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The Beatles Uncovered: 1,000,000 Mop-Top Murders by the Fans and the Famous [Paperback]

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Excerpt: The Best of the Covers

A Hard Days Night

Famous interpretations: It's a soul revue staple, as has been presented with some swaggering grace in the past by Otis Redding, and later by Dionne Warwick.
Celebrity alert: Talked through by Peter Sellers in his best Richard III voice, de-crooned by Max Bygraves, and in full jazz swing with Ella Fitzgerald.
Infamous covers: Would you like it unstylishly bonged by The Mighty Fire Street Band? or out of tune at the piano of Mrs. Miller? Maybe you'd just like it daintily jazzed with Peggy Lee? Or perhaps Take That's interpretation on their "pop" opus Everything Changes is nearer the mark. Beyond that, there's the crazed psycho-rant of Shockabilly.
The ones to cherish: Two years after its release it turned up twice courtesy of two soulful keyboard players. The Ramsey Lewis Trio released it asa single and latter day Beatle, Billy Preston included it on the album The Wildest Organ in Town.
And a full and frank list of also rans: Drummer Sandy Nelson, The Kelly Family, Gary McFarland, Beatle-obsessed vibes and guitar duo Sandy And Johnny, Anita Lindblom, Rainbow Red Oxidizer, piano man Billy Joel, psyche-monsters The Hoodoo Gurus, Sonny Curtis, Johnny Tedesco, Ten Tuff Guitars, Les Beadochons, veteran producer Quincy Jones, and bluesman John Mayall.
Plus the usual suspects: Chet Atkins, Count Basie, The Boston Pops, Al Caiola, and Enoch Light.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 8.88" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   The Black Book Company
ISBN  1902799046  
ISBN13  9781902799049  

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Dave Henderson was born in 1956.

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Mr. Henderson demonstrates industriousness to point of obsession in his pursuit of Beatles covers. It is virtually encyclopedic -- at least through 2000 when the book was published. The sub-title mentions 1 million versions, which might seem like hyperbole for a book with only 142 pages, many of which have large graphics of album covers. However, when I started to count the number of references in these pages, I realized that it's just possible that Mr. Henderson might have reached the million mark. No sub-genre (reggae, soul, c&w, easy listening, etc) or sub-artist (Tiny Tim, David McCallum, Murray the K) is neglected. All in all, awesome stamina. Why only two stars? Because Mr. Henderson's taste is god-awful. Evidence? Both in his slights (Wilson Pickett's stunning "Hey Jude" is just given a bare mention) and his enthusiasms (William Shatner's execrable "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is one of Mr. Henderson's top 30 covers!!!!!), the author demonstrates absolutely no recognizable critical discernment whatsoever.
There is a better book  Jan 21, 2006
As a book for a listing, there is a lot here. But not much in the way of history or insight. A better book would be The Beatles DisCovered by Belmo available at Beatlology. That book has a detailed history of Beatles cover songs, novelty records, tribute albums and parody art. Also some great interviews and articles. There are also about 8 appendixes with lists of cover songs, novelty songs, tributes, etc. A terrific book but one not yet available on this site. You'll need to get the book directly from the publisher (Beatlology).
Don't Bother Me  Sep 16, 2001
I purchased this book through this when it first became available, and have been wondering why ever since. In my opinion, there is no information contained in this book that even the most zealous Beatlemaniac (like myself) would find the least bit interesting. This book is basically a listing of every artist, famous or not, that's ever recorded a Beatles song. As a bonus, you also get to see the album sleeves. WOW! I can't emphasize this enough - DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!!

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