Tune In Playlist.

tuneinIf you’re on Rdio (which I just learned, by the way, is pronounced arr-dee-oh, like a cousin of the famous droid), and want to listen to some fine tunes that inspired the Beatles, I’ve just the playlist for you.

All of the tunes included here were explicitly mentioned by Mark Lewisohn as songs the Beatles dug, were inspired by, or learned to play live at their early shows. It’s not complete—although I’ve finished Lewisohn’s first volume of Beatles history, I have not added songs from the end—but most of the good stuff is in there, like Be-Bop-A-Lula and pretty much everything the Shirelles ever did.