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In 1989, a Bristol music promoter purchased at auction an old Discomatic jukebox owned by John Lennon in the 1960s. Its track list, written in Lennon's own hasty handwriting, catalogued 41 remarkable discs of American soul, R&B, and rock 'n' roll -- a collection that shaped his musical education and became the musical style source from which the Beatles sound derived. Below is a complete list of all the 45s included in the jukebox.

  1. "In the Midnight Hour"
    Wilson Pickett

  2. "Rescue Me"
    Fontella Bass

  3. "Tracks of My Tears"
    Smokey Robinson

  4. "My Girl"
    Otis Redding

  5. "1, 2, 3"
    Len Barry

  6. "Hi Heel Sneakers"
    Tommy Tucker

  7. "Walk"
    Jimmy McCracklin

  8. "Gonna Send You Back to Georgia"
    Timmy Shaw

  9. "First I Look at the Purse"
    The Contours

  10. "New Orleans"
    Gary "U.S." Bonds

  11. "Watch Your Step"
    Bobby Parker

  12. "Daddy Rollin' Stone"
    Derek Martin

  13. "Short Fat Fannie"
    Larry Williams

  14. "Long Tall Sally"
    Little Richard

  15. "Money (That's What I Want)"
    Barrett Strong

  16. "Hey! Baby"
    Bruce Channel

  17. "Positively 4th Street"
    Bob Dylan

  18. "Daydream"
    The Lovin' Spoonful

  19. "Turquoise"
    Donovan

  20. "Slippin' and Slidin'"
    Buddy Holly

  21. "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
    Gene Vincent

  22. "No Particular Place to Go"
    Chuck Berry

  23. "Steppin' Out"
    Paul Revere

  24. "Do You Believe in Magic"
    The Lovin' Spoonful

  25. "Some Other Guy"
    The Big Three

  26. "Twist and Shout"
    The Isley Brothers

  27. "She Said "Yeah""
    Larry Williams

  28. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
    Buddy Holly

  29. "Slippin' and Slidin'"
    Little Richard

  30. "Quarter to Three"
    Gary "U.S." Bonds

  31. "Ooh My Soul"
    Little Richard

  32. "Woman Love"
    Gene Vincent

  33. "Shop Around"
    The Miracles

  34. "Bring It on Home to Me"
    The Animals

  35. "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody"
    James Ray

  36. "What's So Good About Goodbye"
    The Miracles

  37. "Bad Boy"
    The Miracles

  38. "Agent Double O Soul"
    Edwin Starr

  39. "I've Been Good to You"
    The Miracles

  40. "Oh I Apologize"
    Barrett Strong

  41. "Who's Lovin' You"
    The Miracles


Top banner photos: John Lennon playing harmonica and his portable traveling companion that offers a prehistory of Beatles influences.

Teenaged John Lennon

The teenaged John Lennon loved listening to and singing American rock 'n' roll.

John Lennon performing with the Beatles

John Lennon performing with the Beatles during their first stateside tour in 1964.

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