Lady Madonna was recorded on February 3rd and 6th, 1968. It was the first single of that year, and the first single by The Beatles that went back to basic rock n' roll. It was too a song that defied expectations. Released on the heels of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, many critics believed that the usage musical progression would occur, but rather came this basic song.
The melody (piano intro) was taken from Humphrey Lyttelton's 50s British jazz classic titled"Bad Penny Blues," combined with the rock n' roll horn section, made the perfect marriage for this song at a time when 50s rock was making its reappearance. It should be noted that "Bad Penny Blues," was also produced by Sir George Martin. And, using the melody of another was no big deal because this is all The Beatles used, and you can't copyright a rhythm,
Here is another article about my father Dan Burley:
The word, according to Donegan, was suggested by Ken Colyer's brother Bill, who remembered an outfit called the Dan Burley Skiffle Group, based in Chicago in the 1930's. It seemed to fit, and it caught on; the Ken Colyer Jazzmen became almost as popular for Donegan's between-set skiffle songs as they were for their Dixieland music.
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Or How About Elvis Speaking in Tongues??
Once upon a time there was a man named Dan Burley who was a Musican, Journalist, civil rights Activist before the word was stated and a man who loved to entertain. He was known within the Middle West in Chicago for the man who was on call for House Rent Parties, the rave during the depression, the man who took the first USO Troop overseas with every Black Star available to perform for Black Troops he was on Radio, TV, creator of Jet Magazine in NYC in 1951 I had the orginal and was the man whose Harlem hand Book of Jive was the beginning of the Zoot Suit era for Blacks and now is the forrunner for the current Rap Industry because of this Jive Dictionary, He met with Kings, Presidents and was respected. But again was he respected when the people behind the "Beatles" came into America and started ripping off music so they could make lots of money off of them! In Fact I was outraged some time back to see they they had bragged about taking the words from my father to help creat the song Lady Madonna so then there is the issue of the problem with Micheal Jackson, and music and the rights to Beatle material. They sue us! but again it is fine for the sins of the pass to lay unforgotten in the mist without any regard to the harm and injustice they had dome to many Black Musicans by making money off of them and not given back a dime to them. This was the same issue Little Richard stated years ago, he worked hard as my father did and did not have to steal but could create music out of this creativitity, but again they were allowed to work within white operated night clubs and they worked themselves half to death to get out their songs in hope to make money . And just think if one Black person was Knighted it would hadve done a lot.
So Please Mr. McCarthy review this because the suit issue can come outof the pass and its not right to take and give nothing back! Yes, you had songs in fact I liked before all this but then we know how the Beatles and many other White performers made it and it was off the love, sweat and tears of Black Artist who were stolen on in the past!. And at times I am indeed sue happy myself
Broother Little Richard We Love you!