Beatles Mania! Today we bring a belated ~but great no the less ~Beatles day. These are the entire collection I’ve got. Beatles 1965, The Beatles compilation 1962-1966, John Lennon’s Imagine and Ringo Starr’s Goodnight Vienna. These are all hits, Ringo is a rethrift (details to follow), and they are obviously a boy band. Where to start? Well Imagine was pretty much as you can imagine.. boring and predictable wedding music but a classic keeper. There were several songs on the compilation and best of that we had never heard of ~ though not too surprising we were born in the 70s and unless it went mainstream pop chart hits, we never heard it. I had higher hopes for Ringo. You know, with such a cool name, a Beatles background a robot on the cover.. but non, it was pretty bad. He did covers of Lennon songs and even Sir Elton John but I couldn’t wait to turn it off. Did I even listen to side B? Bot sure.
“(It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna“, an up-tempo John Lennon composition, is the title track to Ringo Starr‘s 1974 album Goodnight Vienna. The title song features John Lennon on opening count-in and piano, and Billy Preston on clavinet; and the Reprise song features Lennon’s intro, ‘OK, with gusto, boys, with gusto!’. The composition was the second of five Lennon songs to be offered for inclusion on Starr’s solo albums, (the others being “I’m the Greatest” from Ringo, “Cookin’ (in the Kitchen of Love)” from Ringo’s Rotogravure, and two unreleased songs intended for Stop and Smell the Roses). The track appeared in the USA in a special mix; “Goodnight Vienna/Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)”, which is currently not found on CD.
The Beatles have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, as of 2012 they have sold 177 million units in the US, more than any other artist. In 2008, they topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful “Hot 100” artists. As of 2012, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from theBritish Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people, the Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with EMI Records estimating sales of over one billion units