John Lennon’s Jukebox

Everyone knows who the Beatles were, and thus everyone knows who John Lennon was. Not the nicest person, nor the most original, but certainly an intriguing figure. For me, there are a few types of musicians: musical geniuses (Pink Floyd), soul-sellers (Brian Johnson, Jimi Hendrix), fun people (The Kinks), and passionate music-loving imitators (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones) – a few more and, of course one artist/band can, when relating to a specific part of their life, fit in more than one category – won’t insist here on this. Mr Lennon, as many of his kind, can easily be considered a genius, but a passionate genius rather than a pure one (or, at least the Lennon I will talk about in this post). To make my point clear, the main difference between a ‘passionate genius’ and a ‘pure genius’ is that the latter is doing something which is different from his roots or inspirational background, while the ‘passionate genius’ pays a tribute to his roots and thus can be consider an extension of them. What these genius imitators do is to give a personal twist to what they have learned from their ‘parents’.

To narrow the discussion to the purpose of this page, John Lennon was a very passionate person. Without any doubt, Mr Lennon enjoyed his youth tunes with great intensity, and once he learned how to sing he had to share his enthusiasm. It is something which all the truly passionate people want to do. The Beatles – and Mr Lennon himself – had different phases, and some will remember them for ‘Can’t buy me love’ and others for ‘Come together’.

In a few posts on this blog you will (re)discover the passionate John Lennon: the one that ‘twists and shouts’, the Lennon that dances, and sings with his small acoustic guitar, or maybe on a banjo; the young dreamer, whose dreams are naive, childish, like wanting to hold a girl’s hand. Of course, a world of pace and love and all of the Imagine story is, probably, the dreamer most people know and admire. But I hope that by the end of the journey I propose here you will learn to love these simple dreams of the sixties – which of course are the roots of the more mature hopes of the hippie movement.

Unfortunately, Mr Lennon did not have an iPod. So whenever he went away on a tour with the Beatles he took with him a portable jukebox (Swiss KB Discomatic ). Pretty cool, hah? If you are a hipster and think of dropping the ‘sooo mainstreamish iPod’ and getting one of these vintage beauties, they are very rare and very expansive. Sooo don’t even think about it.

Right, enough trolling. So Mr Lennon had a portable jukebox which he filled with 42 singles from the 60s. Since I’m not a smoker and don’t spend money on cigarettes, I’ve decided that collecting old records is my vice and will spend a lot of money on trying to get as many of the 42 (some are still unknown) singles. I’m waiting for the first one to come in the next few days (not telling which one, ha!), and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the second one as well.

Some of the songs from the collection were put on a compilation in the 2004. Wiki link for details, see the tracklist down. Also, a documentary film was made, which I haven’t seen yet, but will asap. Enjoy and stay tuned, will be back very soon with some really really cool tunes! 🙂 Oh, and also check this out.

Tracklist:

Disc one:

1. “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett

2. “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass

3. “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

4. “My Girl” by Otis Redding

5. “1-2-3” by Len Barry

6. “Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker

7. “The Walk” by Jimmy McCracklin

8. “Gonna Send You Back to Georgia” by Timmy Shaw

9. “First I Look at the Purse” by The Contours

10. “New Orleans” by Gary U.S. Bonds

11. “Watch Your Step” by Bobby Parker

12. “Daddy Rollin’ Stone” by Derek Martin

13. “Short Fat Fannie” by Larry Williams

14. “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard

15. “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong

16. “Hey! Baby” by Bruce Channel

17. “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan

18. “Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

19. “Turquoise” by Donovan

20. “Slippin’ and Slidin'” by Buddy Holly

Disc two:

1. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent

2. “No Particular Place to Go” by Chuck Berry

3. “Steppin’ Out” by Paul Revere & the Raiders

4. “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

5. “Some Other Guy” by The Big Three [70’s re-make]

6. “Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers

7. “She Said, Yeah” by Larry Williams

8. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” by Buddy Holly

9. “Slippin’ and Slidin'” by Little Richard

10. “Quarter to Three” by Gary U.S. Bonds

11. “Ooh! My Soul” by Little Richard

12. “Woman Love” by Gene Vincent

13. “Shop Around” by The Miracles

14. “Bring It on Home to Me” by The Animals

15. “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” by James Ray with the Hutch Davie Orchestra

16. “What’s So Good About Goodbye” by The Miracles

17. “Bad Boy” by Larry Williams

18. “Agent Double-O Soul” by Edwin Starr

19. “I’ve Been Good to You” by The Miracles

20. “Oh I Apologize” by Barrett Strong

21. “Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Miracles

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