The Beatles Can Never Sing This One Song In Their Catalog
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The Beatles were a creative force whose songs we cannot simply hate. The impressive catalog of their songs was something that nobody could imitate – and even after they disbanded and went on with their solo careers, the legacy they created was something that absolutely no one can compare.
But not anyone, including the fab four themselves, was huge fans of their songs. Inside their album Help! – the corresponding album that latched on to their movie of the same name (1965) – was almost occupied with several filler songs, mainly because it became a huge pressure for the Beatles to secure writing the songs all while filming the movie at the same time. Of course, they did it with A Hard Day’s Night (164), but things don’t always stay the same the first time.
Because of how much the band disliked their rendition of “If You’ve Got Trouble,” it was replaced on the final mix of Help! by Ringo Starr’s rendition of “Act Naturally” by Buck Owens. A 12-Bar Original instrumental track was one of many that didn’t make the final cut for the album Help!. Moreover, a third song, the Paul McCartney-penned “That Means a Lot,” also almost made it to the album’s mixing stage before being scrapped.
Speaking with David Sheff back in 1980, Lennon said of the song: “The song is a ballad which Paul and I wrote for the film, but we found we just couldn’t sing it. In fact, we made a hash of it, so we thought we’d better give it to someone who could do it well.”
The Beatles did give the song away because it wasn’t up to their usual standards. P.J. Proby, a vocalist from the United States, was given the song in 1965 and had a moderate amount of success with it. McCartney claims that he and Lennon only offered “That Means a Lot” to Proby because they were under pressure from other musicians who wanted their versions of the song. After realizing that The Beatles would never record their own version of “That Means a Lot,” McCartney decided to give it up to silence his critics.
Years later, the band would eventually release their original version, inside the Beatles Anthology 2. Check it out.