“Come Together” gives The Beatles their 18th US No.1 in 1969

The song remains one of the most popular ones by the legendary band

“Come Together” gives The Beatles their 18th US No.1 in 1969

Written primarily by John Lennon but credited to Lennon–McCartney,”Come Together” was released as a double A-side single with “Something” (the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side), from the 1969 album “Abbey Road”. It became one of The Beatles most popular songs and on November 29th, 1969 reached No.1 on the Hot 100, making it their 18th No.1 in the U.S. The single had less success when it was released on 31 October 1969 in the UK, only reaching No. 4. In the song intro, Lennon says: “shoot me”, which is accompanied by his handclaps and McCartney’s heavy bass riff. The famous Beatles’ “walrus” from “I Am the Walrus” and “Glass Onion” returns in the line “he got walrus gumboot”, followed by “he got Ono sideboard”. Bluesman Muddy Waters is also mentioned in the song as well as several Pop culture and political mentions. The song has been covered extensively by artists such as Ike & Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Soundgarden and even solo by John Lennon during his 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts.

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