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The “joke” Beatles song that features Brian Jones

The “joke” Beatles song that features Brian Jones

The “joke” Beatles song that features Brian Jones
May 22
11:47 2022

Humour was always a core component of The Beatles’ appeal. Whether it was playfully bantering in interviews or entertaining millions on the big screen, The Beatles had plenty of opportunities to show off their comedy chops. While they were mostly serious about their musical, there remain a few instances where the Fab Four devolved into complete farce, most notably on the ‘Let It Be’ B-side ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’.

“John had arrived one night with this song which was basically a mantra: ‘You know my name, look up the number,’” Paul McCartney recalled to Barry Miles in the book Many Years From Now. “And I never knew who he was aiming that at, it might have been an early signal to Yoko. It was John’s original idea and that was the complete lyric. He brought it in originally as a 15-minute chant when he was in space-cadet mode and we said, ‘Well, what are we going to do with this then?’ and he said, ‘It’s just like a mantra.’ So we said, ‘Okay, let’s just do it.’”

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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