the Beatles They have given the world hundreds of songs that are still the most famous in rock, and their former members continue to play in live concerts. Even then, This has not been the fate of all his songs, as his release went unnoticed to gain relevance a few years later.
This is the case of “Birthday”, which was released white album, a double album that began showing the Liverpool Four different directions and was largely formed in retirement in India. While this was a moment of personal and musical breakdown between the band members, there were some songs that remained the result of the classic John Lennon-Paul McCartney duet, one of them being the above track.
“Blackbird”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Helter Skelter”, “Revolution 1” and several other songs were different from that album, but “Birthday” did not reach any of the UK charts for other reasons, as it was not released as a single., McCartney explained in the book the composition of this song. many years from now,
“We thought ‘Why don’t we invent something?’ So we had a crack and we arranged it around this rock. We added the lyrics and then we called the friends who were there to join the chorus. So it was 50-50 me and John, wrote on the spot Went and recorded all in one afternoon.”
Although the song had little success at the time, it would reach number 29 in the UK charts years later, thanks to McCartney’s live album. Tripping the Live Fantastic, The album was published in 1990 and included both songs from the bassist’s solo career and some tracks from The Beatles, which allowed the song to stay on the charts for almost three weeks.