“In This Life” was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, and was a #1 country hit for Collin Raye in 1992. Notable cover versions have been recorded by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Bruddah IZ), Ronan Keating, and the Irish pop band Westlife.
The title track of the 1970s Beatles album, “Let It Be.” The song was written and sung by Paul McCartney and was inspired by a dream he had about his mother, who was named Mary and died when Paul was 14 years old. I played it in the key of G and it should be easy to strum along with.
Another one of Kris Kristofferson’s great country songs, it first became a hit in 1970 when recorded by Sammi Smith, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. I recorded it in the key of C. I should probably mention that I used some suspended chords but didn’t write them in over the lyrics, partly because it was hard to fit them in but also because they’re optional and you can just omit them if you want to and stay on the regular chord. Here are the notes in case you have trouble figuring it out: For the C chord you add the 2nd string 1st fret, and for the G or G7 chord you add the 1st string 3rd fret. That’s all there is to it.
This popular gospel hymn written in 1925 has been recorded by hundreds of artists over the years. This is an easy ukulele strum-along in the key of G.
First released in 1964 as the B-side of Buck Owens’ #1 hit, “My Heart Skips a Beat,” this song has since been recorded by dozens of other artists and was a big hit for both Ray Charles and Emmylou Harris. I just did a simple strum with easy chords in the key of G (G, C, and D). If you feel more comfortable playing an easier D7 chord instead of D that works just as well.
One of Ricky Nelson’s big hits, from 1958. I included two versions in this video, fingerstyle followed by a strumming example.