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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 306
Thurs, Nov 15, 2012

“Beef Jerky”
John Lennon

1974

From its creation, because “Let Me Roll It” rocked a very Beatles-esque riff, legend had it that John Lennon played on Paul’s 1973 masterpiece Band on the Run. It was just myth. But that guitar part from Macca does sound very John like as he explained to Timothy Leary in 2001 when he said, ““Let Me Roll It” was a riff, originally a great riff to play, and whenever we played it live, it goes down great. We’d play it on two guitars, and people saw it later as a John pastiche, as Lennon-ish, Lennon-esque. Which I don’t mind. [“Let Me Roll It”] could have been a Beatles song. Me and John would have sung it good.”

Unbeknownst to some, Lennon himself, borrowed Macca’s riffed inspiration of “Let Me Roll It” on this rarely heard instrumental B-side from “Whatever Gets You Through The Night.” “Beef Jerky” main riff echo’s Paul majestic one from “Let Me Roll It.” In fact, Lennon must have been motivated by Macca using two guitars on “Let Me Roll It” for “Beef Jerky” has John trading lines with axe man Jesse Ed Davis on the track that was dubbed, as Dr Winston and Booker Table and the Maître d’s. Lennon’s love for the Stax legends Booker T’s and the MG’s inspired the alias. And oh yes, “Beef Jerky” is a definite ode to that classic Stax single “Green Onions.”

Born from a discarded riff “#9 Dream,” “Beef Jerky” was reborn based on the dueling guitars of John Lennon and Jesse Ed Davis. Davis is the star of “Beef Jerky” who brought “Beef Jerky” may have been first sparked by the familiar Paul McCartney riff from “Let Me Roll It” but Davis actually brought Lennon’s much desired wish of penning a rousing tribute for his beloved Booker T’s and the MG’s to life. Asked how he made Lennon’s instrumental wish to come true, Davis said. “I just play the notes that sound good. I just play what I like to hear—that’s all.” Davis is being modest. Jesse Ed was the essential funky grooved ingredient inside every rhythmic morsel that was “Beef Jerky”

Save for “12 bar Original” and “Flying,”The Beatles weren’t know for penning instrumentals. “Beef Jerky” would have been incredible to hear Paul McCartney and George Harrison add their riff centric contributions like they created on Abbey Road’s “The End.” Speaking of you will notice not only the Paul like chords from “Let Me Roll It” but listen as John plays some Harrison flavored “Savoy Truffle” riffs on Lennon’s tasty instrumental treat that is “Beef Jerky.” It’s time to savor the funkalicious sound of Lennon’s “Beef Jerky.” John Lennon’s“Beef Jerky” will definitely leave you satisfied.

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