Star Time #43: We Can Work It Out

Who knew that an episode with R&B covers of the most popular rock band of all time -- that would be the Beatles -- would be, depending who you inquire, the most unusual-sounding Star Time to date? We Can Work It Out starts out maybe too orthodox with the Supremes going by the book, but stick around 'cause things get bloody barmy. Lowell Fulson doing it in the road, Ella Fitzgerald having a Savoy Truffle, the Moments trailing Rocky Raccoon(!), Junior Parker being a truly snaky Taxman, and Nina Simone doing the most heart-stopping rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" to close out. And much more in between. (Star Time is off next week, so amuse yourself elsewhere 'til Nov. 29.)

Set 1
The SupremesCan't Buy Me Love1964Motown
Mary WellsAll My Lovin'196520th Century Fox
Otis ReddingDay Tripper1966Volt
Roy RedmondGood Day Sunshine1967Loma
The 5th DimensionTicket to Ride1967Soul City
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BandYellow Submarine1967Warner Bros.
Ray CharlesEleanor Rigby1968ABC/Tangerine
Bobby WomackAnd I Love Her1972United Artists
Set 2
Al GreenGet Back1969Hi
Lowell FulsonWhy Don't We Do It In the Road1969Def Jam
Fats DominoEverybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey1969Reprise
Linda JonesYesterday1968Loma
Donald HeightDon't Let Me Down1969Jubilee
Ella FitzgeraldSavoy Truffle1969Reprise
The Four TopsFool on the Hill1969Motown
Wilson PickettHey Jude1969Atlantic
Set 3
Little RichardI Saw Her Standing There1970Reprise
Stevie WonderWe Can Work It Out1970Tampa
The MomentsRocky Raccoon1970Stang
Spanky WilsonLet It Be1970Mothers Records & The Snarf Company
Junior ParkerTaxman1971Groove Merchant
The Five StairstepsDear Prudence1970Buddah
Billy PrestonBlackbird1972A&M
Set 4/Outro
David PorterHelp!1974Enterprise
Black HeatDrive My Car1975Atlantic
The Brothers JohnsonCome Together1976A&M
Maceo & All the King's MenFor No One1975Excello
Sarah VaughanYou Never Give Me Your Money1981Atlantic
John HoltI Will1976Trojan
Nina SimoneHere Comes the Sun1971RCA Victor


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