Just watched an interesting video, “10 Beatles Hits That ‘Rip Off’ Other Songs,” which for one example shows how the bassline for “I Saw Her Standing There”* was taken from Chuck Berry’s song “I’m Talking About You,” which the Beatles had played in their Hamburg days. Paul used a different chord progression, according to the video.
Ya learn something new every day!
The part about the opening of “Revolution” being the same as part of “Do Unto Others” by Pee Wee Crayton reminds me of a personal anecdote. Long ago, in a decade far, far away, I used my parents’ stereo to play my records. One day, after obtaining the “White Album,” I put on “Revolution,” with that distorted, frenzied guitar opening, causing my father to rush into the living room very concerned. He thought there was something wrong with the electronics, so I had to explain that no, that’s how the song goes. At the next gift-giving occasion (either my birthday or Christmas), I received a nice set of closed headphones.
*“Well, my heart went “boom”
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand