Whatever the scientists might say about the influence of hip-hop (see previous post) Britain’s biggest exam board has decided that three Beatles tracks from the Beatle’s Sergeant Pepper album will be part of the music examination syllabus alongside works by Haydn and Copeland.
Students will have to analyse With a Little Help from my Friends, Within You Without You, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
They will have to study the meanings, melodic structure, harmony and rhythm.
Have a look at Lucy to remind you how ground-breaking it was at the time.
A spokesman for the British Beatles Fan Club said “The Beatles changed the face of popular music and songwriting in a very short space of time, which future musicians benefitted from. It is fantastic that young people can study their ground-breaking and influential Sgt Pepper album, which changed recording techniques forever”
The song With a Little Help from my Friends was covered by the late Joe Cocker who gave it a great rock blues treatment and last year was adopted by dementia charities promoting Dementia Friend which we’ve been happy to support by performing the song.