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This song is about marijuana. Paul McCartney cleared this up in his 1998 book Many Years From Now when he explained that it was not about a particular person, but his desire to smoke pot.
Session musicians played trumpets and sax. It was the first time horns were used in a Beatles song.
Earth, Wind & Fire recorded a funky new version for the 1977 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Beatles producer George Martin was in charge of the music, and the soundtrack was a success, but the movie, which starred Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees and Aerosmith, was a huge flop. Earth, Wind & Fire's version of this hit #9 in the US.
This didn't chart until 1976, when it was released as a single backed with "Helter Skelter."
John Lennon thought this was some of McCartney's best work.
In the '60s, Joe Pesci was an aspiring singer known as Joe Ritchie. He recorded a version of this that can be found on Rhino's "Golden Throat" Series. His version merits the "Stick to Acting" award. (thanks, Barry Kesten - Bellmore, United States)
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.
Meshell talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight.
An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.