Friday, April 8, 2011

"Don't Let Me Down", by The Beatles (music video)

I just felt like hearing some Beatles this morning to get the day started. This clip comes from the Fab Four's historic impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records on January 30, 1969, recorded during rehearsals for the album "Let It Be". Many cuts on the album, including this one, feature Billy Preston on keyboard.

This was their first live performance since the band swore off  touring a few years before. The ear-splitting shrieking of their teenaged fans made it impossible to hear the music.

One of the things I like best about this clip is watching the reaction of ordinary people going about their day, stopping in the streets and climbing out onto rooftops. Even some older Brits, who derided Rick and Roll just a few years before, couldn't help but be caught up in the magic of the moment.

The other thing I love about this song is how John Lennon flubs the lyrics, but keeps on going. Enjoy.

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