With A Little Help From My Friends
The Beatles
Beatles 1967 Sgt Peppers LP

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • ranks #311 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • composed specifically by Lennon & McCartney as a song for Ringo to sing the lead vocal
  • this is one of only nine Beatles songs that Ringo sang lead vocals on
  • the crowd noise at the beginning of the song, that was added to the mix by producer George Martin, came from a Beatles concert that was recorded at The Hollywood Bowl on August 23, 1964
  • on the record:
       Ringo Starr- vocals, drums, tambourine
       John Lennon- backing vocals, cowbell
       Paul McCartney- bass, piano, backing vocals
       George Harrison- lead guitar
       George Martin- Hammond organ
  • written primarily by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • the working title for the track was "Bad Finger Boogie", reportedly
    because Lennon, after having hurt his forefinger, composed the melody on a piano using his middle finger
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded March 29, 30, 1967 at EMI Sudios, London
  • Joe Cocker did a cover version with Jimmy Page on guitar that peaked at No. 68 on the Hot 100 in 1968
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