Anna (Go To Him) - The Beatles
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"Anna (Go To Him)" - The Beatles (1963)
The Beatles recorded this cover version of Arthur Alexander's 1962 soul single, “Anna” because the song was a particular favorite of John Lennon, who sang lead. Floyd Cramer's piano lick on Alexander's original was played on guitar by George Harrison.
Lennon's passion-fuelled vocal reached a peak during the middle sixteen ("All of my life I've been searching for a girl, to love me like I love her..."); singing slightly above his normal range. This added an emotional depth to the track.
The electronic manipulation of vocals was generally confined in these years to balancing them against the instrumental mass and the provision of occasional reverb and echo.
Beatle expert Walter Everett commented that when singing solo Lennon produced his own unique, very broad array of contrasting vocal colors, as with falsetto, which can be heard on “Anna.”
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