John Lennon Urged Frank Sinatra to Sing 1 of His 'Walls and Bridges' Songs to No Avail
Frank Sinatra didn’t cover much from the catalogue of The Beatles, but he did sing two of the band’s most famous songs. The first was “Yesterday,” the Paul McCartney-penned track (credited to Lennon-McCartney) released in 1965.
After the release of Abbey Road (1969), Sinatra picked another winner in “Something,” the George Harrison track that was the Quiet One’s first A-side on a Beatles single. Sinatra loved “Something” so much he called it one of the greatest love songs ever written.
However, Sinatra didn’t realize Harrison wrote it at first, and at least one former Beatle had fun with that. “Frank Sinatra used to introduce ‘Something’ as his favorite Lennon-McCartney song,” McCartney said in Beatles Anthology. “Thanks, Frank.”
A few years after the Beatles’ breakup, John Lennon wrote a song on the Walls and Bridges (1974) album that he thought was perfect for Sinatra to sing. And Lennon pitched the idea to the Chairman of the Board in a 1980 interview.
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After hitting the Billboard top 10 with his debut solo record, Lennon topped the charts with his ’71 Imagine album. But not even “Imagine” (widely considered his greatest song) made it to No. 1 on the pop charts. Sometime in New York City (1972) and Mind Games (1973) also didn’t yield a No. 1.
Lennon returned to those commercial heights in ...
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