Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is the title of a ska song by the famous Beatles, used as a single for their album The Beatles, also known as The White Album.
It was released in 1968 by the label Apple, more specifically on the 22nd of November.
It was recorded at the London EMI Studios in July and is credited as written by the Lennon-McCartney duo.
This pop song was produced by George Martin and has the B-side While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
In the United States, the song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da was released as a single and got the song Julia on the B-side.
The first live performance for this song was late, in the year 2009, in a European tour.
McCartney performed the song live in 2010 as well, in Hyde Park. Initially, the song charted very well, getting to the top of the charts in places such as Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Australia.
The most famous cover version for the free Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da piano sheet music was the one created by the group Marmelade.
This Scottish band covered it in 1968. This new pop version managed to reach the top of the United Kingdom Singles charts.
In 1969, this version already sold over 1 million times. Other cover versions were the ones from Arthur Conley, in 1968, Las Trillizas de Oro in 1969, Amateur Transplants, Jimmy Cliff, Celia Cruz, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Daniel O’Donnell, James Last, Bing Crosby, Maria Muldaur.
Other versions that we can remember were created by The Bedrocks in 1968, No Doubt, Dick Hyman, Patrick Zabe in 1969, The Henry Watterson Expressway, Herb Alpert, The Persuasions, Phish, Shango, The Heptones.
The free Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da piano sheets were also covered by newer names, such as The Gas House Gang, The King’s Singers, The Punkles, Youssou N’Dour, Pato Fu, Arik Einstein, Vesyolye Rebyata, House of Heroes, Happy Mondays, Jetti Palletti, MercyMe, Desmond Dekker, The Fringemunks, Claes-Goran Hederstrom, Floyd Cramer, Mr. Vegas, Inner Circle, Helen Gamboa, Pa-do-do and the Hampton String Quartet.
The Beatles version managed to rank at position number 49 on the year-end charts from 1976, on the US Billboard Hot 100.
This great pop and ska-influenced song has been criticized but remains one of the best Beatles songs ever.
If you want to learn how to play Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by the Beatles on the piano, feel free to use the material listed below.