It’s 1968 and I’m 6 years old.
This time around I checked the American and Canadian charts to decide on my fav pop radio song for ’68.
I don’t even know if it really is my fav song. But I thought I would highlight The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” as a fantastic example of a finely crafted pop tune. Also, time to stop ignoring The Beatles, arguably the best pop-rock band to appear in musical history.
I remember hearing it as a kid in my brother’s room. He had a pretty good stereo for those days. And it really jumped out of the old speakers. If was fresh. Different. And the lyrics caught my young mind.
Someone liking someone who dislikes them? And the main character in the song is confused about it?
All pretty new for a six year old. So that one really stuck.
As an adult, of course, I totally get it. But back then… intriguing.
I think the video (below) is a bit weak. The Sgt. Pepper’s imagery was already stale when Magical Mystery Tour came out. But the song itself sparkles.
Paul McCartney was widely recognized as a great bassist from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s, and rightly so. Just listen to that bassline. So innovative, yet it always finds its way back to the root. And Ringo’s drumming. Well, I think Ringo is a fabulously creative drummer. Some say he was terrible and couldn’t drum his way out of a wet paper bag. Others feel like I do. Ringo = Brilliant.
Ringo grew up not being able to afford a real drum kit so practiced on anything he could get his hands on. It shows. In a great way. His rolls are so Ringo. Nobody else could come up with the stuff he produced. A standard rock drummer wouldn’t have cut it with the Beatles. Everything had to be different, unconventional. Including the drums.
And just when you think “Hello Goodbye” is over, we find a false ending. What starts up after isn’t just more of the same but a whole new singalong jingle.
I don’t think that was too common for 1968.
So for its sheer originality and expert craftsmanship, this is the tune for ’68.
Magical Mystery Tour actually has several outstanding songs. Songs I probably like better as an adult. But in ’68 they were more for FM than AM. And as a 6 year old, I just wasn’t there yet.
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