Paul McCartney's songwriting skills and George Harrison's notes on the guitar made for several hits by The Beatles. McCartney and John Lennon took most credits for the band's songs — they had a songwriting partnership with around 180 jointly-credited songs. However, it was Harrison who helped the band discover a new voice with some songs of his own.
There's always enough talk about Lennon and McCartney, as the two were often seen front lining the band during tours and media appearances. But what stays more hidden is the McCartney-Harrison friendship that blossomed right during the early days of the band.
So how exactly did McCartney and Harrison become friends, and how did their friendship evolve as the band rose to fame? What impressions did it leave on the band? These are some of the questions that The Beatles and classic rock fans might be eager to explore, and we have the answers below.
To coincide with The Beatles' first-ever feature film in 1964, A Hard Day's Night, the band released songs from their album of the same name. Included in this album was a song written by John Lennon which he considered to be his first-ever ballad If I Fell. Unfortunately for the Fab Four, they missed out on a UK audience with the single.
If I Fell was written by Lennon in February 1964, just a few months before A Hard Day's Night was released in July 1964.
Speaking to journalist David Sheff in 1980, Lennon later recalled writing the song and how it inspired later songs that followed.
He said: "[If I Fell] is my first attempt to write a ballad proper.
"That was the precursor to [1965 song] In My Life. It has the same chord sequence as In My Life: D and B minor and E minor, those kinds of things."
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The Beatles landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was one of most impactful, experimental and beloved albums of all time, and a paradigm-shifter in terms of what albums could do. Most albums before that were essentially collections of singles. The idea of a concept album – in which all the songs were unified symphonically, all pieces fitting together to form a whole – was rare pre-Pepper. Sinatra’s smoky late-night In The Wee Small Hours was a nascent concept , as was Belafonte’s Calypso album. But both are exceptions.
The Beatles created a whole new kind of concept album, as they wrote all the material as well. Their songwriting, always remarkably sophisticated, and chromatic musically, expanded into new realms of lyrical brilliance, both traditionally narrative and bravely surreal. The idea was to create an album which sounded unlike anything that came before, which is exactly what they did.
Remarkably, it was made on recording equipment which, by today’s standards, was arcane and also tremendously restrictive: four-track analog. That they created a sonic masterpiece with this technology exemplifies the old adage: limitations create possibilities. Though Sgt. Pepper details
Through his work with The Beatles and his solo material, John Lennon’s songs have had a tremendous influence on other artists. For example, Bono said he’s been writing his own versions of one of John’s song for his whole life. On the other hand, Bob Dylan had a very different reaction to the track.
For his 60th birthday, Bono made a list of his 60 favorite songs. In Rolling Stone, he wrote a fan letter to each artist he honored. He ranked John’s “Mother” No. 11 on his list, higher than any of the Beatles’ solo songs. As part of his list, he addressed a letter to John’s son, Julian Lennon.
All the Beatles solo work has held me at one time or another,” he said. “I know you know these songs will be with us forever.” He went on to mention The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” which Paul McCartney wrote in tribute to his mother. Bono felt the song made it so that everyone could feel her presence.
After almost seven years of renovations, hotel developer Ed Riley can say he’s renovated every floor of the old Hotel Syracuse, now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
Thursday, Riley will join Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the brand new “Hotel Syracuse 1924 Suite” and 54 additional guest rooms.
“Hotel Syracuse 1924 Suite”
The “Hotel Syracuse 1924 Suite” is made up of five smaller suites and a common area. The rooms can be booked separately, or put together like a puzzle into one grand suite.
From the elevator lobby, the main door opens to to the front common area with a dining-room table, china cabinets and five separate suite doors.
A central door opens to the primary two-bedroom suite, which can be expanded by two side suites that have their own doors to the common area.
One portion of the suite connects to the bridal rotunda, a space often used by wedding parties having receptions in the Grand Ballroom.
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In the many decades since the band split in 1970, their music has remained as popular as ever, although Beatles royalties varied, with Lennon and McCartney having most of the songwriting credits. All four also had successful solo careers. Paul started the band Wings, George formed the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and Ringo had his All Starrs band. In 1995 and 1996 the three surviving Beatles also released the three retrospective Anthology albums (and lucrative TV series). The first album alone went 8x Platinum in the US, with sales of over 3.6million. Together with the Beatlejuice radio show host Geoff Lloyd, we look at how the four musicians all diversified beyond their own music, to generate wealth in sometimes surprising ways.
Ringo Star: In 2020 Ringo was named the wealthiest drummer in the world with an estimated $350million fortune. He has never stopped making music and is currently waiting to get back on the road with his All Starr Band.
His involvement with the TV launch of Thomas The Tank Engine in 1984 never ceases to surprise people. He actually narrated the early series from 1984-1986 and from 1989-1990 in the US.
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Paul McCartney was used to adoration as a member of The Beatles. The dozens of songs he wrote sold millions of copies and generated critical acclaim as some of the best pop music ever written. So, imagine his surprise when his first solo effort after the breakup of the Fab Four was critically slagged. And imagine his further surprise when his second solo effort, “Ram”, released in 1971, was also put through the critical wringer. Granted the bar for the guy who wrote Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby and The Long & Winding Rd is going to be higher than for most other artists but the dislike for this record was almost universal within the music press.
Jon Landau in Rolling Stone called it “incredibly inconsequential” and monumentally irrelevant” and “emotionally vacuous”. New Music Express said it was “an excursion into almost unrelieved tedium” and Robert Christgau called it a “bad record” Oh, and John Lennon(feuding with Paul at the time) called it “muzak”.
It wasn’t all negative although Melody Maker was a bit back-handed when they said “Its a good album by anybody’s standards and certainly far better than the majority of details
Paul McCartney has paid a heartfelt tribute on social media following the sad death of his good friend, American recording engineer Al Schmitt.
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The Beatles star took to Instagram to share a black-and-white photo of the pair in a recording studio laughing, alongside a personal message.
The music icon wrote: "So sad to hear of the passing of my friend Al Schmitt.
"Al was the lead engineer in charge of the 'Kisses on the Bottom' session and was a fantastic guy besides being one of the world’s great engineers.
"He always had a twinkle in his eye and was ready for a laugh but most importantly when we had done what we thought was a good take and went into the control room to hear the playback it sounded fantastic. His self-effacing skills always came through.
Paul McCartney paid a heartfelt tribute to his friend Al Schmitt following his death
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In 1973, former Beatle George Harrison began a brief affair with the wife of his still-close friend and previous band mate Ringo Starr.
Starr’s reaction was to go carousing with John Lennon in L.A.
The other injured party, Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd, discovered the most effective revenge against her husband. She threw herself into something he had strictly forbade her to do throughout their marriage.
In 1971, Starr bought John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park estate from his band mate. The drummer and his wife entertained often there and it was during one of these evenings that the 26-room Berkshire home became the location for the beginning of the end of the Starrs’ marriage.
In her book Miss O’Dell: Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, author Chris O’Dell, who was an employee of the Beatles’ Apple Corporation and good friend to the Harrisons and Starrs, documented the unsavory incident.
At the height of their fame, The Beatles were offered prominent roles in Disney‘s The Jungle Book. The animators specifically designed characters that resembled each Beatle member, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison. But as we now know, the musicians refused to take on roles in the Disney classic.
While it is now much more common for A-list celebrities to appear as voice actors in animated films, it was much less common back in the 1960s. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1990s that notable celebrities started to take on roles as voice actors. Robin Williams, who mastered his role as Genie in Aladdin, was one of the first big stars to accept work as a voice actor.
“I’m doing it basically because I want to be part of this animation tradition,” Williams said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “I want something for my children.”
Similarly, The Beatles were given the opportunity to be in The Jungle Book.
Ringo Starr has named his favourite Beatles song during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
The legendary drummer revealed the track during Colbert’s 15-question ‘The Colbert Questionert’ – a segment he initially recorded when he appeared on The Late Show back in March.
Colbert asked Starr: “You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life. What is it?” The Beatle quickly answered: “[The Beatles’] ‘Come Together’.
“There’s lots of other favourites, but if you want one, ‘Come Together’ can’t be bad,” Starr said, adding that it was his favourite Beatles song. “I just think it worked perfectly with the band and the song and John being John. I loved that moment.”
Starr also shared his unique take on the afterlife after Colbert asked him what happens when we did. “I think we go to heaven,” Starr said. “Heaven’s great, but you don’t stay there too long; you just gotta get yourself together again and come deal with all that [shit] you didn’t deal with last time you were here.”
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In the many decades since the band split in 1970, their music has remained as popular as ever, although Beatles royalties varied, with Lennon and McCartney having most of the songwriting credits. All four had successful solo careers. Paul also formed the band Wings, George formed the Traveling Wilburys with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and Ringo had his All Starrs band. In 1995 and 1996 the three surviving Beatles also released the three retrospective Anthology albums (and lucrative TV series). The first album alone went 8x Platinum in the US, with sales of over 3.6million. Together with the Beatlejuice radio show host Geoff Johns, we look at how the four musicians all diversified beyond their own music, to generate wealth in sometimes surprising ways.
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John Lennon‘s son Sean Ono Lennon has created a new series of animations inspired by the songs on his late dad’s recently reissued 1970 debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
Sean used the Spotify Canvas medium to create the series of animated loops, collectively titled “I Am the Egbert,” which you can view using the Spotify app on mobile devices.
The animations were designed to accompany the Plastic Ono Band album’s 11 tracks and the three singles John released prior to the record — “Give Peace a Chance,” “Cold Turkey” and “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On).” The series follows a character named Egbert, whose experiences follow closely the themes and sentiments John expressed in the aforementioned 14 songs.
“I Am the Egbert” was put together by Sean in collaboration with the team that created the Oscar-nominated 2007 animated short “I Met the Walrus,” which was inspired by Jerry Levitan‘s experience meeting and interviewing John and wife Yoko Ono in 1969 when, at age 14, he sneaked into the couple’s Montreal hotel room during their famed “Bed-In for Peace” protest.
The Beatles’ movies are generally comedic and whimsical, however, one of them made John Lennon and Yoko Ono cry. Interestingly, they were in the presence of another famous person when they wept in the theater. Here’s that celebrity’s insight into why John and Yoko were so affected by the movie.Lennon Remembers is a long interview John gave to Jann S. Wenner, one of the co-founders of Rolling Stone and a major celebrity in the world of classic rock. In his introduction to the 1971 version of Lennon Remembers, Wenner discusses working diligently on the interview over the phone. He met John and Yoko Ono some time after speaking to John on the phone.
Ringo Starr revealed his favorite Beatles song and his thoughts on the afterlife during a bonus interview from the drummer’s recent virtual visit to The Late Show.
Taking part in Stephen Colbert’s 15-question “The Colbert Questionert” — a segment Starr initially recorded when he appeared on The Late Show in March — the host asked Starr, “You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life. What is it?” Starr quickly replied, “[The Beatles’] ‘Come Together.'”
“There’s lots of other favorites, but if you want one, ‘Come Together’ can’t be bad,” Starr said, noting it was his favorite Beatles song. “I just think it worked perfectly with the band and the song and John being John. I loved that moment.”
Starr also shared his unique take on the afterlife when Colbert asked him what happens when we die. “I think we go to heaven,” Starr said. “Heaven’s great, but you don’t stay there too long; you just gotta get yourself together again and come deal with all that [shit] you didn’t deal with last time you were here.”
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By the time The Beatles’ 11th album, Abbey Road, was released in September 1969, the band had been writing songs for almost a decade. Each of the members had worked hard on their own tracks as well as collaborative efforts. One of the stronger songwriters in the band was George Harrison, who penned such hits as While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes The Sun. The Quiet Beatle disagreed with Paul McCartney over one track on Abbey Road, however.
The song in question, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, was one of Paul’s compositions for the record.
The track included a collection of subtle guitar notes, as well as some extra background noises involving metal shards.
Paul’s wife at the time, Linda McCartney, said the track was his experimentation with the "avant-garde".
He himself said the song was “my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life".
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With Brian Epstein dead, Lennon self-medicating with LSD, Yoko Ono's presence a distraction and Starr temporarily leaving the band, it was an album where the Beatles' washed their dirty laundry in the most public manner possible.
These are the 50 things about The Beatles' White Album you need to know.
1. Referring to The Beatles’ ninth LP as The White Album is like referring to 1991’s Metallica as The Black Album – technically incorrect, but universally understood. It wasn’t meant to be called The Beatles, either, but the band opted for simplicity after their working title, A Doll’s House, was gazumped by Family’s Music In A Doll’s House.
2. Sleeve designer Richard Hamilton suggested tainting the virginal cover with a coffee mug ring, but was told this was “too flippant”. He earned his fee with a stamped serial number, unique to each copy and creating, he felt, “the ironic situation of a numbered edition of something like five million copies”.
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After meeting John Lennon, Yoko Ono became a part of The Beatles’ history. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean she was a fan of The Beatles’ music. Here’s what a reporter said about her relationship to The Beatles’ work — and what she said about it.Jann S. Wenner interviewed John for a famous book called Lennon Remembers. In his 1971 introduction to the book, Wenner discussed what it was like meeting with John and Yoko. “I did this interview with John Lennon in early December 1970, at the offices of his business manager, removed by high stories from the day-time traffic in the middle of the music business on Broadway in New York City,” he said. “We were with Yoko, more or less isolated, in the massive walnut-paneled conference room.”
Sir Tom Jones, 80, rose to fame in 1963 shortly after becoming the frontman for Welsh singing group, The Senators. Since then, the music legend has gone on to achieve worldwide fame, performing with some of the biggest names in the business.
Since finding fame, the Treforest born star has spent over 305 weeks in the UK Top 40, recording songs alongside the likes of Jools Holland and Cerys Matthews.
Now, the music icon has spoken of the time he was approached by The Beatles star, Sir Paul McCartney, 78, who had offered to pen an original track for him.
Shortly after the Liverpool legend had made the suggestion, Sir Tom instantly jumped at the opportunity to record a track written by a member of the world's biggest band.
Despite his initial joy - all was not as it seemed as he faced a hurdle put in place by his then management team.
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John Lennon famously wrote a song called “Working Class Hero.” However, the author of a famous book about The Beatles said John wasn’t actually a member of the working class when he was growing up. Here’s a look at John’s early years and the song.
Hunter Davies was the author of The Beatles: The Authorised Autobiography. For The Guardian, he discussed the book Lennon Remembers, which consists of a long interview with John. While praising the book’s entertainment value, he cast doubt on its accuracy. “So can John be trusted in this interview?” he asked. “It’s hardly a balanced account, even about himself. But it’s true to what he felt, that day.”
In Lennon Remembers, John discusses his song “Working Class Hero” at length — and Davies dismisses the notion John was ever part of the working class. “In his head and his memories, John was a working-class hero, but of course he wasn’t,” Davies wrote. “He was brought up in semi-detached suburbia by Mimi, his aunt, a snob who looked down on snotty-nosed councilhouse kids like Paul and George. In his mind, he’d been a teddy boy tearaway, street fighter a details
The reason for The Beatles' breakup is perhaps discussed even more than what brought the iconic band together. And at the top of the list sits John Lennon's second wife, artist Yoko Ono. Her name has become synonymous with the downfall of the "world's greatest band," as Rolling Stone described them.
However, as with most things in life, The Beatles' disbandment was a gradual process. "I don't think you could have broken up four very strong people like them even if you tried," Ono told Playboy (via Rolling Stone). "So there must have been something that happened within them – not an outside force at all." By the time Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr recorded "The Beatles" — commonly known as "The White Album" — in 1968, the tension among them, per the outlet, was palpable.
Lennon attributed the band's demise to the sudden death of The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, in 1967. "After Brian died, we collapsed," Lennon told Rolling Stone in a 1971 interview. "Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us, when we went round in circles? We broke up then. That was the disintegration." But his relationship with Ono did contribute in the eyes of his bandmate details
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr hasn’t stopped making music. Since the Fab Four’s break-up in 1970, he’s faithfully continued creating and promoting his work.
And in 2008, Starr released Liverpool 8, his 15th studio album. It was while Starr was pitching the album on Live with Regis and Kelly that the Photograph singer up and left the show’s set just before he was about to appear.
From Starr’s first album, the standards collection Sentimental Journey, to his latest, the five song EP Zoom In, the musician over the years has generated tunes and made the rounds to promote his new work.
His album Liverpool 8 refers to the postal district of the area of Liverpool where Starr was born. It was released in 2008.
The songs on the album, as its name implies, are a nostalgic look at his native English city, Starr told the Times Herald-Record.
“I was a sailor first and I worked in the factory and then I played with Rory (Storm) and I ended up in Hamburg and I ended up at Shea Stadium,” Starr said. “And Liverpool, I left you but I never let you down. So that was real easy to take those moments and put them in the song.”
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It was 40 years ago today that The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr married his second wife, James Bond girl Barbara Bach. Celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary, the 80-year-old music legend shared a photo from the big day in 1981 with the happy couple by their wedding cake. But also of note in the special snap are Paul McCartney and George Harrison with their wives Linda and Olivia.
Sir Ringo captioned the wedding photo: “It was 40 years ago today The love of my life said yes yes yes. And I said it right back peace and love.”
Of course, the wedding took place just over 4 months after John Lennon’s murder, so sadly The Beatles couldn’t be fully reunited.
Nevertheless, the John Lennon estate commented on the picture with three love heart emojis on his behalf.
While George’s widow Olivia Harrison commented: “What a day that was.”
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Dan Greenberger is a television writer and producer who has made part of the "origin story" of The Beatles the basis of his debut novel "The Boys Next Door" (Appian Way Press). It's historical fiction, with the first-person narrative told through the letters and diary entries of a young American foreign exchange student named Alan Levy.
Greenberger admits to being a diehard Beatles fan and demonstrates his knowledge of their history by creating a character who pretty seamlessly interacts with the band and their milieu in 1960 Hamburg, Germany. John, Paul, George, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe were in this famously seedy and rowdy part of the German city to play marathon sets of rock 'n' roll music in bars, primarily the Kaiserkeller. (The only recordings known to have survived from this era in Hamburg are from The Star Club in 1962.)
The story takes place over the course of less than three months. Alan Levy finds himself renting a cheap room right next door to the room where all five Beatles are staying. For the first third of the book, the boys next door are peripheral characters in Levy's life, a noisy and vulgar gang that ruins Alan's sleep.
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Last week, April 23 marked St George’s Day and Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to two late Georges associated with The Beatles. Firstly, his fellow bandmate George Harrison who died in November 2001, aged 58. And also Sir George Martin, The Beatles record producer, who died in March 2016 at the age of 90.
On his Instagram account, Sir Paul McCartney posted a picture of himself with the two Georges enjoying a cup of tea in The Beatles’ heyday.
The photograph was taken by Macca’s late first wife Linda McCartney, who died in April 1998 aged 56.
Sir Paul captioned the snap: “Two great Georges on St George’s Day. Have a happy one - Paul.”
The surviving Beatle also paid tribute to George Harrison on February 25, for what would have been his 78th birthday.
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