Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Composer(s) : Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
Year : 1952
Chords/Tabs: Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Medley: Kansas City - Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
KEY G Major
- 2X - - 4X -
Intro -> Verse -> Verse (solo) -> Verse (fadeout)
COMPOSERS Lieber/Stoller - Penniman
INFLUENTIAL VERSION Little Richard (1959)
- Here we have the inevitable song, actually two of them spliced together,
in which every section is in straight 12-bar (8+4 or AAB) blues form.
Though recorded originally as two separate songs, Little Richard himself
had already popularized the "medley" performed here by the Beatles.
Independent of Paul's Penniman fixation, it's easy to imagine that the
antiphonal backing vocals of the second half would have been something
to attract the Beatles toward this number.
- For all its apparent simplicity, this turns out to be one of the
more re-worked items in this set of six cover songs. Paul reverses
the lyrics to the first two verses; perhaps an oversight more than
anything else. But Little Richard saves the instrumental section
(played on his version by a saxaphone instead of guitar) until after
the first "hey hey" section has been sung. Along the same lines,
we find that the original contains a complete ending instead of
the Beatles' fadeout; very strange considering the large number of
other cover songs with fadeouts on the original version changed
to a complete ending by the Beatles.
- Both versions are performed in the same key though. As is the case
concerning John versus Chuck, we find here that Paul's vocal sounds
a bit strained and affected compared to the original. The Beatles
make a small but persuasive chord change at the end of the first
verse; changing measure 12 to the V chord (instead of sustaining the
I chord from measure 11), all the better to motivate the next section.
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