John Lennon thought one of the Beatles’ songs was an early heavy metal record. Paul McCartney also considered the song groundbreaking, albeit for different reasons. Remarkably, the song became a hit twice in the UK.
Paul McCartney called one of the Beatles’ songs ‘a working job’
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: In many years, Paul spoke about “Ticket to Ride” by The Beatles. “It was pretty much a working job that turned out to be pretty good,” he said. “I think what was interesting was a crazy ending: instead of ending like the previous verse, we changed the tempo. We took one of the lines ‘My baby don’t care’ but completely changed the melody.”
The book All We Say: The Last Great Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono contains an interview from 1980. In it, John mentioned “Ticket to Ride”. “It was one of the earliest heavy metal records that was made,” he said. “Paul’s contribution was the way Ringo played the drums.”
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Why Paul McCartney thought the song was “pretty radical at the time.”
in the Paul McCartney: In many years, said Paul, “Ticket to Ride” is innovative. However, he did not claim it was an early heavy metal song.
“We almost invented the idea of a new part of a song to fade out with this song; It was something written specifically for the fade out, which was very effective, but it was pretty cheeky and we made a quick ending,” he recalled. “It was pretty radical back then.”
Paul responded to John’s quote from Everything we say. “John just didn’t take the time to explain that we sat down and worked a full three hour songwriting session on this song, and in the end we had all the words, we had the harmonies, and we had all the little parts,” said Paul.
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How The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” hit the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom
“Ticket to Ride” became a big hit. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week and stayed on the chart for 11 weeks. The track appeared on the compilation 1962-1966. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 175 weeks.
The Official Charts Company reports that “Ticket to Ride” topped the UK charts for three weeks. The track stayed on the charts for a total of 12 weeks. In 1985, the song became a single again. “Ticket to Ride” peaked at number 70 and stayed on the charts for three weeks.
1962-1966 was also popular in Britain. The album peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for 167 weeks.
“Ticket to Ride” became a smash hit – and John felt it entered musical territory.
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