Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Penny Lane


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John Lennon strolling on Penny Lane in Liverpool.




"Penny Lane" was part of a "double A-side" single, with the flip side being "Strawberry Fields Forever." "Penny Lane hit No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. While generally considered one of the truly transcendent singles of the rock era, it became the first Beatles single to fail to reach No. 1 in the United Kingdom on the Record Retailers chart (it did hit No. 1 on the Melody Maker chart for three weeks), signaling a slight downturn in the band's fortunes in their home country (but only relatively speaking, as "Penny Lane" did hit No. 2 on the Record Retailers chart, after all).

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"Penny Lane" is renowned for its iconic music video. It features John Lennon strolling nonchalantly along Penny Lane, unmolested and apparently unnoticed by passersby (though, if you look closely, you can see a crowd in the background observing the filming). Rest assured, Lennon would have been mobbed by fans if he tried that in real life without paid extras walking alongside him. The video is unusual in the sense that the song "Penny Lane" was written almost exclusively by Paul McCartney, but the video focuses almost exclusively on John Lennon instead. This goes contrary to the unwritten rock law that whoever is most responsible for a song (in the sense of writing or performing it, neither of which Lennon did) gets the limelight in the accompanying music video.

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John and I would always meet at Penny Lane. We were writing childhood memories — pleasant memories for both of us.

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"Penny Lane" today is one of only five Lennon/McCartney Beatles songs not owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Northern Songs owned it originally, and that company was acquired by Lew Grade's ATV in 1969. ATV sold the entire catalog to Michael Jackson in 1985, but the man running ATV at the time, Australian entrepreneur Robert Holmes à Court, excluded "Penny Lane" from the sale. Instead, he gifted the song to his daughter Catherine (at her specific request after he offered her one song from the entire catalog). Catherine Holmes à Court owns the song "Penny Lane" to this day.


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Paul McCartney returned to Penny Lane in 2018.

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