The John and Paul Duo Songs For Other Artists
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Is there a better songwriting duo than John Lennon and Paul McCartney? Their legacy with The Beatles reshaped the landscape of pop music, and their influence echoes through the decades. However, their musical journey wasn’t confined to the Fab Four, as they gifted the world with an array of remarkable tracks for other artists.
Throughout their illustrious careers, Lennon and McCartney, both individually and collectively, crafted songs for a diverse array of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Peter and Gordon, and their old bandmate Ringo Starr.
One of the notable chapters in their collaborative songwriting venture involved Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas from 1962 to 1970. Lennon and McCartney, playing with The Dakotas, left an indelible mark with songs like ‘From a Window,’ ‘I’ll Be On My Way,’ ‘Bad to Me,’ ‘I’ll Keep You Satisfied,’ and ‘I Call Your Name.’ Their influence extended beyond, reaching British artists such as Cilla Black, The Rolling Stones, and The Fourmost.
While McCartney boasts a more diverse portfolio, Lennon, had he lived longer, might have ventured into an eclectic mix of collaborations. McCartney’s collaborations included ‘Say Say Say’ with Michael Jackson, ‘Veronica’ with Elvis Costello, and the unique project with Kanye West on ‘Only One.’
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The magic of Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting lies in their unique abilities that complemented each other.
Their individual talents, distinct yet harmonious, created a synergy that brought forth ideas neither might have conceived alone. It was a collaborative dance of creativity where one’s strengths compensated for the other’s, resulting in timeless musical gems.
Fearlessness defined their approach. The Beatles’ adaptability, a key element in their enduring relevance, stemmed from McCartney and Lennon’s willingness to embrace various musical styles. They drew inspiration from their lives, ensuring their music remained fresh and unpredictable, never adhering to a formula. This adaptability allowed them to seamlessly collaborate with other artists, bringing a distinctive and exciting touch to every project.
Their versatility is evident in the songs they crafted for other artists. The list includes unexpected collaborations that showcase the duo’s willingness to explore diverse genres:
Songs Lennon and McCartney wrote for other artists:
- From a Window – Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
- I’ll Be On My Way – Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
- Bad to Me – Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
- I Call Your Name – Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
- I’ll Keep You Satisfied – Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
- Say Say Say – Michael Jackson
- Veronica – Elvis Costello
- Only One – Kanye West
- I Wanna Be Your Man – The Rolling Stones
- Woman – Peter & Gordon
- Come and Get It – Badfinger
- I’m The Greatest – Ringo Starr
- Fame – David Bowie