From '' More Sweet Soul ''
Label: ATCO Records -- SD 33-276
Format: Vinyl, LP
A1 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
A3 One Night Is All I Need
A4 I Got A Feeling
A5 Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack
A6 Stuff You Gotta Watch
B1 Something You Got
B2 Is That You Love
B3 Speak Her Name
B4 Run On
B5 That Can't Be My Baby
B6 Take A Step
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is a song credited to Lennon--McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (also referred to as The White Album).
It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.
Paul McCartney wrote the song around the time that highlife and reggae were beginning to become popular in Britain. The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra" was an expression that Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney, used.
The song is in the key of B flat and written in 4/4. The alternative version on Anthology 3 is in the key of A major.
During May 1968, The Beatles gathered at George Harrison's Esher home, in Surrey, to record demos for their upcoming project. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was one of the twenty-seven demos recorded there.
Paul performed this demo solo, with only an acoustic guitar.
He had also double-tracked his vocal, which was not perfectly synchronised, creating an echoing effect.
According to studio engineer Geoff Emerick, John Lennon openly hated the song, calling it "Paul's granny shit".
Lennon left the studio during a recording of the song (after several days and literally dozens of takes of the song, trying different tempos and styles), then returned while under the influence of marijuana, went immediately to the piano and played the opening chords much louder and faster than before. He claimed that was how the song should be played, and that is the version they ended up using.
Marmalade, whose version reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1969. Their cover sold around half a million in the UK, and a million copies globally by April 1969.
Amateur Transplants, on the album Unfit to Practice as "Urology Clinic A".
Arthur Conley, on the album More Sweet Soul.
Jimmy Cliff, as a bonus track on the CD version of Humanitarian.
Celia Cruz (a version in Spanish), on the album Tropical Tribute to the Beatles.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, on the album Music of the Beatles.
Claes-Göran Hederström recorded a Swedish version of the song in 1968.
Daniel O'Donnell, on his albums The Jukebox Years and Rock 'N' Roll Show.
James Last, on the albums Die grössten Songs von The Beatles (1983) and James Last & Friends (1998) (as a part of the "Beatles Medley").
Maria Muldaur, on the album The Blues White Album.
The Bedrocks, a West Indian band from Leeds (reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart in 1968).
The Spectrum (reached number 19 on the Germany singles chart in 1968).
No Doubt, on the albums Boom Box and Live in the Tragic Kingdom.
Dick Hyman recorded an instrumental electronic music version of the song in the 1960s.
Patrick Zabé, recorded a French version of the song in 1969.
Herb Alpert, released it as a single in 1969, as well as a cut on the album Warm.
Two Anything Muppets, performed the song on an episode of The Muppet Show.
Persuasions, on the album The Persuasions Sing the Beatles.
Phish, on the album Live Phish Volume 13.
Shango, on the album Shango.
The Heptones, on the album Mellow Dubmarine.
The Gas House Gang, on the album The Gas House Gang's 5th.
The King's Singers, on the album The Beatles Connection.
The Punkles did a punk cover of this song on their fourth album.
Youssou N'Dour, on the album 7 Seconds.
The cast of Life Goes On during the show's opening sequence.
Pato Fu, a Brazilian band, on the album Gol de Quem?.
Arik Einstein (a version in Hebrew).
Vesyolye Rebyata (Весёлые Ребята), on the 1970 EP.
House of Heroes in concerts. The song is featured on the House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP that was released digitally on iTunes and Amazon MP3 in summer 2009.
A slightly changed version called "Desmond" was recorded by Happy Mondays on their debut album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), but the song was removed from later reprints of the album due to royalty problems.
Jetti Palletti, a Dutch performer, recorded the song for the Dutch carnival in 2011.
MercyMe, a Christian rock band, released a cover video online featuring Jars of Clay, Matt Maher, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters, and Lecrae.
Desmond Dekker covered the song as part of a medley with "Wise Man".