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Ever since John Lennon was a boy the number nine followed him throughout his entire life.

Some people have a lucky number. John Lennon has a number that follows him around, even beyond the grave. Throughout the ex-Beatles' life the number nine popped up constantly, sometimes coincidentally or purposely, and eventually became a Beatles legend. One thing's for sure, the legend is real and frankly kinda creepy.

"It’s just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I’m a number six or a three or something, but it’s all part of nine," John Lennon said in 1980, the year he would die.

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The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison, has launched the Inner Light Challenge to raise funds for charities providing aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge takes inspiration from George Harrison's song 'The Inner Light' and asks people around the world to share their own 'inner light' moment. In I, Me, Mine, George Harrison reveals the song's origins.

'Juan Mascaró sent me a copy of a book called Lamps of Fire and in his letter he says '... might it not be interesting to put into your music a few words of Tao'. And that's where the words to 'The Inner Light' came from; it's a translation from the 'Tao Te Ching'. The song was written especially for Juan Mascaró because he sent me the book and is a sweet old man. It was nice, the words said everything.' - George Harrison

Olivia Harrison has said: 'These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let's get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light.'

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March 12th, 1969, is a monumental day in the history of The Beatles for two polar opposite reasons. Just as the London police service launched a suspiciously well-timed drugs raid conducted on George Harrison’s estate, his bandmate Paul McCartney was on the way to the church to marry his fiance, Linda, on the very same day.

The raid, which came shortly after John Lennon was also visited as part of a wide-scale attempt to indict as many high profile names as possible, was directed with the attempt to gain maximum media attention in an effort to spread an anti-drug message with the likes of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton also being targeted.

At the time of the drugs bust, Harrison was busy working at the Beatles’ Apple Corps headquarters. However, his wife at the time, Pattie Boyd, was home and remembered the visit vividly in her autobiography Wonderful Tonight: “Suddenly I heard a lot of cars on the gravel in the drive, far too many for it to be just George,” she wrote. “My first thought was that maybe Paul and Linda wanted to party after the wedding. Then the bell rang. I opened the door to find a policewoman and a dog standing outside. At that moment the back-doorbell rang and I thou details

If you caught Haruki Murakami’s new short story, “With The Beatles” (published in the February 17-24 New Yorker), you got a reminder of the days when the Fab Four did things no recording artist had ever done before (and may never do again).

Murakami pointed to the Billboard Hot 100 charts of April 1964, when The Beatles held all top-five spots. While that feat would have made it a great year, the Fab Four didn’t stop there. Before year’s end, they would rack up six No. 1 hit singles.

It was Beatlemania in full swing, and it didn’t really stop in 1965. When the calendar flipped to January ’65, the group continued sitting atop the Billboard charts with “I Feel Fine.” But that wasn’t the only good music folks heard on the radio in those days.

When The Beatles let go of the No. 1 spot, The Supremes (“Come See About Me”) took their place. Then in the following weeks two more masters of 20th-century music made their way to the top: Jimmy Page and Phil Spector.

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The Beatles took inspiration from all types of locations. They typically took inspiration from their contemporaries. The Fab Four’s hit “Eleanor Rigby” was influenced by, of all issues, a horror film.

The Beatles, one of many biggest rock bands of all time, took inspiration from one of many biggest administrators of all time: Alfred Hitchcock. Specifically, Hitchcock’s uber-classic Psycho impressed the sound of “Eleanor Rigby.” The rating to Psycho satisfied Paul McCartney that string sections could possibly be “edgy” and helped him create one in every of his masterpieces.
First, just a little background. The violin is an instrument recognized for making a heat, lush sound. It’s not an instrument related to horror motion pictures.

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t wasn’t quite the day the music died, but for Beatles fans the world over, it must have felt pretty close.

On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney issued a press release alongside advance copies of his solo album, which seemed to announce the Beatles’ demise.

Framed as the transcript to a Q&A, he confirmed that he did not miss his band-mates, that he was not planning anything with them, and that he could not foresee writing any future songs with John Lennon. When asked if he enjoyed solo work, he said: “I only had me to ask for a decision, and I agreed with me.”

Lennon responded furiously, but his words seemed to confirm those of his band-mate. “He can’t have his own way, so he’s causing chaos. I put out four albums last year, and I didn’t say a f***ing word about quitting.” In reality, he had privately departed months before.

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John Lennon's son felt "cast aside" when he embarked on a relationship with Yoko Ono.

Julian Lennon has recalled how he felt the late Beatles legend had "disappeared off the face of the planet" when he divorced his mother Cynthia in 1968 and got together with the artist because they had very little contact.

Julian said: "Suddenly my dad literally disappeared off the face of the planet. At least, that's how it seemed to me.

"He and Yoko Ono were deeply and publicly in love. And I felt as if my mum and I had been cast aside."

Julian, now 56, felt grateful that his dad's bandmate Sir Paul McCartney didn't "forget" about him.

He added: "Not everyone forgot about us, though. Paul wrote Hey Jules after dropping in to check how my mum and I were doing. (Obviously, the title of the song changed to Hey Jude)."

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The catalogue of The Beatles is undoubtedly one of the most impressive in musical history. But what were John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr’s favourite Beatles album?

As a single unit under the moniker of The Beatles, the four individuals may have at times moved as one but in truth, their individualism would often lead them down different paths. The personalities of The Beatles are part of what endeared them to so many hearts across the world during their explosion in the swinging sixties.

While some of that was down to the marketing of George Martin, it was certainly true that their different tastes and talents were an organic evolution of not only the band but the members as people in their own right.

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The Beatles wrote many songs centered on fictional characters, from the title character of “Mean Mr. Mustard” to Desmond and Molly Jones from “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” “Eleanor Rigby” appears to be about a pair of fictional characters – Ms. Rigby and Father McKenzie. But are they fictional?

Originally, Paul McCartney believed he fabricated the names in the song. A visit to a cemetery he went to as a child convinced him otherwise. Here’s the story behind the real people who may have inspired characters in the song.
The song tells the story of a sad, lonely woman named Eleanor Rigby and an ineffectual preacher named Father McKenzie. Rigby dies lonely and unmourned. McKenzie delivers the sermon at her funeral.

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The British institution Desert Island Discs is one that far outweighs even the heavy credentials of The Beatles own Paul McCartney. So when the iconic radio show reached its landmark 40th year, it invited the star to take part and create one of the series most cherished moments.

Below we’re taking a dive into the 1982 episode of Desert Island Discs in which they welcome the Beatle to pick eight songs he simply couldn’t live without. His list of tracks pays homage to his musical development as he and host Roy Plomley investigate the Beatles’ very beginning.

The show sees original host Roy Plomley (who had taken charge of all four decades worth of shows at this point) ask his guests to pick eight songs to take with them, should they be stranded on a desert island. It has seen everyone from iconic rock stars to world leaders take on the challenge and in 1982 it was the turn of Paul McCartney.

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Ringo Starr is pushing back dates on his upcoming All Starr Band tour “out of an abundance concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid 19 crisis,” according to a news release.

Ringo and his All Starr Band — featuring Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart — will now launch the tour next year.

“This is very difficult for me,” Starr said in a news release. “In 30 years I think I’ve only missed two or three gigs, never mind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other.

“So we have moved the Spring tour to 2021. My fans know I love them, and I love to play for them and I can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible. In the meantime stay safe. Peace and love to you all.”

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If you’re searching for the recording artist with the most commercial success, you don’t have to look beyond The Beatles. In their relatively short run making records (1962-70), the Fab Four packed away enough material to sell some 600 million albums (LPs) and billions of singles.

Their run on the UK and Billboard charts was also unmatched. Not even Elvis Presley racked up the number of chart-topping singles (20) and long-players (21). If nothing else, these statistics are worth keeping in mind when someone says Drake surpassed such-and-such Beatles chart milestone.

As far as the Fab Four’s chart dominance goes, the band really lorded over the Billboard Hot 100 and 200 in 1964. That year, they set a record for most No. 1 hits in a calendar year (six). At the peak of Beatlemania, the group also managed to hold the top five spots on America’s pop charts simultaneously.

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George Harrison’s Material World Foundation has donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief. The foundation — started by the late Beatle in 1973 with the release of the LP Living in the Material World — donated the funds to MusiCare’s COVID-19 Foundation, Save the Children, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

In addition, the foundation launched “The Inner Light Challenge,” in which users across the globe share a line, verse, or chorus from the Beatles’ 1968 B side — featured in a new lyric-video below. One dollar will be donated to pandemic relief for every person who posts the clip with the hashtag #innerlight2020, with a maximum of $100,000.

Harrison’s son, Dhani, covers “The Inner Light” in the clip above. “Without going out of my door/I can know all things on earth,” he sings, ringing a Tibetan singing bowl while sitting on a couch. “Without looking out of my window/I could know the ways of heaven.”

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This week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an order requiring people to stay home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. That means the majority of kids and adults are now at home and may be feeling a little bit restless.

One outlet for a lot of people is music, so now may be the perfect time to start expanding your musical horizons. In the first of a new OPB series, we’re going to speak with musically minded people around the region to discover new music and help you explore genres that might not be part of your regular cultural diet.

Suzanne Nance is the president and CEO of All Classical Portland and the host of Sunday Brunch.

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In October 1963, The Beatles had yet to break through in America, but they had gotten well on their way in the UK. The Fab Four’s momentum really picked up in May ’63 when their debut Please Please Me began its run at the top of the UK charts.

But those were still humble days in many ways. After recording the majority of their debut LP in just 10 hours, The Beatles made their follow-up (With The Beatles) in a still-brisk seven days. Compare that to, say, the five months they’d later spend on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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On June 13th, 1978, The Cramps travelled 3,000 miles from New York City to the Californian city of Napa to perform a notorious gig at a mental hospital in front of just a handful of hardcore fans, around 100 patients as well as a few members of hospital staff who were the only witnesses of one of the most legendary punk shows of all time.

The Lux Interior fronted outfit were invited down to Napa by Bart Swain, a member of staff at Napa State Hospital who had tried to recruit a number of bands to perform at the institute over the years. On this occasion, however, it was one of the rare occasions which that a camera crew filmed their unique performances.

Not only was the show captured on film, but it was also attended by San Franciso based writer Howie Klein who documented it in the July 1978 issue of The New York Rocker and, in his review of the evening, decided to use a string of bizarrely distasteful language. Klein wrote:

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If you were looking for a Beatle who respected the British royal family and could be counted on to say the right thing at the right time, John Lennon wasn’t your guy. Over the years, John made it clear he wasn’t gunning for a knighthood, starting with the return of his MBE to Queen Elizabeth in 1969.

But even in the pre-Beatlemania days, John wanted to get a few shots in when the Fab Four played the Royal Variety Show of 1963. “I cracked a joke on stage,” he said in Anthology. “I was fantastically nervous, but I wanted to say something to rebel a bit, and that was the best I could do.”

Before diving into “Twist and Shout,” John calmly approached the microphone and requested some help from the audience. “Would the people in the cheapest seats clap your hands,” he said. “And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry.”

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A London municipal crew has repainted the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the cover of The Beatles‘ 1969 album of the same name, while the city is under lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The crew quietly painted the normally swamped tourist hotspot zebra crossing on Tuesday (March 24), after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a shutdown of non-essential businesses on Friday (March 20).

The pedestrian crossing was designated a site of national importance by the British government in 2010. This means it can only be altered with the approval of the local authorities which would make a decision based on the site’s historic significance, function and condition, according to Reuters.

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A riverside apartment previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney and ex-wife Heather Mills is for sale.

According to Paul McCartney: The Biography, by Philip Norman, the former Beatle gifted cash to Mills to buy the two-bedroom apartment in the exclusive Thames Reach development so she could use it as an office.

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Tonight we get words of wisdom from two of my favorite Britons ever -- Winston Churchill and George Harrison.

(Others in contention for favorite, in no particular order: John Cleese, Elvis Costello, Emma Thompson, William Shakespeare, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sean Connery, Brian May’s hair and Laurel or Hardy -- whichever one was British.)

Over Churchill's loud objections, we'll give Harrison top billing, if only because I don't think The Bulldog could sing.

And so, Churchill provides the opening act:

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Heck, we're not even at the end of the beginning of this COVID-19 pandemic. Things are probably going to get pretty bad, including right here in Putnam County.

But I know there will be an end. What will life be like on the other side? I don't know. None of us do.

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Back in 1963, The Beatles released their Parlophone single I Want to Hold Your Hand. The track also came with This Boy on the B-side, but it turns out there was some controversy behind-the-scenes on this one. In fact, John Lennon’s vocals on the song had replaced George Harrison’s guitar solo.

According to Showbiz CheatSheet, The Beatles’ producer George Martin was very much in control of the band’s recording sessions.

Unlike their later work, they whizzed through their early music in a matter of hours.

The Fab Four had 15 full run-throughs of This Boy, but the middle eight featured Harrison’s guitar solo.

Geoff Emerick, who was working a the studio’s second engineer that day, has revealed in Here, There Everywhere what the producer made of it.

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The writers of The Simpsons say that Paul McCartney “always checks” that Lisa is still a vegetarian, after it became a key condition of his guest appearance on the show.

The Beatles icon appeared alongside his late wife Linda in 1995’s Lisa The Vegetarian, an episode in which Lisa vows to stop eating meat after meeting the McCartneys.

In a new interview with the Radio Times, show consultant David Mirkin – who is also a vegetarian – said he was “happy to comply” with McCartney’s request.

But he admitted that every time he bumps into McCartney, “he always checks. And he’s always surrounded by nine or ten lawyers so it’s quite frightening.”

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The musician, who was well-known for performing with The Beatles fell ill with Covid-19 on Saturday after performing a gig, his close friend Arthur Kerevan has confirmed.

But sadly, the father-of-three passed away from the virus on Tuesday.

His family paid a tribute to the musician, who described him as ‘our world’.

‘As a family we are devastated at the sudden loss of our husband, father-in-law, grandad, brother and friend who touched so many lives through music,’ they said in a statement.

‘What makes his loss even more heartbreaking is the fact that it could have been so easily avoided had it not been for coronavirus.’

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Lots of music appears to be emerging from the world’s windows and balconies, in some cases recalling The Beatles’ famous rooftop concert from 1969. Now some enterprising fan out there might be able to replicate the band’s very first concert—from almost a decade earlier—on the actual stage where they played.

On April 10, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup, California-based Julien’s Auctions will offer a slew of Beatles memorabilia (with live online bidding available), from the handwritten lyrics for “Hey Jude” to corduroy trousers worn by John Lennon himself. While it may not look so illustrious, this set of wooden planks pulled straight out of the floor are in fact witnesses to history, and a marquee item that could fetch as much as $20,000.

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The Beatles are one of the greatest rock bands ever. The Beach Boys are one of the greatest rock bands ever. It only makes sense that Sir Paul McCartney would want to collaborate with one of the Beach Boys.

When Paul worked with the Beach Boys, things went down an unexpected path. Paul is a reknown multi-instrumentalist. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson asked him to play an uncommon instrument: celery.
The Beach Boys evolved from a doo-wop/pop band to one of the most experimental acts in the history of mainstream music. Some of their experiments included using non-instruments as instruments. Their album Pet Sounds famously features the sounds of dogs barking at some point.

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