Today's entry is downright ridiculous, but also happens to be one of the most spot-on John Lennon/ Beatles spoofs that it fooled fans for years.
This song appeared on many 1970's Beatles bootleg LP's as a "long lost track" and my oh my does it ever sound like "Magical Mystery Tour" era John Lennon (perhaps if he had completely forgotten how to write a song?). I really do dig it though, and it took me a LONG time to find the original 45 (the Beatle boot LP's that I have it on all have a badly botched edited version, and a pirate 45 that I found about 8 years ago is pressed off center). Hell, even Yoko Ono applied for a copyright for the song when she discovered it among Lennon's possesions! John was a Beatles collector himself in his later years, and I'm sure he got a kick out of this track being thought of as his own. In fact, when John guest DJ'ed on KHJ Los Angeles in 1974, one of the bootleggers himself (John Wizardo) called in and asked John if it was him on 'Have You Heard The Word'. At first JL was thrown for a loop and mentioned (Beatles) track 'The Word', but then realized that he heard it on a bootleg and said it was a great imitation.
The real story is as that in 1969 Bee Gee Barry Gibb signed a duo known as Tin Tin (Steve Kipner and Steve Groves) to his production company. Their first session together was for their original track 'Have You Heard The Word?" In celebration, Gibb brought in a bottle of Johnny Walker and the boys got too blitzed to be serious, resulting in the vocals we hear here that were added to the backing track recorded pre-inebriation. All intended to ape the fab four, down to the hilarious spoken tag (stick with it til the end, it's worth it). The track was not intended for release, but made it out on a single in the UK in 1970. Word traveled fast that this was a secret Beatle release and VOILA a legend is born!