Nige­rian in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Ob-La-Di

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Opinion -

Although cred­ited to Lennon– McCart­ney, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da was writ­ten solely by Paul McCart­ney.

“Ob la di, ob la da” was a phrase McCart­ney heard from a friend called Jimmy Anon­muogha­ran Scott Emuak­por, a Nige­rian conga player known as Jimmy Scott.

Some have sug­gested the “Des­mond” men­tioned in the song is Ja­maican ska singer, Des­mond Dekker, best known for his 1968 hit Is­raelites.

But Macca claimed: “It’s a fan­tasy about a cou­ple of peo­ple who don’t re­ally ex­ist, Des­mond and Molly. I’m keen on names too. Des­mond is a very Caribbean name.”

The Bea­t­les spent around 42 hours com­plet­ing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Record­ing be­gan on Wed­nes­day, July 3, 1968.

By July 8, John Lennon was to­tally fed up.

Sound en­gi­neer Richard Lush said: “John Lennon came to the ses­sion re­ally stoned, to­tally out of it on some­thing or other, and he said, ‘All right, we’re gonna do Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

“He went straight to the piano and smashed the keys with an almighty amount of vol­ume, twice the speed of how they’d done it be­fore, and said, ‘This is it. Come on.’

“He was re­ally ag­gra­vated. That was the ver­sion they ended up us­ing.”

FAB FOUR The Bea­t­les

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