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This is the closing Beatles ukulele covers post where ukulele covers of songs from the last Beatles albums, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be will be featured.

Yellow Submarine (1969)

Let’s enter the atmosphere of the album with a cover of Yellow Submarine performed by ArmyOfCuteness from the United-States.

Najmah from Singapore covers All Together Now on ukulele, melodica, shaker and xylophone.

Learn how to play All You Need Is Love with Michael Lynch‘s tutorial …

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Time for more Beatles ukulele covers ! Today we’ll be listening to songs from the album simply titled The Beatles, more commonly known as The White Album. The White Album came out on the 22nd of November 1968 and is actually one of my favourite Beatles albums.

Here are 16 ukulele covers of songs from the White Album, from players from 8 different countries.

The Beatles – The White Album – Disc One

Four girls in the wind, (TinyBand) from the US play a lively and fun version of Back in the USSR with lovely vocal harmonies, kazoo, bongos, tambourine and of course ukulele.

Fabio Koryu Calabró from Italy performs an Italian version of Dear Prudence, Cara Prudenza, with Bosko and Honey at the First Italian Ukulele Festival in Vicenza.

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This third post on The Beatles ukulele covers will focus on the years 1966 and 1967, covering the following albums : Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour.

Revolver (August 1966)

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane plays a brilliant version of Eleanor Rigby

Fanny Fanlight from the UK covers I’m only sleeping.

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This is the second post in the Beatles Ukulele covers series. The first post focused on The Beatles ‘ 3 first albums and today we’ll be looking at Ukulele covers of songs from the following Beatles albums : Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul.

Beatles For Sale (December 1964)

Let’s first travel to Australia for a cover of Baby’s in Black.

The lyrics of the song refer to Astrid Kirchherr, a German photographer who met the Beatles in Hamburg. At the time Stuart Sutcliffe, one of John Lennon‘s friends from the Liverpool College of Art, played the bass with the Beatles. Astrid Kirchherr was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe but he died in 1962 aged only 21, hence the song Baby’s in Black.

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Listening to The Beatles and liking English was totally uncool in France when I was a teenager. But it had other advantages. Have you ever realised how many idioms, and grammar rules are illustrated in Beatles songs? I did have English classes at school, yes, but The Beatles taught me real, spoken English.

Learning a language through music is very effective : you start humming a melody you like, then you get down to the words and before you know it, you can sing the song off by heart.

The Beatles were experts in creating catchy songs, the type that easily gives you ‘earworms’. Listening to them non-stop over a few years taught me more English than school and its boring approach ever did.

Do you realise that when you’re singing When I’m Sixty Four you’re actually illustrating the fact that you should use the present tense after ‘when’ ? (In French you use the future as in Quand j’aurai 64 ans). There are tons of example like this one but not for today’s post.

As a tribute to The Beatles, who made me love English and the British sense of humour, I have decided to do a World Tour of Beatles ukulele covers, sorted chronologically by Album. Going through the whole Beatles discography in one post is a bit too much so this first post will focus on the years 1963 and 1964.

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