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In October 1963 legendary baseball pitcher Sandy Koufax became even more legendary when set a World Series record by striking out 15 New York Yankees in a 5-2 victory in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium.

A couple of weeks later The Beatles had an equally productive day at the office when they recorded "This Boy", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", the group’s first fan club Christmas single, and a version of "You Really Got A Hold On Me".

This makes me feel very lazy indeed.

“This Boy” was an attempt by John at writing a song in the style of Smokey Robinson,specifically "I’ve Been Good To You", which has similar circular doo-wop chord changes, melody and arrangement. Paul cites The Teddy Bears 1959 hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him" as also being influential. Lennon, McCartney, and George Harrison join together to sing an intricate three-part harmony in the verses and refrain (originally the middle eight was conceived as a guitar solo, but altered during the recording process) and a similar song writing technique is exercised in later Beatles songs, such as "Yes It Is" and "Because".

An instrumental version of “This Boy” was used in A Hard Day’s Night. The piece, under the title, "Ringo’s Theme (This Boy).

This Boy never refers to a she, although it’s clearly implied. The "(Ringo’s Theme)" part of the title is a clue. I think the song is a disguised adolescent dig at Pete Best. The lyrics are directed from Pete Best’s point of view begging the Beatles to give him a second chance, that Ringo was bad for them. So Pete is actually "This Boy", Ringo is "That Boy", and the implied girl in the song is "The Beatles". But the song lyrics are written in enough of a general way to also pass as a love song, and that’s the clever part of it.

The ukulele version re-imagines the song in a strict soul style. Maybe this is how Smokey in his prime would have done it.

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from With The Beatles Complete On Ukulele, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #72 recorded June 2012

Doug Hammond – Vocal & orchestration
John Benthal – Ukulele

Produced by Doug Hammond
Mix and additional production byDavid Barratt
at The Abattoir Of Good Taste

For essay and more info:
thebeatlescompleteonukulele.com/2010/06/072-this-boy/

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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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