- She Loves You – This is
the quintessential early Beatles song. The fun
and upbeat groove should get your children up
and dancing in no time. The “Yeah, Yeah,
Yeahs” are especially fun to sing along
to. This song was The Beatles’ first truly
huge hit and remained England’s highest
selling single of the 1960’s. For the
kids, we think of She Loves You as a
mother loving her children.
- Twist And Shout – The
only cover song on the The
Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids.
It was originally done by the Isley Brothers,
but it was John Lennon’s raw vocal that
made the remake huge. We think our Bingo Kids
(led by Jim Boggia on adult lead vocal) really
captured that energy.
- All You Need is Love –
One of our favorite songs on the album. The
original was recorded for the first ever live
world TV broadcast in 1967 (on “Our World”).
The simple message of “Love, Love, Love
– All you need is Love” is obviously
a lyric that all children and parents can enjoy
together. By the way, we really think our musical
and production team nailed the complicated string
and horn instrumentation at the end. It took
The Beatles a whole room full of people to create
this sound- we did it with two :-)
- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – This
song’s lead vocal features our own Marissa
Crowe, age 14. We think she completely conveys
the upbeat energy that Paul McCartney wrote
about in this bouncy story of Desmond and Marty
- Love Me Do – We counted.
The word “Love” appears in this
song 21 times. Certainly a great refrain for
a children’s album. The song was the first
Beatles hit. As a matter of fact, The Beatles’
producer, George Martin, did not even let Ringo
Starr plays drums on the original recording,
as he did not yet trust his drumming skills.
- Penny Lane – This is a
story of Paul McCartney’s childhood. Striving
to write a song about his youth, he recalled
(and made up) scenes involving the banker who
did not wear a mac (raincoat), the barber and
the fireman. For us, this wonderful melody captures
the style of middle-period Beatles music.
- Your Mother Should Know –
Paul McCartney had a string of “dance
hall/cabaret tunes” that hearkened back
to his father’s music in his youth. These
songs included Your Mother Should Know, When
I’m Sixty-Four, and Honey Pie.
This song with its lyric – “Let’s
all get up and dance to a song that was a hit
before your mother was born, though she was
born a long long time ago – your mother
should know” was a natural selection for
- Eight Days A Week – As
usual, the song is track number eight on the
record. Just as it is on Beatles For Sale
and The Beatles #1 albums. As Scott Bricklin
said during the recording of The
Bingo Kids Beatles Hits For Kids, “The
Beatles worked eight days a week, we have to
work nine days a week just to try and sound
as good as The Beatles.”
- Yellow Submarine – Another
obvious choice for the album. This was the title
track of The Beatles cartoon movie involving
the fab four issuing forth from Pepperland to
battle The Blue Meanies (and by the way, does
anyone remember The Beatles animated cartoon
show?). The song was specifically written to
be easy for children to listen to and sing along
with. Ringo’s voice is particularly child-like
and easy to follow. One of our kids’ favorite
parts is in the middle section when “the
Captain” (played on our CD by Jim Boggia)
shouts “Drop The Cable! Drop The Cable!”
Listen for it.
- Octopus’s Garden –
Another obvious choice. This one is sung by
our own Ringo Starr, Bingo Kid Robert Pellechio,
Jr. One of Ringo’s few original compositions
played on a Beatles’ records (Abbey Road),
he wrote it after being told how an octopus
creates a garden in its sea home made of shiny
objects in the water. Try making a home octopus’s
garden as a project with your child. What do
you think might go in it?
- I Want To Hold Your Hand –
This is the song that drove Beatlemania to unprecedented
heights. I Want To Hold Your Hand was
The Beatles first number one hit in America.
We like to think of a child holding hands with
his / her parents. Remember, with your love,
I can’t hide- I can’t hide –
I can’t hiiiiiiide!
- When I’m Sixty-Four –
A group ensemble featuring all of The Bingo
Kids and ending with an especially cute and
poignant “when I’m sixty-four”
from Danielle Gansky, who will be sixty four
years old in only fifty seven more years.
- Hello, Goodbye – This
is just a fun song that we all love. The word
opposites in the lyric are great fun for kids.
See if they recognize the back and forth in
“Hello – Goodbye, Stop – Go,
Yes – No”, among others. For some
reason, two of the Bingo Kids (Laura and Marissa)
thought the backing harmonies to the chorus
sounded a little like a Campbell’s Soup
Commercial. We still like them even though we
think they’re pretty goofy.
- Here Comes The Sun –
Just a beautiful song by George Harrison. The
Abbey Road album was just such a transcendent
songwriting moment for “the quiet Beatle”
as he created two of the most beautiful songs
in The Beatles catalog – “Something”
and “Here Comes The Sun.” The kids
all seem to love this happy melody and joyful
lyric about the sun coming out. We were all
greatly saddened by George’s passing.
During the course of the recording of this album,
three of our friends gave birth to baby boys,
two with the first name of Harrison and one
with Harrison as a middle name - all in tribute
to George. They are beautiful kids, and we only
hope that they experience the joy that shines
forth in George’s music as they grow.
- Golden Slumbers – Our
favorite lullaby. Good night Bingo Kids.
Stay tuned after the songs end to hear the Bingo
take on a famous John Lennon quip from the roof
of Abbey Road Studios after the Let It Be
concert recording of the song Get Back.
(And, by the way, check out www.bingorecords.com for the next of many
one-of-a-kind children's music cds to come:
The Bingo Kids Sing Beatles Hits For Kids, Volume
2, COMING SOON!)