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"Don't Let Me Down" is a song by The Beatles (with Billy Preston), recorded in 1969 during the Get Back (Let It Be) sessions. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic called it "one of the Beatles' most powerful love songs," and Roy Carr and Tony Tyler called it "a superb sobber from misery-expert J. W. O. Lennon, MBE. And still one of the most highly underrated Beatle underbellies."
An anguished love song John Lennon wrote to Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney interpreted it as a "genuine plea", with Lennon saying to Ono, "I'm really stepping out of line on this one. I'm really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down." Lennon's vocals work their way into screams, presaging the primal scream stylings of the following year's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album.
The song is in the key of E and is in 4/4 time during the verse, chorus and bridge, but changes to 5/4 in the pickup to the verse.
Multiple versions of "Don't Let Me Down" were recorded during the tumultuous Get Back (Let It Be) recording sessions. The version recorded on 28 January 1969 was released as a B-side to the single "Get Back", recorded the same day. "Get Back" reached number one and "Don't Let Me Down" reached number thirty five on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The Beatles performed "Don't Let Me Down" twice during their rooftop concert of 30 January 1969, one of which was included in the Let It Be film. When the "Get Back" project was revisited, Phil Spector dropped "Don't Let Me Down" from the Let It Be album.
The B-side version of the song was included on the Beatles' compilations Hey Jude, 1967-1970 and Past Masters Volume 2. The same version was also used on the soundtrack to the 1988 documentary, Imagine: John Lennon.
In November 2003, an edit of the two rooftop versions was included on Let It Be... Naked.
No official producer's credit was included for the single release owing to the confused roles of George Martin and Glyn Johns.
Personnel * John Lennon -- double-tracked vocal, rhythm guitar * Paul McCartney -- harmony vocal, bass * George Harrison -- lead guitar, backing vocals * Ringo Starr -- drums * Billy Preston -- electric piano
Cover versions * In 1969, Dillard & Clark covered the song on their album Through the Morning, Through the Night. * In 1969, Marcia Griffiths did a reggae version. * In 1970, Ben E. King covered the song on his Rough Edges album. * In 1971, Charlotte Dada recorded an afro-rhythm version in Ghana. * On her 1977 album It Looks Like Snow, Phoebe Snow covered this song. Her version was described as an "exquisite interpretation" by music critic Joe Viglione of Allmusic. * Annie Lennox released a live version on Coldest in 1992. * Stereophonics covered this song in 2001 on the I Am Sam soundtrack. * Paul Weller covered the song on his album Fly on the Wall - B Sides and Rarities. * Matchbox Twenty turned the song into a duet, with lead singer Rob Thomas on piano and vocals and with guitarist Kyle Cook also singing. * Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy performed the song in the 2007 film Across the Universe. * Greg Brown covered the song on his album In the Hills of California. * Danish rock group The Sandmen covered the song on their 2003 Live album. * Tim Minchin sings the title line of the song at the end of his performances of 'Inflatable you'. * Katie Waissel sang an acoustic version of the song while "Singing For Survival" in the first live show of The X-Factor 2010 series. Her version was so good the judges, who previously had not liked her, kept her in over boyband FYD
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