Rocky Raccoon" is a song by the Beatles from the double-disc album (also known as The Beatles The White Album). The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, who was inspired while playing acoustic guitar with John Lennon and Donovan in India (where the Beatles had gone on a retreat). Composition [edit ]
The song, a
folk rock ballad, is titled from the character's name, which was originally "Rocky Sassoon", but McCartney changed it to "Rocky Raccoon" because he thought "it sounded more like a [2 ] cowboy." Former 13th Floor Elevators' drummer Danny Thomas claims the name "Rocky" was inspired by Roky Erickson, the American rock band's then vocalist and guitarist. The [4 ] Old West-style honky-tonk piano was played by producer George Martin. The lyrics describe a conflict over a love triangle.
During take 8 of the song (featured on
), Paul McCartney flubbed the line "stinking of gin", singing "sminking" instead. This caused him to laugh, exclaim "Sminking?!" and make up the remaining lines in the song. This take also has a noticeably different spoken-word introduction, with Rocky coming from "a little town in Anthology 3 Minnesota", rather than the album version's somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota", and McCartney's faux-Western accent is more pronounced.
Mojo magazine in October, 2008, McCartney acknowledged that the style of the song is a pastiche, saying, "I was basically spoofing the folksinger." Lennon attributed the song to Paul, saying "Couldn't you guess? Would I have gone to all that trouble about Gideon's Bible and all that stuff?" Personnel [edit ] Personnel per Ian MacDonald Cover versions [edit ] Richie Havens, Ramsey Lewis, Jack Johnson, Andrew Gold, James Blunt, Phish, Jimmy Buffett, Maureen McGovern and Andy Fairweather Low have recorded cover versions of this song. Folk/jazz artist Jessie Baylin covered the song on her 2009 concert tour. Steel Train have covered the song in the past. Phish covered the song as part of their 1994 Halloween musical costume, the Beatles' white album. Lena Horne (with Gábor Szabó) recorded a memorable version in 1969, which was subsequently re-released on several LP and CD compilations. Crowded House covered the song live as an intro to " Chocolate Cake". This performance was later released on their single " Instinct". A bizarre allusion to the song was made by TISM on their 1990 album " Hot Dogma". The song entitled "While My Catarrh Gently Weeps" tells the story of the Rocky Raccoon from the perspective of the victim of an unacknowledged plagiarist – "An imposter Rocky, diabolical, hell-sent, had pinched my spot, and with it fame and glory." Notes [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]
Guitarists Pianists Drummers (drums, 1960–1962) Pete Best (drums on Johnny Gentle tour, 1960) Tommy Moore (drums, percussion, 1962 – August 1968, September 1968–1970) Ringo Starr (drums, 1956–1959) Colin Hanton (drums, session drummer before George Martin would let Ringo drum, August 1962) Andy White (drums, sat in for Starr multiple times, from Johnny Hutchinson The Big Three, 1960s) Norman Chapman (drums, 1960) (drums, temporary replacement for Jimmie Nicol Ringo Starr during the Beatles' first world tour, 1964) Tea-chest bassists (tea-chest bassist, replacement for Bill Smith, 1956–1958) Len Garry (tea-chest bassist, later became manager, 1957–1958) Nigel Walley Bill Smith (tea-chest bassist, with the band for only three weeks, 1956) (tea-chest bassist, 1957) Ivan Vaughan Washboardists
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