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Oh Darling (Reprise)
Oh Darling (Reprise)
Published: 2012/08/27
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Plug In Stero - Oh Darling (feat. Cady Groves)
Plug In Stero - Oh Darling (feat. Cady Groves)
Published: 2011/09/28
Channel: emmmabeeeekaraoke
Oh Darling - The Beatles (Cover)
Oh Darling - The Beatles (Cover)
Published: 2011/12/21
Channel: BobsArtGallery
Plug In Stereo Feat. Cady Groves - Oh Darling [Official Music Video]
Plug In Stereo Feat. Cady Groves - Oh Darling [Official Music Video]
Published: 2012/01/26
Channel: PluginStereo
「Nightcore」→ Oh Darling (Switching Vocals)
「Nightcore」→ Oh Darling (Switching Vocals)
Published: 2017/07/15
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Juliet Simms - Oh Darling - The Voice Blind Auditions
Juliet Simms - Oh Darling - The Voice Blind Auditions
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: Amandine Lolidone146
Elle King   Garage Session  Oh! Darling Cover
Elle King Garage Session Oh! Darling Cover
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Rebecca Montoya
Oh Darling! Across the Universe
Oh Darling! Across the Universe
Published: 2010/12/01
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Haley Reinhart: Oh! Darling
Haley Reinhart: Oh! Darling
Published: 2013/03/26
Channel: Polychrome1201
The Beatles - oh darling RARE
The Beatles - oh darling RARE
Published: 2009/07/09
Channel: MUSICA EN VINILO
The Beatles - Oh! Darling «Cover»
The Beatles - Oh! Darling «Cover»
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: Oromero89 Rock Music
Oh! Darling - Kelly Clarkson
Oh! Darling - Kelly Clarkson
Published: 2012/03/23
Channel: smileyhobbes
KELLY CLARKSON // LIVE - Oh! Darling by The Beatles (Audio)
KELLY CLARKSON // LIVE - Oh! Darling by The Beatles (Audio)
Published: 2016/07/29
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Florence And the Machine Oh! Darling Beatles Cover live Liverpool 10th Dec 2012 Very Rare Complete
Florence And the Machine Oh! Darling Beatles Cover live Liverpool 10th Dec 2012 Very Rare Complete
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: whichway
Oh darling! Sara bareilles version
Oh darling! Sara bareilles version
Published: 2015/05/26
Channel: Soledad Villalba
The White Buffalo - Oh Darling, what have I done
The White Buffalo - Oh Darling, what have I done
Published: 2011/11/12
Channel: mercurytalks
Oh Darling- Canadian Dance Company
Oh Darling- Canadian Dance Company
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: competitiondance
Oh darling! - The Beatles lyrics
Oh darling! - The Beatles lyrics
Published: 2017/01/22
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Oh Darling The Beatles Karaoke - You Sing The Hits
Oh Darling The Beatles Karaoke - You Sing The Hits
Published: 2012/02/09
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Belén Guillen cantó “Oh Darling” - Audiciones a ciegas - T2 - La Voz Ecuador
Belén Guillen cantó “Oh Darling” - Audiciones a ciegas - T2 - La Voz Ecuador
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: La Voz Ecuador
Norah Jones "Oh Darling!" - MusiCares Person of the Year 2012: Sir Paul McCartney
Norah Jones "Oh Darling!" - MusiCares Person of the Year 2012: Sir Paul McCartney
Published: 2015/05/27
Channel: AXS TV Concerts
Haley Reinhart - "Oh! Darling" (The Beatles) live @ Dell Children
Haley Reinhart - "Oh! Darling" (The Beatles) live @ Dell Children's Medical Center SXSW 2016
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: MyMusicRx
Oh Darling
Oh Darling
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Callista Clark
Oh! Darling (Beatles cover)
Oh! Darling (Beatles cover)
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: AllYouNeedIsLub
Oh Darling - Beatles (Anthony Vincent LIVE Vocal Cover)
Oh Darling - Beatles (Anthony Vincent LIVE Vocal Cover)
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: AnthonyVincentMusic
Chris Cornell - Oh Darling  (Live / Beatles)
Chris Cornell - Oh Darling (Live / Beatles)
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: TannerCKG
Steven Tyler - Beatles Covers - I
Steven Tyler - Beatles Covers - I'm Down, Oh Darling, Come Together - Boston MA 9/4/16
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: Concert Chick
Oh! Darling - Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther {Lyrics}
Oh! Darling - Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther {Lyrics}
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: simoneangel552
Bee Gees & Peter Frampton Oh darling
Bee Gees & Peter Frampton Oh darling
Published: 2016/02/13
Channel: Avila av2
¡Tripa y Flor Otero cantaron "Oh darling" en Redes!
¡Tripa y Flor Otero cantaron "Oh darling" en Redes!
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Ez 2
Ира Василенко -  Oh darling - The Beatles - Х-фактор 5 - Первый прямой эфир - 08.11.2014
Ира Василенко - Oh darling - The Beatles - Х-фактор 5 - Первый прямой эфир - 08.11.2014
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Х-Фактор
Jimmy - Oh Darlin - The X Factor Australia 2015
Jimmy - Oh Darlin - The X Factor Australia 2015
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: Kate Tom
Graham Bonnet - Oh! Darling
Graham Bonnet - Oh! Darling
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: Heartbreak In Motordrive
OH DARLING SIREN JAM (DJ FLE)
OH DARLING SIREN JAM (DJ FLE)
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: Coco Crew
How to Play Oh! Darling by The Beatles on Rhythm Guitar
How to Play Oh! Darling by The Beatles on Rhythm Guitar
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: HowToPlayGuitar2
Renato Vianna - Oh! Darling - The Beatles Cover (Acústico oficial)
Renato Vianna - Oh! Darling - The Beatles Cover (Acústico oficial)
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Renato Vianna
Anastasia Petrik - Oh! Darling (New Wave Junior 2010)
Anastasia Petrik - Oh! Darling (New Wave Junior 2010)
Published: 2011/04/26
Channel: NewWaveScandinavia
Мухамедшина, Соколова и Ширяева «Oh Darling» - Поединки - Голос.Дети - Сезон 4
Мухамедшина, Соколова и Ширяева «Oh Darling» - Поединки - Голос.Дети - Сезон 4
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: The Voice Kids Russia/Голос Дети
01 oh-darling(SINGLE MIX)
01 oh-darling(SINGLE MIX)
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: T. iloveootaku
!OH DARLING, PATRICIA SOSA
!OH DARLING, PATRICIA SOSA
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: Alejandro
The White Buffalo - "Oh Darlin
The White Buffalo - "Oh Darlin' What Have I Done" (Sons of Anarchy: Season 6, Episode 10)
Published: 2013/11/12
Channel: The White Buffalo Music
LiWizzy Moore - Oh Darling
LiWizzy Moore - Oh Darling
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: Betak You_T
Versiones al paso | Oh! Darling | Lucas Heredia
Versiones al paso | Oh! Darling | Lucas Heredia
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: Lucas Heredia
Alberto Beltran - Oh darling
Alberto Beltran - Oh darling
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: Directo en Lavapies
Sasha Allen - Oh! Darling - Studio Version - The Voice 4
Sasha Allen - Oh! Darling - Studio Version - The Voice 4
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: TheVoiceStudioRecordings
Run The Jewels - Oh My Darling (Don
Run The Jewels - Oh My Darling (Don't Cry) (Official Video)
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: Mass Appeal
Tawag ng Tanghalan: Rolando Artajo | Oh Darling
Tawag ng Tanghalan: Rolando Artajo | Oh Darling
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: ABS-CBN Entertainment
Valentina Tellado canta "Oh Darling" en Argentiniños -
Valentina Tellado canta "Oh Darling" en Argentiniños -
Published: 2015/04/19
Channel: Melissa y Valentina
THEO DIEPENBROCK "Oh darling "
THEO DIEPENBROCK "Oh darling "
Published: 2015/10/03
Channel: VNCProducties
Oh! Darling - Juliet Simms lyrics
Oh! Darling - Juliet Simms lyrics
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: SimmsSnakes
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"Oh! Darling"
Oh Darling single cover.jpg
Cover to Japanese single
Single by the Beatles
from the album Abbey Road
A-side "Here Comes the Sun"
Released 26 September 1969 (album)
5 June 1970 (Japan single)
Recorded 20 April – 11 August 1969
Genre
Length 3:26
Label Apple
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

"Oh! Darling" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, composed by Paul McCartney[4] (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and appearing as the fourth song on the 1969 album Abbey Road. Its working title was "Oh! Darling (I'll Never Do You No Harm)".[5] Although not issued as a single in either the United Kingdom or the United States, a regional subsidiary of Capitol successfully edited it as a single in Central America, having "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" as its B-side. It was also issued as a single in Portugal. Apple Records released "Oh! Darling" in Japan with "Here Comes the Sun" in June 1970.

Background[edit]

McCartney later said of recording the track, "When we were recording 'Oh! Darling' I came into the studios early every day for a week to sing it by myself because at first my voice was too clear. I wanted it to sound as though I'd been performing it on stage all week."[6] He would only try the song once each day; if it was not right he would wait until the next day. According to sound engineer Alan Parsons, McCartney once lamented that "five years ago I could have done this in a flash".[7] In a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine, John Lennon said, "'Oh! Darling' was a great one of Paul's that he didn't sing too well. I always thought I could have done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he's going to sing it."[4]

George Harrison described the song as "a typical 1950s–'60s-period song because of its chord structure".[8]

Let It Be session[edit]

After an early attempt at this song on 27 January 1969 during the Let It Be sessions, Lennon announced, "Just heard that Yoko's divorce has just gone through", after which he and the band burst into an improvised version of the song, substituting "I'm free at last" for a part of the lyric.[9] The song and the following improvisation are included on the Anthology 3 CD. This version also features a keyboard part played by Billy Preston.[10]

Recording[edit]

The basic track was recorded on 20 April 1969. There were many overdub sessions, including McCartney's attempts at the lead vocal (as described above).[5] According to Ian MacDonald, the backing vocals were "exquisite", but "sadly underplayed in the mix".[11] Engineer Geoff Emerick recalled that McCartney sang while the backing track played over speakers, instead of headphones, because he wanted to feel as though he was singing to a live audience.[12] The song is one of several tracks on Abbey Road that have never been performed onstage by McCartney or any other of the Beatles to date.

During their recording, the group met New Zealand rock band The Fourmyula, who were recording in the adjoining studio.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[11]

Influences[edit]

"Oh! Darling" appears to have drawn heavily on the New Orleans rhythm and blues sound popularised during the 1950s and early 1960s by African-American musicians such as Fats Domino; it also seems to have drawn on the Louisiana swamp blues sound found in songs like Slim Harpo's "Rainin' in My Heart" and Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas". Furthermore, it may have drawn on the related Louisiana genre known today as swamp pop, whose distinctive sound bears an uncanny resemblance to the basic structure of "Oh! Darling" – so much so that some in Louisiana originally thought the song had been recorded by a local musician.[8] (When swamp pop musician John Fred met the Beatles in London in the 1960s, he was shocked to learn that "they were very familiar with Louisiana music.") Fittingly, swamp pop musician Jay Randall eventually covered "Oh! Darling" for the Lanor label of Church Point, Louisiana.[14]

Cover versions[edit]

Robin Gibb version[edit]

"Oh! Darling"
Ohdarlingrobingibb.jpg
Single by Robin Gibb
from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (OST)
B-side "She's Leaving Home"
Released July 1978
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded September 1977
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 3:29
Label RSO
Songwriter(s) Lennon-McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Robin Gibb singles chronology
"August October"
(1970)
"Oh! Darling"
(1978)
"Help Me!"
(1980)
"August October"
(1970)
"Oh! Darling"
(1978)
"Help Me!"
(1980)

In 1978, "Oh! Darling" was released on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. It was also released as Robin Gibb's fourth solo single. It reached number 15 on the Billboard pop chart and number 22 in the US Adult Contemporary Charts on 7 October 1978.[15] It was Gibb's highest charting single in the United States.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[16] 40
Norway VG-lista Singles Chart[17] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 15
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[15] 22

Other covers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Shepherd; David Horn (8 March 2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8: Genres: North America. A&C Black. p. 470. ISBN 978-1-4411-4874-2. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ The Album: A Guide to Pop Music's Most Provocative, Influential, and Important Creations, James E Perone, page 213
  3. ^ "Oh! Darling" at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Sheff 2000, p. 203.
  5. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 174.
  6. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 339.
  7. ^ Dowlding 1989, p. 282.
  8. ^ a b Bernard 1993, p. 106.
  9. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 168.
  10. ^ Anthology 3 liner notes
  11. ^ a b MacDonald 2005, p. 350.
  12. ^ "67 - 'Oh! Darling'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Fourmyula meet The Beatles - Story | AudioCulture". www.audioculture.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  14. ^ Bernard 1993, pp. 106–107.
  15. ^ a b c "Robin Gibb - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "charts.org.nz - Robin Gibb - Oh! Darling". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Robin Gibb - Oh! Darling". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Donna Loren's Shindig". Youtube.com. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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