John Lennon once said that as a teenager, "Elvis was bigger than religion in my life." A friend of John's who also attended Dovedale School lived nearby and had this huge collection of American R&B records. John would go there often to have lunch. One day, his friend turned him on to something a bit different, a record he'd bought in Amsterdam. It was Little Richard singing Long Tall Sally, and John was really knocked out when he heard it. In his mind, he began to blend the sounds of early Elvis and Little Richard. The name of the kid who planted these seeds in John Lennon's incredible mind was Mike Hill.
That's all I can say today.
And the track that really knocked me out and made me an 11-year old Beatles fan...
We miss you, John.