The Beatles like you’ve never heard them before – maybe

When people talk about British music there is one band that will always come into the conversation – The Beatles.

Are we going to be looking at some songs by The Beatles then? Well, yes but not by The Beatles.

But in an indirect way perhaps we are. We are going to be looking at bands that have covered Beatles songs in their own style. All of the songs are definitely in the style of the band who covered the song but if you listen closely you will recognize the distinct writing style of Lennon and McCartney.

Not all of these songs were released as singles so were a little hard to come by. Most were either B-sides on singles or played on compilation albums so the bands possibly only sang them a few times which makes them all the more interesting I think.

So here’s the list.

Let’s look at each song in a little more detail.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Dear Prudence – 1983 

  • Originally released in 1968 by the Beatles.
  • Dear Prudence was released in 1983 by Siouxsie & The Banshees.
  • It was one of the biggest hits for Siouxsie & The Banshees reaching number 3 in the U.K.
  • It was also recorded by Sean Lennon (the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) in 1991 and Alanis Morissette in 2001.

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends – 1968

  • Originally released in 1967 by the Beatles.
  • Released by Joe Cocker in 1968.
  • Cockers version differed in a few ways most notably a lengthy instrumental introduction featuring drums by Procol Harum’s B.J. Wilson, guitar lines from Jimmy Page, and organ by Tommy Eyre.
  • Cocker sang this song at Woodstock 1969 which was included in the documentary (released in 1970).
  • The song has also been released by British band Wet Wet Wet giving them a number 1 hit.

Peter Gabriel – Strawberry Fields Forever – 1976

  • Originally released in 1967 by the Beatles.
  • Covered by Gabriel in 1976 for the musical documentary All This and World War II.
  • The song was never released by Gabriel as far as I am aware. •
  • The song has also been covered by the Bee Gees, Noel Gallagher, Cyndi Lauper and many others.

Deep Purple – Help – 1968

  • Originally released in 1965 by the Beatles.
  • Deep Purple recorded this song in 1968.
  • It appeared on their first album Shades of Deep Purple released in July 1968.
  • The album wasn’t received well in the U.K. but had massive success in the U.S.
  • Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the “unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies”.

Eurythmics – Come Together – 1987

  • Originally released in 1969 by the Beatles.
  • Although recorded by Eurythmics in 1987 but it was not released until 2005 as a bonus track on the digitally remastered version of Savage.
  • As a cover of an already great song I think this is fantastic. Annie Lennox does justice to this classic.
  • Come Together has also been covered by notable bands like Aerosmith, Kate Bush, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker to name just a few.

Elton John – Lucy in the sky with diamonds – 1974

  • Originally released in 1967 by the Beatles.
  • Released as a single in 1974 by Elton John reaching number 10 in the U.K. and number 1 in the U.S.
  • The studio recording featured backing vocals and guitar by John Lennon under the name of Dr. Winston O’Boogie (Winston being Lennon’s middle name).
  • Elton John hasn’t sung this song since 1976 because he said it reminds him of John Lennon too much. On one occasion in 1988 he did sing the song in celebration of what would have been John Lennon’s birthday.

I hope you enjoyed both reading and listening to these classic Beatles tracks by other great artists.

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