The Beatles Isolated Vocals For “This Boy”

The Beatles’ “This Boy” was John Lennon’s attempt at writing a song in the style of Motown star Smokey Robinson, specifically his song “I’ve Been Good To You”, which has similar circular doo-wop chord changes, melody and arrangement. Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison join together to sing an intricate three-part close harmony in the verses and refrain (originally the middle eight was conceived as a guitar solo, but altered during the recording process) and a similar song writing technique is exercised in later Beatles songs, such as “Yes It Is” and “Because”. The song, in D major, revolves around a Fifties-style I-vi-ii-V doo-wop sequence in 12/8 time before moving to the harmonically complex middle eight (G-F#7-Bm-D7-G-E7-A-A7) and back again for the final verse and fade-out.