Love makes the world go round, but love also goes round itself, in the grooves of the majority of the greatest pop songs ever made.
Chess Records and its founders, Leonard and Phil Chess, played a bigger part than any other record label in making the blues a worldwide phenomenon.
Some songwriters have a greater ability to pluck classic songs from the ether than others, so what sets the great ones apart from the rest?
Written towards the end of the “White Album” sessions, ‘Long, Long, Long’ was one of George Harrison’s most notable spiritual songs.
Capturing The Beatles as a visceral rock band, ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ is one of their most spirited performances of 1968.
Written in Rishikesh, ‘Dear Prudence’ has transcended its original inspiration to become one of The Beatles’ best-loved songs.
Beginning life as a song inspired by the Maharishi, John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ evolved to look at the insecurities and possessive nature of love.
One of the first songs recorded for “The White Album”, ‘Blackbird’ found Paul McCartney responding to the civil-rights movement of the 60s.
The Beatles recorded three versions of ‘Revolution’, from an all-out rocker to an abstract collage, capturing the chaos and unrest of the summer of 1968.
Inspired by one of the Maharishi’s lectures, Mother Nature’s Son found Paul McCartney writing “a heartfelt song about my child-of-nature leanings”.
Playing with fans who sought to decipher hidden meanings in their songs, The Beatles laced ‘Glass Onion’ with references to their earlier songs.
As dark and heavy as any song in The Beatles’ canon, ‘Yer Blues’ demanded an intensity to match – and found it in a cramped Abbey Road storage room.
Starting life as a touching acoustic song, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ became an epic rock number, and one of George Harrison’s finest moments.
During the phenomenally eventful years of 1965-67, the studio changed for musicians & producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
Arguably The Beatles’ most visceral moment on record, ‘Helter Skelter’ grew from a bluesy jam into what’s been cited as the world’s first heavy metal song.