Thursday, January 29, 2009

Act naturally

My oldest friend works for the Act party (I mix with these people so you don’t have to) which is having a conference this weekend in Auckland. I suggested that they might adopt the Buck Owens hit “Act Naturally”, which was later covered by the Beatles, as their theme song, but he thought not. Maybe Rodney isn’t a Beatles fan; maybe it’s the line “the biggest fool that ever hit the big time”.

Anyway, here is Ringo singing the hell out of it in, it must be, 1965. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is only two years away, and with it George Harrison’s sitar on “Within You Without You”. All Things Must Pass, still the best-selling album by a solo Beatle, was three years after that. You wouldn’t think it possible from this:

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