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60th Anniversary Tele Notes & Trivia: 1963

A song penned by Johnny Russell is recorded on Feb. 12 of this year at Capitol Records studios in Hollywood by Telecaster-wielding Bakersfield, Calif., country act Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. Released on March 11, the song entered the Billboard country chart on April 13 and hit number one on June 15, where it stayed for four non-consecutive weeks. The song, with its signature Telecaster riff, was Owens’ first number-one hit and made him a superstar. It was recorded by the Beatles in June 1965 and appeared on the U.K. version of Help!; the group performed it live several times in 1965, including an Aug. 14 taping of The Ed Sullivan Show and the famous Shea Stadium concert of Aug. 15. Owens and Ringo Starr recorded a new version of the song together in 1989. What was the song?

Update: And the answer is … Act Naturally

Watch below as Buck Owens and the Buckaroos play “Act Naturally” at Carnegie Hall in 1966:

The Beatles play “Act Naturally” on The Ed Sullivan Show, August 1965:

1989 Buck Owens/Ringo Starr video for “Act Naturally”:

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