The Beatles Cover Lady Gaga (Sort Of)

Celebrity covers of Lady Gaga songs are nothing shocking—see our running list, which includes everything from Christopher Walken's spoken-word version of "Poker Face" to Courtney Love's wild-eyed rendition of "Bad Romance." What is surprising, however, is footage of the Beatles singing Gaga's "Telephone"—a song that came out years after two of the band's members died:



Fans of the Fab Four can tell instantly that this is an example of prodigious video editing rather than the Beatles being very, very ahead of their time. The video comes from a 1969 performance of "Get Back" on a London rooftop:



Still, it's fun to imagine what could have been, if John Lennon and George Harrison were alive today: maybe a sitar-heavy rendition of "Alejandro"?

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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