Original version recorded 23 July – 18 August 1969
Ukulele Version recorded January 19th 2009 – July 31st 2012
Drums : Billy Ward
Ukulele and everything else: David Barratt
Produced by David Barratt around the world in The Abattoir Of Good Taste Mobile
Written by Paul McCartney
Credited to Lennon/McCartney
ABOUT THE SONG
What a wonderful journey.
Our youngest contributor was Luke Serrano
(aged 4 at time of recording),
our oldest, Harry Steinberg (currently 102).
We have lost a couple along the way.
Our final song is dedicated to our brethren Gregory Russell Clark and Victor Spinetti who both left this mortal coil before the project was complete.
There was only one way to finish this project and that was with this song.
A band that started with the self-centered, childish pleading of “Love Me Do” ends with:
"And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make"
Who knows if it’s true, but it is a touching and tender way for The Beatles to sign off and we have followed their lead.
The drum intro to the ukulele version is performed by Billy Ward and then Isabella Serrano (aged 10) leads the mass ranks of the performers who have given their time and talent to this massive effort sing the final few lines.
A fitting goodbye.
Thank you to everybody involved in creating The Beatles Complete on Ukulele.
They are, in order of appearance:
John James, Suzanne Rhatigan, John Benthal, Mike Leslie, Billy Ward, Jason Berk, Darryl Berk, Claire, Bill Clift, Lee Wells, Kirsty Rock, Harry Bar-Ratt, Ben Shizzle, Paul J. Techno, Alexander Fox, Katana of Roma!, Nadia Itani, Vaughn Trapp, Cynthia Lennon, Martyn Swain, Nathan MacCormack, Miss Isabella Serrano, Master Julius Philp, Master Luke Serrano, Master Vincent Philp, Miss Asara Milton, Master Citizen Milton, Miss Delia Costello, Miss Alina Bennett-Dubin, Miss Maya McGuire, Miss Lola McGuire, Aisha de Haas, Bryn, Jamie Rae Branthoover, Frank Simms, Amanda Homi, Jeff Meechai, Stiletto, Katana, Armada, Beretta, Calavera, Papa Dee, Emilie Cardinaux, Natasha Romanova, Ben Walker, Natalie Barratt, Lightning, Mike Borgia, JJ Appleton, Toby Carter, Gary Brady, Matt Percival, Al Richardson, Dan " Swag" Lawton, Kenny White, Angela Reed, Jim Boggia, Marlon and Luis, Anthony Rondon, Karen Gonzales, Durban Laverde, Viva, Krista Crommett, Gerry Colvin, Terry Radigan, Harry Feeney Barratt, Tobias Wagner, Adam Elk, Spottiswoode, Tyler Land, Robert Brandow, Sgt. Hank Semolina, Matt Alber, Ann Klein, Keith Fluitt, Shake Anderson, Elaine Caswell, Elana Hayden, Jose Raul Capablanca, Neil Tufano, Scott Alexander, Muammar Gaddafi, Mike Harvey, Declan Zimmerman, Mark Ty-Wharton, aka tinley, Sarah Mitchell, Victoria Vox, Brother Matt, Brother Bones, Brother Brian, Brother Geoff, Gabriel Gordon, Christian Jahl, Martin Schmidt, Nadia Ackerman, Macha Coates, Eric Nicolas, Chris Palmaro, Kevin Halpin, Charles Wilson, Kirkland Roberts, Robert Kirk, Colton Ford, Gannon, Matt Gorny, Aaron Gilmartin, Kati Mac, Gary Schreiner, Rhe De Ville, Insidia Of Roma!, Autumn Ready Potter:, Kenyon Phillips, Jim Mola, The Historians, Aylam Orian, Noam Knoller, Not Quite Dead Yet, Immigrant’s Daughter, Sharon Fogarty, Nora Garver, Ann Borden, Adair Mallory, Andy "Freakin" Mabe, Meghan Phillips, Quinn Stallings, Peyton Smitherman, Connor Smitherman, Holly Palmer, Kenny White, Tim Ouimette, Emily Bindiger, Mark Avis, Mumtaz Jafri, Emily Johnstone, Alex Johnstone, Harriet Johnstone, Paddy O’Doors, The Rest Is History, Phil Johnstone, Floanne Ankah, Joe Breban, We’re Late For Class, Ira Siegel, Kylie Brush, Stacie Rose, Tred, Victor Spinetti, Nikki Gregoroff, Samantha Fox, Howard Marshall, Richard Grayson, Emily O’Reilly, Don Rosler, Dr. Harry Steinberg, Pete Steinberg, Claire Hanzakos, Snax, Lucas Heinz, Sheri Holman, Paul Bonomo, Patsy Monteleone, Jon Worley, Conrad Korsch, Alan Schwartz, Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, Victoria Villalobos, Robére Lump, Proboscis, The Ghost of St. Thomas Aquinas, Raoul The Goat, Winston O’Bastard, Nicki Richards, Hasan Bakr, Ayodele Maakheru, Pablo Arraya, Carolee Goodgold, Stephen Schneider, Kenny Hassler, Joy Askew, Jon Cobert, Tabitha Fair, Bobby Alessi, Billy Alessi, Sophie Madeleine, Sean Redmond, Jenny Baldwin, Amy Goff, Elaine Goff, Peg Goff, Cy Goff, Patrick Rickelton, Tres Crow, Gerald Ross, Matt Backer, JFK, Neal Coomer, , Margaret Dorn, Jenny Douglas, Michael Inge, John James, Janice Pendarvis, Sophia Ramos, Giovanni Stella, Gregory Russell Clark, Barack Obama, The Beatles Complete On Ukulele Community Choir, Violet Ryder, Tavi Fields, Brian McKenna, Neil Jason, Alan Wilkis, Mike Kurtz, Johnny Chavarria, Jenny Dee & The Dreams, Dubchek, David Palmer, Eric Isaacson, Shane Atwooll, Professor Schmaltz, Sharlotte Gibson, Durga McBroom, Kathryn Raio, The Big V, Beth V, Joe Breban, Tom Billington, Kev Day, Mel Orriss, Erin Bowman, Matt Gibson, Stump Pickens, Michael Golub, Jessie Murphy, Kirsten Gronberg, John Conte, Danny Musengo, Tom Hopke, L.U.V. Jimmy Sweet, Holly, Kasia – Keyboards, Chloe, Curtis King, Neon Cough, Dan – vocals, Mike, Joel, Morgan Visconti, Frankie Moran, Kevin Hill, Seth Hurwitz, Lauren Molina, Craig Bishop, Russ Velazquez, AJR, Adam, Jack, Ryan, Carmen Peláez, Joel Someillan, Delexilio, David Sandoval, Justin Goldner, Sarah Talbot, Thaumatrope, Sonya Hensley, Jamie Clayton, Boia Of Roma!, Sandel, Tom Dean, Rex Fowler, Michael Visceglia, Robbie Coffin, Alana MacDonald, Erik Liberman, Joshua Gabriel, Les Chauds Lapins, Meg Reichardt, Kurt Hoffman, Jessica Pavone, Garo Yellin, Andy Cotton, Marion Pensole, Carl Marsh, Martyn Barker, Lisa Stubbs, Emily Zuzik, Jenna Robinson, Tommy Anonymous, Donny Anonymous, Tyrrell, Southside Johnny, Tommy Byrnes, Jeff Kazee, Bill’n’Dave’n’Carl, Lloyd Landesman, Ashlynn Manning, Still Above Ground, Ron Chadwick, Jon Albrink, Joe Rosignolo, Jack Nathan, Bob Harkleroad, Rockn’ Rolivia, Ross Margolin, Laura Dayan, Dave Foster, Cav Manning, Jessica Lee Morgan, Christian Thomas, Casey MacGill, Orville Johnson,Matt Weiner, Faiyaz Jafri, Gary Marcus, Kathena Bryant, Mary Farbood, Tobias Hurwitz, David Poeppel, Terry Gourley, Doug Bemis, Andrew Poeppel, Luke Poeppel, Athena Vouloumanos, Steve Bolton, Francis Hatch, Neothaon3, Dan Scanlan, Joseph CR Vourteque IV & The White City Rippers, Paul "Mr. W" Wiemerslage, Joe "Mr. M" Mason, Christopher Rutledge, Nathinee Chen, James Armata, Suphajon ‘Tae’ Klinsuwan, Warin ‘Pat’ McBlain, Wor Nor Bor, Bobby McBlain, Sherry Vine, Geoff Micks, Janice Pendarvis, Tommie Cruse, Cecily Pearce: Vocals, Ben Pollock, Brian Hargreaves, Tom Grundman, Juju Sophie, Little Fish, Sherwin Sleeves, Sean Barry, Roy Harter, The Bar Ratts, Tony Visconti, Alejandro Escovedo, Lara Visconti, Kaz Silver, Phil McArthur, Elissa Schreiner, Leslie Michaels, Andrew Lubman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Doug Yowell, Jack ’n’ Gary, Martee Lebow, Irwin Fisch, Larry Saltzman, John Siegler, Frank Vilardi, Dana Calitri, Flotilla DeBarge, Taylor Pace, Celia Chavez, Joey Levine, John Squicciarino, Jeff Southworth, Tony Gorruso, Greg Ruvolo, Dan Yeager, Randy Andos, Mike Davis, Mark Miller, Jack Schatz, Aaron Heick, David Mann, Mark Phaneuf, Jack Bashkow, Paul Livant, Will Lee, Deepak Chopra.
Oh… and of course thank you to John, Paul, George and Ringo without whom …. etc….
A splendid time was had by all.