The Fab Four of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are perhaps the most influential rock band of the 20th Century (if not all time). Though only active for a decade from 1960-1970, they have nonetheless had the greatest impact, even beyond contemporaries such as the Rolling Stones and the Who that continue to tour as a group to this day. Even so, remaining members McCartney and Starr have shown no signs of slowing down themselves. So from music to movies and all manner of culture in-between, there are some pretty interesting facts about The Beatles that you may not know.
Back in the USSR
The Soviet Union had a pretty strict ban on Western music, which included all rock n’ roll and definitely included The Beatles. Trying to get vinyl on the black market was difficult and also illegal. However, in the 1950s, a resourceful loophole focused on imprinting the music onto x-ray scans either purchased or picked up from a hospital dumpster. The practice was called “music on the bones” and demand for The Beatles created a spike in this process.
First Time on TV
Though Ed Sullivan was the band’s first live television performance in the US, it wasn’t th details
Have you ever heard an old song that made you realize so much of the music you listen to today is just a descendant of that track? Every song you’ve ever loved has some kind of link back to another song, even though the connection might be nearly untraceable at first.
Long-lost relatives of music from the past, calling back to their ancestors.
Perhaps, even, praying to the music gods who came before.
Recognizing this can be a lot of fun, especially when nearly all of those origin stories come from The Beatles.
Unbelievably, I didn’t really listen to the Beatles until last year.
Back in college, I had a professor (and College Bowl coach) who challenged me to listen to the Beatles (shoutout to Dr. Kenyon!). But I was in my “musically rebellious” phase, where I would only listen to what I had discovered because I was a pain. Every kid goes through that phase at one point.
(Really though, maybe it’s more than one point…I know I’ve gone through quite a few phases like that.)
So I waited, and I stalled.
Once, oh, a decade had passed, I thought I’d give it a shot. Using the power of the Internet, I was soon on my magical mu details
Dealers and auctioneers usually speak in careful, measured language when talking about their wares, but the wealth of evidence proving that John Lennon not only owned but favored this 1962 Gibson J-160E has loosed Darren Julien’s tongue.
“If you’re looking for a Holy Grail Beatles instrument, this is as close as you’re going to get,” says Julien, president and CEO of the Beverly Hills, Calif., auction house Julien’s Auctions, which will offer the guitar (estimated at $600,000 to $800,000) at its Icons and Idols Rock N Roll auction on November 7.
“I think it’s going to break a world record,” says Julien. “It’s almost the most important guitar, period. Bob Dylan’s guitar and Eric Clapton’s Blackie sold for almost $1 million, and they’re not as important as this guitar.”
Instruments played by Lennon rarely appear on the market, and few can match the historic importance of this one.
Lennon ordered the guitar through a Liverpool music store in 1962 for less than $300, along with an identical guitar that went to George Harrison (and is now owned by Harrison’s widow Olivia).
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In early February, a half century after The Beatles created a frenzy upon North American shores, Love Me Do became the top-selling CD at Walmart stores in Canada.
The reason why might be partly tied to Canadian copyright law. Until recently, sound recordings were only protected for 50 years. As a result, early '60s recordings by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and others have fallen into the public domain up north to go alongside works like Ian Fleming's James Bond character that have also become subject to a lesser copyright term.
Taking advantage of this fact is a company called Stargrove Entertainment, which began producing CDs full of public domain recordings and then selling them at retailers like Walmart for five bucks each. The cheap Beatles albums introduced to the Canadian market earlier this year were a hit.
But what happened next, according to Stargrove's 408-page filing on Tuesday with the Canadian Competition Tribunal (read in full below), was interference by vertically integrated music giants, Universal and Sony.
Although the recordings were free to be exploited by anybody, a Beatles album embodies compositions necessitating the clearance of publishing rights. This u details
The rise of social media has led to a proliferation of posted personal photos, and the usual comments that appear below, including occasional observations that show a lack of understanding about the story behind the snapshot.
Now imagine being famous, very famous, and having countless people interpret your experience, even though you and your bandmates are the only ones who truly know all the details. Yes, we did say "bandmates" and yes, we are referring to Ringo Starr, who is pictured above, and who just happens to be a Beatle and a most excellent photographer.
Mr. Starr and his trusty Pentax captured many behind-the-scenes snaps of The Fab Four, and friends, and his travels over the years, and he'll appear for one night only at the El Rey Theatre to chat about his passion and new book, which is called "PHOTOGRAPH."
The moderated on-stage conversation will burble with anecdotes, memories, and such, and "rare and unseen photographs drawn from his personal archives" will give Mr. Starr a few fun and surely emotion-filled prompts for starting another lively tale from his past.
Genesis Publications will release "PHOTOGRAPH" on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Look for it in bookstores from here to every other Bea details
He's enjoying a break from his epic Out There world tour, which he recently added new US dates to.
And Paul McCartney had the perfect summer retreat, heading off the the Hamptons with his wife Nancy Shevell and family.
The 73-year-old stripped off to enjoy the East coast sunshine during a sailing trip, while Nancy, 55, kept busy at the gym.
The Beatles star showed off his sailing skills as he hit the water near his home in the exclusive holiday spot.
Sir Paul went shirtless, stripping down to a pair of checked shorts for his relaxing afternoon. A baseball cap kept him cool in the sweltering temperatures as he made the most of some solo time.
Nancy meanwhile was spotted in her workout gear during the break, looking svelte in leggings and a bright green vest and coordinating Nike trainers. The businesswoman met up with her husband after her gym session, with the pair heading to Serafina in East Hampton for a spot of lunch with Nancy's son Arlen Blakeman.
The Hamptons holiday was a real family affair for Nancy and Paul. As well as sailing, Paul was also spotted getting a workout in as he went cycling with his son James, 37.
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A Devonshire lady, who once threw a bouquet at Paul McCartney and whose husband has been described as a look-alike John Lennon, is selling some rare Beatles memorabilia. The lady, who does not wish to be named, has been a fan of the Fab Four since her teenage years. At Plymouth Auction Rooms next month she will release a fascinating selection of transparency images from the film Help!, a complete set of autographs, and a copy of The Saints – an early recording credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beatles.
“I saw the Beatles twice at the ABC Exeter when I was at school,” she says. “The first time I was at the back. The second time I was down at the front and threw a bunch of flowers at Paul McCartney because he was my favourite.” Since those teenage days she has changed allegiance and now says John Lennon is her favourite – with people having commentated that her husband bears a resemblance to the world-famous Liverpuddlian.
When she was a teenager she acquired the autographs at an auction raising money for a special baby care unit. John Lennon’s signature is even dated 1963. The lady’s father then gave her the collection of publicity images which are from the Beatles& details
Aspiring midland’s musicians became rock royalty for the day as they caught the John Lennon Educational tour bus on the final leg of its Irish tour.
Mullingar Youth Café hosted the bus for the day, which was last in Ireland in 2013.
The musicians from the Edenderry Rockers and Mullingar Music Jam are part of a performance music education initiative called Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath.
No ordinary coach, the facilities on the bus are world class and allowed the attendees to learn and participate in all aspects of music production for song writing and recording to producing a music video.
The song and the video made on the day now go into post production with senior producer Brian who is based is the US.
With access to every part of the bus, including state of the art production facilities, instruments and expertise of the team, the young musicians were delighted with the sheer level of participation and input.
“We've had a super cool day here in Mullingar. The group got on really well and we've enjoyed working with them," said a member of the crew, which included engineers Alex, who acted as record producer for the day, Henrik and Hans and driver Scott details
Fabulous works of art by or inspired by the Beatles and their followers will be a major attraction at The Cheshire Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Tatton Park, Knutsford, from 18th - 20th September 2015.
Going on sale will be original prints by John Lennon, featuring characters from his books, the prints signed by Yoko Ono, original drawings by Klaus Voorman, who played guitar with the group during their Hamburg period, and an inspired watercolour composed around the song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ for a Beatles project by the contemporary artist Angel Dominguez.
The Lennon prints and the original drawings by Klaus Voorman (b.1938), will be shown by Keith Denny of Balmain Fine Art from Cleveland. Voorman was trained as a graphic artist in Berlin and worked as a commercial artist, graphic designer and illustrator. He designed the cover art for the Beatles’ LP ‘Revolver’, for which he won a Grammy award, and went on to design cover works for Wet Wet Wet and the Bee Gees. As a musician, he worked with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, Manfred Mann, Lous Reed, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson and many others.The Voorman drawings will be priced at £200 each. details
Award-winning Great Museums® Television's newest documentary, "Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum," begins airing nationally on public television in September 2015. Narrated by musician/actor Steven Van Zandt, lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, the one-hour HD film showcases the world's only museum devoted to the story of American culture through the lens of rock and roll.
To coincide with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, the documentary features interviews, histories and anecdotes by artists and rock pioneers. Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Hollies); Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead); Ann Wilson (Heart); and Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC) lend musical and cultural commentary. Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records; and Jann Wenner, Founder of Rolling Stone magazine and Co-founder of the Rock Hall provide insight into the story told by the museum.
Sound Tracks showcases the vitality of the Rock Hall, starting with the glistening prism of I.M. Pei's building on the shores of Cleveland's Lake Erie. "Within these walls lie the artifacts and stories of rock and roll, which is the most accessible art form of our time," explains Greg Harris, P details
There was more disappointment than joy Monday morning when tickets to Paul McCartney’s Oct. 22 concert in Buffalo sold out in minutes.
The announcement was made inside First Niagara Center four minutes after the box office opened and tickets became available on-line at 10 a.m. About 10 of the 100 people who had handbills giving them first shot at buying tickets were able to purchase them. Nearly 100 more fans waited outside, some for more than three hours, hoping that there would be some left for them.
Noreen Burke of Hamburg was the first to walk away from the ticket counter with her four tickets, Section 204, for $168 apiece. “Well worth it,” she said with a huge smile.
But Janet Harrison, who said she got up at 3 a.m. to take the bus and train from Kenmore to the arena, was out of luck since she didn’t have a handbill. She said when she got there last Thursday, they didn’t have any left. But she came to wait in line, ever hopeful. “I was thinking of telling them I was related to George, because my name is Harrison,” she said. “My father always said I had a famous cousin in London.”
Confusion reigned Monday morning as fans eager to snare tic details
Pattie Boyd has spoken about her life with George Harrison during her debut at International Beatleweek. The model and photographer was interviewed by Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn in front of a packed ballroom at the Adelphi.
It was her second visit to Liverpool in just over a week, after she attended Cilla Black’s funeral in Woolton. And she spoke of the day, saying “I thought I was going to weep like mad, but it was so wonderful and brilliantly done....I’m sure Cilla would have been really pleased.”
The 71-year-old was a teenage model in London when she first met Beatle George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964.
She says: “I got a call from my agent to go for an interview. The usual girls were all there waiting to go in and show their photographs. “I recognised Dick Lester, as I’d done some TV commercials for him, and I went away thinking it was an interview for a commercial.“I was shocked and amazed when my agent called and said I’d got a part in a Beatles’ film.”
Some scenes were shot on a train running to the West Country and back, and Boyd revealed how at the end of the day’s filming George Harrison details
Take one part R&B, one part Buddy Holly, and another part Everly Brothers and the result is “Thank You Girl,” the B-side to the 1963 single “From Me to You.” Ringo Starr’s pounding drumming, John Lennon’s bluesy harmonica, and Lennon and Paul McCartney’s tight harmonies make for an unfairly unappreciated early track.
Originally intended as an A-side, “Thank You Girl” was eventually replaced with “From Me to You.” Drawing from past interviews, Anthology quoted Lennon’s summary of the song’s fate: “We’d already written ‘Thank You Girl’ as the follow-up to ‘Please Please Me.’ This new number [‘From Me To You’] was to be the b-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the a-side, Thank You Girl the b.” As Lennon stated in one of his last interviews, “‘Thank You Girl’ was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn’t work.”
According to the Beatles Bible, the song was a true collaboration between Lennon and McCartney, with the former writing the verses while the latter contributed the chorus and middle eight. Paul McCarney cla details
The Beatles were constantly photographed by professionals and obsessive fans alike, but they liked to take their own snapshots, too.
Drummer Ringo Starr especially loved taking photos.
During the group's glory days, Starr was active behind the lens, capturing candid moments on tour, backstage, and in the studio.
His work has been catalogued in a new book, "Photograph," which contains over 250 extremely rare and never-before-seen photographs taken by the world-famous drummer.
Published by Genesis Publications, the book will go on sale September 21.“There’s a lot of pictures in this book, shots of ‘the boys’ that only I could have taken," says Starr in the introduction.
Take a peek at the highlights below, as well as some of Starr's musings from the book.
Starr says he feels bad for famous young musicians of this generation who can't escape the media and society completely. "We'd go on holiday and it was great; we could go away, have a good time, and be left alone," he says.
Soon after that photo was taken, Starr joined The Beatles. As the band's popularity grew, their days became busy with making music, going to photo shoots, and touring. Here, details
The Fab Four. The Lads from Liverpool. The Mop Tops. No band has quite impacted the trajectory of popular music like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did in The Beatles. They’ve earned more No. 1 records than any other group in their native England, and sold more records than any other musician in America. They are indisputably one of the greatest acts of all time.
But picking the best 50 songs out of the 300+ The Beatles recorded was a project Paste has planned for more than a year. More than 20 staff members, contributors and interns participated, voting for 98 different songs—nearly a third of the band’s brilliant catalog. And the results are fascinating. We included 26 McCartney songs, 17 Lennon songs, three Harrison songs (two of which made the top 10), and four that were truly co-written by Lennon and McCartney. Below, find our thoughts on the 50 best songs by The Beatles.
50. “The Long And Winding Road”
“The Long and Winding Road” begins quietly, but after those first five words when the strings swell up, it gets dramatic pretty quickly. This symphonic track triggers a deep sense of longing and always invokes a sort of empty fee details
What was your first concert? Was it so seminal that 50 years later rock writers seek you out to pick through your memories? Personally, I know that will never happen to me: mine was Grand Funk Railroad with opening act Suzi Quatro at Madison Square Garden in 1974. But for a very lucky batch of teenage girls – and a smattering of boys, parents and celebrities – it was The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1965.
Following up on their groundbreaking 1964 sold-out concert at the Bowl, The Beatles returned for two performances the following year, August 29th and 30th. Tickets were $3, $4, $5, $6 and $7. Naturally, both shows sold out and with a capacity of just over 17,600, the band grossed $156,000 (almost $1.2 million in today’s dollars).
Back then, kids learned about and bought tickets through what today we call “traditional media.” AM radio station KRLA presented the concerts and promoters placed full-page ads in the Los Angeles Times, with a coupon that fans had to mail in on a specific date to order tickets.
And mail in they did. Fan and Beatles at the Bowl concertgoer Sharon Weisz remembers, “My parents didn’t subscribe to the Times so I had to go out and details
“Why does Pete Best still not know why he was fired from The Beatles?” Good question. (OK, it’s a bit “old school” before there was any school but again it beats answering those questions odd intimate inquiries. Seriously? We thought “The Walrus” was Paul. If you don’t get that reference then you need to look into a “Glass Onion”, mmmkay?)
Former Beatles drummer Pete best still does not know why he was fired? Really?
It was August, 1960. A Brit band called The Silver Beatles recruited Pete Best as drummer. Guest speaker Mark Frauenfelder, contributor to BoingBoing, confirms this and adds: “Best was already in a band called the Black Jacks, but he took the gig and for the next two years he played with the band (which eventually dropped “Silver” from its name).”
In the summer of 1962 the band attended their first Parlophone recording session at EMI studios, (now Abbey Road Studios). They recorded four songs including the first recording of “Love Me Do.” Numerous sources note producer George Martin—not present during the actual recordings—later decided to use another drummer in the studio. details
Liverpool’s tourism businesses have enjoyed as much as 15% annual growth in Beatles-related trade every year since 2008.
That claim was made by one of the local entrepreneurs behind the on-going International Beatleweek festival and comes as the city prepares for this weekend’s separate Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF). The continuing surge of interest in The Beatles has meant that Cavern Club owner Cavern City Tours has seen its turnover double in the past seven years and this year’s figure is expected to reach £6m with profits in excess of £1m. As well as the Cavern Club venue and International Beatleweek, the company also operates the Magical Mystery Tours around Liverpool.
Cavern City Tours co-owner, Bill Heckle, told ECHO Business: “We have had 15% growth since 2008 and we thought it couldn’t get any better, but it is. “This last week was as busy as Beatleweek ever was. The number of visitors to the city is continuing to rise.”
International Beatleweek runs between August 26 to September 1 and involves live gigs, talks, exhibitions, memorabilia sales and tours. It culminates this coming weekend when thousands of tourists are expected details
Paul McCartney has admitted he was scared there was a Beatles serial killer on the loose following John Lennon’s assassination.
Speaking with Uncut magazine, Macca recalled his mindset in 1980 when he found himself the inadvertent subject of a mock invasion in his Scottish home.
“It was weird because in the days that followed it, I was sitting in the house. We had a little perimeter fence, mainly to keep foxes out, because we had some chickens. I’m aware of security threats, so I’m on high alert and I look out and I see someone with a f–king gun, like a machine gun, an assault rifle – ‘Wha?!’ He’s in full military gear, and then I see there’s a whole patrol of them. I’m going, ‘Holy shit, what’s going on?'” he told the British music magazine.
Fearing for his life, not to mention the Paul is Dead headlines the following day, the “Helter Skelter” singer worried he’d never see another day: “I don’t know what I did. I think I rang the police. It turned out to be army manoeuvres. [They said] ‘Oh, sorry. Are these your woods?’ I’d put two and two together and made a thousand. God, details
In the sad sweepstakes for Worst Paul McCartney Solo Album, it would have taken a lot to zoom past the cutesy London Town, the self-conscious Driving Rain or the undercooked Wild Life — to say nothing of the synthy disaster that is McCartney II.
Paul McCartney got there with Press to Play, released on Aug. 25, 1986, an oh-so-typically-1980s Hugh Padgham-helmed “event” that stands as perhaps his least listenable offering. In some respects, you can blame the production values. Listen closely, and you might find the first frail flowerings of a creative rebound for Paul McCartney here — even if the old-man attitude seems a little heavy handed on tracks like “Angry.” But, more often, you’re stuck with things like “Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun,” which was as lightweight as anything on the second side of Wings albums like London Town and, maybe more particularly, Red Rose Speedway — since it too featured a series of half-finished ideas masquerading as a medley. “Talk More Talk” and “Pretty Little Head” are, even now, largely nonsensical.
Yet McCartney is, bless him, incapable of making a completely awful record. (Even McCartney II had details
It’S been called his finest moment since his work with Thomas The Tank Engine. Ringo Starr is back in the nation’s living rooms as the star of a new advertising campaign for… comfortable shoes. “Rock out in comfort” may be the kind of tagline that would have horrified the four lads who stormed the Cavern Club in 1960s Liverpool but at 75 it seems the former Beatle is perfectly happy endorsing a gentler kind of existence.
In the commercials for Skechers shoes Ringo is back behind his drum kit, hammering out a beat, before watching a young pretender attempt the same. After the final flourish the old master shakes his head. “Well,” he says in that famous Scouse drawl, “at least you got the shoes right, brother.”
As adverts go it’s actually rather good. Ringo looks great: fit, handsome and still retaining that deadpan charm that always made him the funniest and most likeable of the Fab Four. And Skechers are clearly delighted. “We are incredibly excited to be working with such an amazing world-renowned artist as Ringo Starr,” the company’s president Michael Greenberg said in a statement. “Ringo possesses charm, charisma and global r details
Blame it on the bottle, Harry Nilsson makes another phenomenal attempt to dismantle his own career. It had all been eccentric career moves and nonstop partying since “Without You” stunned the world and made him a star back in 1972. Bringing along ex-beatles John and Ringo (sometimes George and Paul stopped by as well) and a trail of thirsty celebrities (like Keith Moon) as cheerleaders, wasn’t the smartest thing to do, at least according to his doctor and his record company. RCA probably thought their star had gone insane. I don’t think “Son Of Dracula” (1974) is Mariah Carey’s favorite album (or movie), to put it that way.
“Pussy Cats” was born during John Lennon’s 18-month “lost weekend” in Los Angeles. Out on his own he turned into your drinking buddy from hell, having a lot of catching up to do. John and Harry triggered each other in their drunken stupors, feeding the gossip press with marvelous scandals. In between fistfights, heckling and being thrown out of night cubs with a sanitary pad on his head, John offered to produce Harry’s next album. Not surprisingly it turned into an open doors session, party time, drinks and drugs and a gall details
Rare Beatles memorabilia will be auctioned off in Liverpool this weekend – including sketches drawn by Paul McCartney which are expected to fetch over £10,000.
The drawings, which include Beatlesesque faces drawn in ink, have writing by Paul on the reverse and were discovered by the seller in an attic.
More than 300 lots are being auctioned at the Annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction, including Beatles trading cards, Beatles breakfast bowls, a Christmas card signed by Yoko Ono and an 800-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Four volumes of the Liverpool Daily Post and ECHO from 1962-64 are also included in the sale, for a guide price of £250-300. The auction will be held at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on Saturday and is organised by Stephen Bailey, manager of The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street. He told the ECHO the sketches were “an amazing find”.
He said: “People usually think of John as the artistic Beatle but these drawings show Paul’s talent for capturing an image in a quick sketch. “Every year we’re just amazed by what goes in for auction and each year there’s something new that we’re surprised to see – it’s just fant details
The piano played by John Lennon during his last years in New York is currently making its way to Liverpool. It is expected to be put on display to the public at The Beatle’s Story museum in the city’s Albert Dock in time for the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend’s music festivals.
The piano was used to record some of the last music John Lennon composed before he died at the hands of a gunman on December 8, 1980. According to Jack Douglas, an engineer who worked at the Record Plant Studio in New York at the time, it affectionately became known as “the John Lennon Piano” because he would move it to every studio he was working in. Lennon is said to have loved the piano’s honky tonk sound as it reminded him of early American Rock and Rhythm & Blues.
Originally a traditional upright made by the New England Piano company, it had been converted by inserting tacks into the hammers to give it a harpsichord-like percussive sound.
Not only can the piano be heard on Walls and Bridges and Double Fantasy but John Lennon also used it to compose songs with Elton John and David Bowie.
On the day he died, John Lennon spent many hours working at the piano on Walking On Thin Ic details
The Beatles were such talented songwriters that it’s easy to overlook the fact that their music has some great—and occasionally groundbreaking—guitar work.
With that in mind, Guitar World decided to celebrate the 10 best guitar moments from the band's hit-making history. In assembling this list, we looked beyond our personal favorite songs and reflected on where John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney showed their talents as guitarists, whether in a solo, a riff, a technique or by their astute selection of instrument and arrangement.
For some songs, we’ve gone a step further and analyzed the guitar work to give you insights into the magic that makes these moments so special. Enjoy! And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook! If you'd like to delve much more deeply into this topic, be sure to check out The Fab 50: The Beatles' 50 Greatest Guitar Moments.
10. “Something” Abbey Road (1969) Ironically, while the Beatles were breaking apart in 1969, George Harrison was coming into his own as a songwriter and guitarist.
His Abbey Road contribution “Something” is among his finest songs, and his guitar playing here and t details