Is it possible to link from the Beatles to any other band or artist in the world in only five steps? There is only one way to find out. This one links from the Beatles to Ripe in five simple steps.

1. Beatles – Cry For A Shadow

This Lennon/Harrison penned song was a very early Beatles number. A version of it is on their Anthology album. It was originally recorded by the Beatles in Hamburg when they were recording songs with Tony Sheridan.

2. Tony Sheridan – Sweet Georgia Brown

This number was also recorded in Hamburg and has the Beatles playing back up band to singer Tony Sheridan. The song itself was an old one (even by then) having been recorded in 1932 by Bing Crosby.

3. Bing Crosby – Isle Of Innisfree

This song was the first Bing Crosby number to chart in the UK, reaching a peak of number 3 in November 1952. In 2007, thanks to downloads the song Little Drummer Boy charted which was sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

4. Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man

The David Bowie version of this Velvet Underground song can be found on his album Live 1972. Anyroads, there are plenty of songs that the Velvet Underground have covered, and plenty of their songs that others have covered – like the following song.

5. Ripe – Heroin

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The Ripe cover version of the Velvet Underground song Heroin can be found on the 1993 album The Velvet Down Underground.