026 – For No One – JJ Appleton



Original recording: 9, 16 and 19 May 1966

Ukulele Version #026:  May 2012


JJ Appleton – Vocals

David Barratt – Ukulele and everything else


Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste


Written by Paul McCartney

Credited to Lennon & McCartney




McCartney recalls writing "For No One" (who’s working title was “Why Did It Die”) in the bathroom of a ski resort in the Swiss Alps while on holiday with Jane Asher.

He said, "I suspect it was about another argument."

The song was recorded on 9, 16 and 19 May 1966. McCartney sang and played clavichord (rented from George Martin’s AIR company), piano and bass guitar, while Ringo Starr played drums and tambourine. Lennon and George Harrison did not contribute to the recording.

The French horn solo was by Alan Civil, a British horn player described by recording engineer Geoff Emerick as the "best horn player in London". During the session, McCartney pushed Civil to play a note that was beyond the usual range of the instrument. According to Emerick, the result was the "performance of his life." Civil said that the song was "recorded in rather bad musical style, in that it was ‘in the cracks’ neither B-flat nor B-major. This posed a certain difficulty in tuning my instrument."


JJ Appleton is a songwriter/producer/performer, and is often described the child of angus young and elvis costello if they’d had a gay marriage  (legal or not).


Early musical life: piano lessons (hated it), guitar lessons (loved it), underage lead guitarist at Dartmouth frat parties, learned the Synclavier, Berklee (2.5 semesters!), moved to nyc, lots of stuff happened and played lots of gigs.


JJ went on to pen 3 indie solo releases and 456,976 jingles, plus tons o’ touring,  which eventually led to a label deal with Absolute/Universal UK.  Following a lovely stint in the lovely world of the "major labels",  JJ fathered the best handsomest, smartest and most talented child of all time.  Now focusing on writing and production in order to be close by and schooled daily by said child, JJ works out of his downtown Manhattan studio with amazing creative types such as Erin Bowman, Size2shoes, Camilla Pay, Marc Copely, Stephen Lironi, director Erez Sabag and lots more.


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