Monday, March 26, 2012

Teddy Boy


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"Teddy Boy" is an album track from the 1970 "McCartney" album, released on 17 April 1970. As always with Paul, it has a nice melody. It also is fairly easy to play on the guitar if you are into that. Sounds to me like a throwback to the "White Album" days - which, in a sense, it is. Actually, Paul wrote "Teddy Boy" during his stay in India in 1968. The Beatles recorded six versions of "Teddy Boy" in January 1969 for what turned into the "Let It Be" album but passed on it.

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Paul McCartney in the Cavern Club, 1961.

"Teddy Boys," incidentally, was a term with which Paul would have been quite familiar. It was a name for young English toughs in the '50s who adopted peculiar throwback fashions and styles in the clothes they wore and the cars they drove. Digging even deeper into this, Ringo Starr played a Teddy Boy in the 1973 British film "That'll Be the Day," whose plot has certain general similarities to McCartney's song. The Beatles themselves ultimately released Paul's "Teddy Boy" on "Anthology 3" in 1996.

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And going to the final level on this, one of Paul's songs on follow-up album "Ram," "Monkberry Moon Delight," has a definite rockabilly feel to it. Early Teddy Boys were associated with that genre, so for some reason, these early influences on his life were on Paul's mind right after the breakup of the Beatles.



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