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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “Memories/Howling At The Moon” (piano demo)

Posted by on November 5, 2012 at 6:00 am.

Hello, and welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. First off I wanted to say a big “thank you” to those of you who caught me on Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles this weekend. I heard back from a few of you who heard the show and had nothing but good things to say about it and that meant a lot to me. Now on with the BROW…

A month ago with John Lennon’s birthday in my mind, I put together a BROW post that featured a piano demo of his composition “Real Love” (check this out here). I thought I’d share another of these today and just like that last offering, this one was recorded on a portable cassette recorder that John placed on top of the piano at his Dakota building apartment in New York. The time of the recording is uncertain, but known to be in the mid-1970′s and most likely between December 1974 and February 1975 during the period when he was arranging to move back in to the apartment with Yoko Ono following his “Lost Weekend” period with May Pang. The performance here is actually a combination of separately constructed tunes; the first of which is titled “Memory” (or “Memories”), followed by “Howling At The Moon.” John vocalizes in spots here as the words are not established but eventually reworked the entire song, keeping the tune and replacing most of the original words to come up with another unreleased song called “Tennessee.” Toward the end and after a pause in the tape we hear John lapsing into the 1960 Everly Brothers favorite “Cathy’s Clown” before hitting the stop button on the recorder.

John Lennon - Memories/Howling At The Moon/Cathy's Clown

John Lennon, Feb. 24, 1975 on the Dakota building rooftop

John Lennon, Feb. 24, 1975 on the Dakota building rooftop

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1) Anthology 1998 4-CD box set with lots of John Lennon out-takes, demos and extras.

2) More Amazon links for any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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  • Bob Dudek says:

    sounds like Memories morphed into GROW OLD ALONG WITH ME. i like it :)

  • Darrell Studna says:

    This is incredible to hear! My god, where did you find it? Did Yoko give it to ya? LOL!!!!!! It sounds so much like one of my piano writing sessions, that it’s almost scary to me.

  • Stacia says:

    It’s the same melody as “Tennesee”, too. One of my faves. I feel like there was once, somewhere in the depths of the bootleg-friendly internet, a chronology of melodies of Dakota material. I believe it was related to the “Between the Lines” release around 2003 or 04, but I can’t find it after a little looking. Anyone else remember?

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