Monday’s Music Moves Me: Beatles Movie Songs (And More!)

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I was stuck for something to do today, and was considering re-running a post I did way back at the beginning of my participation here of movie themes. What stopped me was something I said in that post about not being able to include any of the themes from The Beatles’ movies. Fortunately, both they and YouTube now see fit to put the actual music out there, free to share. Since there were only five movies starring The Fab Four, I had to add a couple at the end. I’m sure you won’t mind…

  1. "A Hard Day’s Night" Video of a live performance in Great Britain of the theme song from their first movie (1964), which is, to this day, still my favorite movie of all time.
  2. "Help!" A promotional film of The Fab Four doing the title song from their second movie (1965), which also starred Leo McKern. The day Mary and I rented this movie, we also rented Shoes of the Fisherman and a Rumpole of the Bailey collection and had a Leo McKern Film Festival. (By the way, all three are excellent.)
  3. "Magical Mystery Tour" One of the first Apple Corps productions was this somewhat bizarre 1967 film, which pretty much was universally panned, but the music is excellent. And, in the right frame of mind (i.e. stoned out of it), the movie isn’t bad, either.
  4. "Yellow Submarine" The animated 1968 feature that featured the band’s music, extra music by George Martin, and a couple of cameos of the boys. The film is full of puns and other silliness that’s quite entertaining.
  5. "Let It Be" Their 1970 swan song featured a rooftop performance and some recording footage. This is film of them recording the title song, including an extra verse improvised by Paul, the original guitar solo by George, and none of the Phil Spector Wall O’ Sound.
  6. Thunderclap Newman, "Something In The Air" Ringo starred in the 1969 film The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers. This is played during the climactic end, which is more than a little gross, so I’ve substituted a different video of hippies decorating the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. Mary and I visited that neighborhood on a trip to see my brother and his family late last century, and the day we were there we were entertained by a young couple having a loud and rather profane argument under the street signs. It was interesting, to say the least…
  7. The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" The 1978 film that was more or less universally panned nevertheless featured some pretty good covers of Beatles songs by Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Peter.
  8. The Rutles, "Hold My Hand" A very funny "mockumentary" from 1978 that starred Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, and John Halsey as the Prefab Four, and cameos by members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the cast of Saturday Night Live (from when it was funny and worth watching). One of the better scenes featured George Harrison as an interviewer. The show included some dead-on parodies of The Beatles’ songs. The TV movie was called The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, the 2004 follow-up was The Rutles: Can’t Buy Me Lunch.
  9. "Free As A Bird" I was running short of songs from Beatles movies (there were two more that I thought of, Caveman that featured Ringo and How I Won The War that featured John, but the music from those was actually pretty standard film fare), so I decided to include this and the next one. Evidently Yoko Ono found a cassette of a couple of songs by John Lennon and gave the tape to Paul McCartney. The three surviving members decided to take the recordings and turn them into full-blown Beatles songs, and with the help of Jeff Lynne they did just that. The songs were released as part of the first two Anthology collections. Beatles fans will have fun watching and seeing how many visual images of Fab Four songs they can find in this.
  10. "Real Love" The second of the two "new" songs that resulted from the cassette Yoko gave Paul. For Beatles fans, it was a glimpse at what might have been.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 24, 2020.

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27 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Beatles Movie Songs (And More!)

  1. I really liked Free As A Bird when it came out…and still do. George’s slide is great in it. Love the Rutles stuff also.

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  2. John,

    I remember when “Yellow Submarine” aired on broadcast TV as a kid. I don’t remember anything about the film but I do recall how excited I was to see it. I have no clue why unless it was because of their popularity. Great playlist. I had no clue that there were this many films they were in but then I haven’t researched this topic. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M crew today. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. Mom promised me we’d go see it, and we never did. The first chance I had to see it was when NBC ran it in ’68–and then I had to miss it to go with Mom to a doing her school was having… Finally saw it in high school, and many times since.

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  3. A great list of songs from movies featuring the Beatles and their fame. A Hard Day’s Night is often considered one of the 100 best films ever made

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    1. “The Magic Christian” was a minor masterpiece. “Caveman,” not so much, although it did star the lovely Shelley Long, who spent a few years at the beginning of her career in Chicago, where she did a few commercials for a local furniture retailer and co-hosting (as well as writing for and producing) a local magazine show and making at least one teenaged boy (who shall go nameless) fall madly in love with her…

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  4. I saw both A Hard Day’s Night and Help! in the movies and owned the LP of A Hard Day’s Night, which I must have played about 10,000 times (not to the enjoyment of my parents). There were two instrumentals on that album, a speeded up version of A Hard Day’s Night and a symphonic version of And I Love Her. I wish I could find both of them on You Tube. Perhaps I should look again. I loved that entire album.

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    1. The instrumentals that were on the US version of “A Hard Day’s Night” were arranged and conducted by (Sir) George Martin. I looked up “And I Love Her” by George Martin, and Voila!

      Even better, someone gathered all the George Martin tracks in one video…

      Half the songs on the British release of the soundtrack were the songs from the movie, the rest were songs that ended up on “Beatles ’65” in the US. Aaaaand… the songs from the movie ended up on Capitol’s “Something New” along with a few other singles-only songs.

      Sorry I went a little gonzo on you with this, but I had fun writing it…

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