording of the song began with all four Beatles during the summer of 1967, with Jones adding his saxophone part in June.

The song was shelved for two years until April 1969, when John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded their vocal tracks and added additional sound effects with the help of road manager/assistant Mal Evans.

The song would not appear on record for yet another year when it became the B-side to the Beatles’ single, “Let It Be”, released in 1970. Brian Jones would not live to see it’s release as he died due to a drowning accident (or some say due to murder) on July 3, 1969.

With The Beatles 1963 UK albumWith the Beatles‘ was released on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On the same date, The Beatles performed a concert at the Globe Theatre in Stockton on Tees, England. ‘With the Beatles’ was the band’s second UK album and it was recorded four months after their first album, ‘Please Please Me’.

Here’s a gazettelive.co.uk article about that date: The Beatles and a night to remember. Friday November 22, 1963

The Beatles single "The Ballad of John and Yoko" b/w "Old Brown Show"John Lennon and Paul McCartney are the only Beatles performing on the single “The Ballad of John and Yoko”. On April 14, 1969, when the song was recorded, Ringo Starr was busy filming ‘The Magic Christian’ and George Harrison was on holiday. The recording session of just Lennon and McCartney came about because John was anxious to record the song, so he called on Paul and suggested they do it without waiting for the other two Beatles to return. They completed the record in a single day. Lennon handled lead vocals, lead guitars, acoustic guitar and percussion, while McCartney played the drums, bass guitar, piano, maracas, and provided backing vocals. Yoko Ono was present during the session though she most likely had no part in the recording.

“The Ballad of John and Yoko” chronicles the events surrounding Lennon’s marriage to Ono just a month before, and some of their activities together, including their first Bed-In, and their demonstration of bagism. In 1970, John remarked in Rolling Stone magazine: “It was very romantic. It’s all in the song, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, if you want to know how it happened, it’s in there. Gibraltar was like a little sunny dream. I couldn’t find a white suit – I had sort of off-white corduroy trousers and a white jacket. Yoko had all white on.”

Bonnie Jo Mason/Cher Bono - Ringo, I Love You 45 SingleUnder the pseudonym of Bonnie Jo Mason, a teen-aged Cher recorded the novelty record “Ringo, I Love You”. The single was Cher’s first record and was released in 1964 on Annette Records, with “Beatle Blues” (instrumenal) on the flip side.

Cher’s husband-to-be, Sonny Bono, worked as an assistant to record producer Phil Spector, and helped her get a job as a studio backup singer. This led to the record being produced by the famous (and later infamous)  Spector.

The songwriting for “Ringo, I Love You” is credited to P. Spector – P. Case – V. Poncia – P. Andreoli.

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