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Tucked away near the end of the “Let It Be” album George’s “For You Blue” is the one of the few straight 12 bar blues in the entire Beatles catalog. John plays a hyper-simple lap-steel part using a shotgun shel as a bottleneck. George references this when he says "Go, Johnny, go", "There go the twelve-bar blues", and "Elmore James got nothin’ on this baby."

The innate simplicity of the song is charming but does not really live up to the standards that one would expect from a Beatles song. George seems to have wrote this on auto pilot for his wife Patti. Not really in the same league as what he was about to come up with – “Something”, “Here Comes The Sun” “My Sweet Lord” etc.

The ukulele version of the song is a joyful affair. Taylor Pace is steeped in gospel music and the sheer joy of living comes through this recording. John Benthal’s remarkable ukulele is reminiscent of George Benson in his heyday and Shake Anderson’s triple play of electric piano, organ and piano completes the groove.

I first saw Taylor Pace playing with the legendary Ruby Dee as she performed her remarkable spoken word at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem earlier this year. My old friend Shake Anderson who was also in that band insisted that TP should do a song.

He was right to insist.

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from Let It Be, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #180 recorded June 2012

Taylor Pace - Vocal
Shake Anderson - Bass, electric piano, organ
John Benthal - Ukulele
David Barratt - Drum and percussion programming

Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste from an original recording made by Shake Anderson

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Every Tuesday from January 20, 2009 until July 31, 2012 The Beatles Complete On Ukulele released a new recording of a Beatles song* featuring a ukulele sung by a different artist.

These albums are a compilation of those recordings.

*we consider a Beatles song to be one of the 185 original compositions released by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970.
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