Paul McCartney said The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” is “an anti-John song.” In addition, he revealed what he thought about it compared to other Beatles songs. John himself explained the origins of “Nowhere Man.”
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul revealed John penned “Nowhere Man” after a night on the town. “When I came out to write with him the next day, he was kipping on the couch, very bleary-eyed,” he remembered.
“It was really an anti-John song, written by John,” Paul added. “He told me later, he didn’t tell me then, he said he’d written it about himself, feeling like he wasn’t going anywhere. I think actually it was about the state of his marriage.” For context, John was still married to his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, at the time.
“It was in a period where he was a bit dissatisfied with what was going on; however, it led to a very good song,” Paul added. “He treated it as a third-person song, but he was clever enough to say, Isn’t he a bit like you and me?’
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Lead Beatles guitarist George Harrison passed away after a battle with lung cancer in November 2001.Paul McCartney has again shared a photo of one of his Beatles bandmates as he gears up to release a huge photo collection to the public. Pictures snapped by Paul, using his own camera between December 1963 and February 1964, will be displayed at The National Portrait Gallery this summer.Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm will run from 28 June to 1 October as one of two major exhibitions to relaunch the gallery after three years of refurbishments. The never-before-seen photographs were taken by Sir Paul McCartney during the height of Beatlemania when the Fab Four were propelled from being the most popular band in Britain to an international cultural phenomenon.
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The Beatles George Harrison was devastated upon seeing Elvis Presley's drastic transformation during their last meeting.
Like many other musicians, The Beatles chose Presley as their inspiration in the music industry. The band members had been open about their love and admiration for the King of Rock and Roll, but they also felt devastated when they noticed massive changes in the singer.
The Beatles lost its second member when Harrison died on Nov. 29, 2001 - decades after John Lennon was murdered. Before his passing, he appeared in an interview and shared what their last meeting with Presley looked like.
"It was a bit sad really, because he had all those squawking singers and trumpet players and that stuff," he said, per Express. "But he had a great rhythm section - James Burton and all that gang - and I just wanted to say to him: 'Just get your jeans on and get your guitar and do [the song] that's alright with me mama and b***er all that other c**p."
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George Harrison, former Beatle, and solo artist, was nothing if not idealistic. For an example of this, look no further than his 1973 song “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth),” a song that was also a success, hitting No. 1 in the U.S.
The sound, which plays as if it was born on an island vacation, is driven by acoustic guitars, nostalgic guitars, and Harrison’s loving voice. In the song, Harrison expresses his desire for a loving, peaceful life. What else could be better?
Let’s dive into the song’s meaning and history below.
The song opens with Harrison wishing for an existence seemingly outside of the human form. He sings, Give me love, give me love, give me peace on earth / Give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth.
Give me hope
Help me cope with this heavy load
Trying to touch and reach you with
Heart and soul
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The Beatles, a band that needs no introduction, has left an indelible mark on the world of music. With numerous albums under their belt, the Fab Four have shaped the sound of modern music and continue to be a source of inspiration for musicians today.
From the early days of rock and roll with Please, Please Me to the experimental sounds of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, there is a Beatles album for every mood and milestone. It’s no wonder their music continues to captivate audiences more than half a century after their debut.
So with great excitement, let’s dive into the list of 10 of the best Beatles albums of all time and see which ones have earned the honor of being considered a top Beatles masterpiece.
1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Paul McCartney said he added violent lyrics to The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).” He explained the “bird” in the song.
John Lennon’s memories of the song contradicted Paul’s.
The Beatles‘ “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” has one of the most unusual titles of any 1960s song. Years later, Paul McCartney explained the meaning of the title. In addition, he said he added a violent element to the track’s lyrics.
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul discussed the relationship between the man and the woman in “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).” “So she makes him sleep in the bath and then finally in the last verse, I had this idea to set [the the woman’s home] on fire as revenge, so we did it very tongue in cheek,” he recalled.
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George Harrison had moved quickly from his multiplatinum rock debut to a massive relief project for genocide-torn Bangladesh. Two years passed before he entered the studio again to record Living in the Material World.
He'd spent the period just before struggling mightily with his faith in humanity, as obstacle after obstacle got in the way while Harrison tried to get badly needed benefit funds to those in crisis. He'd had issues with walking the straight and narrow, swinging wildly between the kind of devotion that earned Harrison the nickname "His Lectureship" and the typical rock-star debauchery associated with the '70s.
All of it went into the new sessions, which relied on songs written in 1971-72 – save for "Try Some, Buy Some" the sadly appropriate song Harrison wrote for Ronnie Spector during the All Things Must Pass era. He also cleaved away some of producer Phil Spector's legendary excesses, relying on a smaller, consistent group of sidemen that included Gary Wright, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann and Jim Keltner.
Hey Jude is a famous song by The Beatles, and you’ve probably sung along to this track more than once in your life, but do you know what it’s about? We’re going to tell you the meaning behind Hey Jude by The Beatles, so continue reading to find out all of the interesting facts about it.
The song Hey Jude is one of the most beloved The Beatles tracks, and it was written by Paul McCartney during the summer of 1968. At the time, John Lennon had just separated from his wife, Cynthia, because he was having an affair with none other than Yoko Ono.
Lennon and Cynthia had a five-year-old son, Julian, and McCartney was driving out to see the kid, and on his way out to see him, he began writing this song. McCartney was having trouble with the fact that because they were getting divorced, Cynthia would no longer be a part of the picture, given she had been with Lennon and in that inner circle before the group became famous.
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Paul McCartney looked for John Lennon’s approval after he wrote The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Paul said John knew the song was good. It became a massive hit.
Paul McCartney revealed the circumstances under which he wrote The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Subsequently, he compared penning the song to having sex. That comparison makes perfect sense.In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul discussed writing “Can’t Buy Me Love.” “I have a recollection of walking ’round St. John’s Wood with that in my mind so I might have written it at home and finished it up on the way to the studio, finally polished it in the studio, maybe just taken John aside for a second and checked it with him, ‘What d’you think?'” he said. “‘Like it.’ ‘Good. Let’s do it!'”
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The Beatles’ “Help!” was written specifically for the film of the same name. John Lennon was the primary writer of “Help!” but Paul McCartney said he made changes to it. The tune became a hit twice in the United Kingdom
Many notable people worked together to come up with the title of The Beatles‘ Help!, the Fab Four’s second feature film. Subsequently, Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote a title song for the movie. Paul revealed his contribution to the song.
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul discussed how the title of The Beatles’ film Help! came about. “I seem to remember [director] Dick Lester, [the band’s manager] Brian Epstein, [producer] Walter Shenson, and ourselves sitting around, maybe [actor] Victor Spinetti was there, and thinking, ‘What are we going to call this one?'” Paul recalled. “Somehow Help! came out. I didn’t suggest it; John might have suggested it or Dick Lester. It was one of them.”
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Everyone has their favorite album by The Beatles, even the four members themselves. However, they also disagreed with each other on the quality of each album, and producer George Martin had his own opinions as well. George Martin disagreed with John Lennon on one Beatles album, which Lennon considers his favorite, while Martin found it a “disappointment.”
1968’s The White Album was a drastic shift from 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Instead of being a cohesive concept album, The White Album is more like a compilation album featuring songs written by each member of The Beatles individually. In an interview with Penthouse, Lennon said Paul McCartney didn’t love the album because it was so individualized. However, Lennon considers it his favorite because it has the best music.
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John Lennon’s first marriage to Cynthia Lennon lasted from 1962 to 1968. It ended quickly after she caught him cheating on her with his next wife, Yoko Ono. Even before that, their marriage still had problems, and one Beatles song written by John Lennon featured subliminal messages that their marriage was in trouble.
“Good Morning, Good Morning” debuted on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While the album featured The Beatles being more experimental and surreal, John Lennon’s personal life still found life within his lyrics. Lennon got divorced one year after this song debuted, and his marital troubles were infused with his music.
In Barry Miles’ biography Many Years From Now, Paul McCartney said Lennon felt “trapped” in his relationship with Cynthia. He was bored with his life and found inspiration from a soap opera he watched called Meet the Wife.
“This is largely John’s song,” McCartney shared. “John was feeling trapped in suburbia and was going through some problems with Cynthia. It was about his boring life at the time, there’s reference in the lyrics to ‘nothing to do’ and ‘meet the wif details
Linda McCartney is most famously known as the first wife of The Beatles' Paul McCartney, and in a way, that's kind of sad. Before marrying, she had the kind of career that most people can only dream of, and as a photographer for rock's elite, she got up close and personal with groups like the Rolling Stones and the Who. She was so well-known in the photography and rock world that when rumors started circulating that she — originally Linda Eastman — was related to the famous Eastman-Kodak operation, everyone just kind of accepted it because that seemed to track. (She's not: Further rumor has it that she started the story herself.)
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Paul McCartney dedicated many of his greatest love songs to his first wife, Linda. However, not every aspect of their relationship was perfect, and they did have their arguments, as every marriage does. One fight gave Paul McCartney the inspiration he needed to write one of his biggest hits.
“Ebony and Ivory” was released in 1982 as the lead single for McCartney’s Tug of War album. The song featured Stevie Wonder, and it quickly became one of the most successful tracks of the former Beatle’s solo career. However, its origin may come from an unexpected place.
In an interview with Record Collector, Paul McCartney discussed how writing songs works as a form of therapy for him. When he suffered from the “teenage blues,” he’d go off with his guitar and write a song. This method carried over into his adulthood, and “Ebony and Ivory” came from him blowing off steam after a fight with Linda.
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In 1967, The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour, a film that George Harrison admittedly found confusing. He said that the movie was half-baked. They didn’t have a director, a script, or even a completely solid idea of what they wanted to make. Harrison said he never had any idea what he was doing on set. Still, he believed that the project ended up helping the band.
The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. The film follows a group of people on a bus tour. While the band understood the premise, they didn’t have a script. Harrison admitted that this made it difficult to understand what was happening.
“It was basically a charabanc trip, which people used to go on from Liverpool to see the Blackpool lights — they’d get loads of crates of beer and all get pissed (in the English sense),” he said in The Beatles Anthology. “It was very flimsy, and we had no idea what we were doing. At least, I didn’t. I had no idea what was happening, and maybe I didn’t pay enough attention because my problem, basically, was that I was in another world.”
Though John Lennon’s mother wasn’t around for much of his childhood, they’d become close in his teen years. He was in a band called the Quarrymen (along with Paul McCartney) at the time of his mother’s death. Just months prior, he had told McCartney: “How can you sit there and act normal with your mother dead? If anything like that happened to me, I’d go off me head.” Then Julia Lennon was hit by a car driven by an off-duty police officer. After that, Lennon did all but lose his head. In 1958, Lennon was still living mostly with his Aunt Mimi, but staying at his mother’s house sometimes as well. One evening when John was out with a friend, Julia came over to her sister’s for dinner. She left to catch the bus around twilight. At the same time, John’s friend Nigel Whalley made his way over to Mimi’s to see if his friend was there. He ran into Julia just outside of Mimi’s and the two chatted for a bit. They said goodbye and Julia started for the bus again. When she was about 200 yards from her sister’s house, she was hit by a car.
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Paul McCartney has taken a trip back to the early days of “Beatlemania,” with his first book of original Beatles photos, titled, 1964: Eyes Of The Storm. The tome, which will be published on June 13th, features 275-shots of long unseen “Macca” photographs spotlighting six city portfolios — Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami — along with McCartney's personal recollections of the photos.
Rolling Stone quoted McCartney talking about the book, which covers November 1963 to February 1964, as saying: “Looking at these photos now, decades after they were taken, I find there’s a sort of innocence about them. Everything was new to us at this point. But I like to think I wouldn’t take them any differently today. They now bring back so many stories, a flood of special memories, which is one of the many reasons I love them all, and know that they will always fire my imagination. The fact that these photographs have been taken by the National Portrait Gallery is humbling yet also astonishing — I’m looking forward to seeing them on the walls, 60 years on.”
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The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” was a collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Paul said “Please Please Me” was an example of The Beatles stealing from American artists. “Please Please Me” was a bigger hit in the United Kingdom than it was in the United States.
Paul McCartney said The Beatles‘ “Please Please Me” was inspired by an American rock ‘n’ roll star. Paul said the song was originally slower to mimic that star’s style. Subsequently, The Beatles’ producer had a different vision for the track.In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul revealed “Please Please Me” was inspired by Roy Orbison. “If you imagine it much slower, which is how John wrote it, it’s got everything, the big high notes, all the hallmarks of an Orbison song,” he said. “But in the session, George Martin suggested we lifted the tempo and suddenly there was that fast Beatles spirit.”
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The Beatles are often regarded as the greatest and most influential band in the history of music. They captured the hearts of millions with their incredible talent and creativity. Throughout their iconic discography, they showcased an expansive range of emotions and themes.
While the upbeat, feel-good songs may be the first to come to mind, there exists a poignant collection of melancholic masterpieces.
In this article, we will explore 10 of the saddest Beatles songs of all time. These touching tracks have become pillars of comfort for people throughout the years. And we hope to show you the emotionality and vulnerability embedded in each piece. On that note, let us go right into the list.
It's been more than 60 years since the Beatles played the Coventry Theatre, their first live show in the city. Gwen Danks was 14 and would wait outside the venue on Sunday afternoons waiting for autographs.
Now 74 and known as Gwen Payne, she remembers waiting outside and suddenly seeing George Harrison in a car. She managed to snap black and white photographs on the 'cheap plastic camera' she had appropriated from brother Graham.
Now, these never-before-seen snapshots and autographs are going under the hammer at a Midlands auction.
Now a grandmother-of-one who has lived her whole life in Coventry, Gwen's autograph book is packed with the signatures of dozens more 1960s stars including Dusty Springfield, Cliff Richard, The Kinks, Helen Shapiro and Cilla Black. That book and the photos are estimated to fetch £3,000 to £4,000 with Richard Winterton Auctioneers on Tuesday, June 6.
1963 was a pivotal year for the Beatles as John, Paul, George and Ringo consolidated their position as the UK’s number one band.
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Ringo Starr is back touring and he wouldn’t have it any other wayRingo Starr is feeling 'ready to rock' ahead of his U.S. tour with his All-Starr BandThe two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee recently spoke to CNN about his current tour with his All-Starr Band.“We all have a lot of fun. I mean, I love to play, you know, as a drummer it’s pretty awkward to go out just on your stage on your own. You need a few guitars and I call up friends … I had to stop calling people, otherwise, we’d been like an orchestra.”The band is considered a rock supergroup, with a rotating lineup of Starr’s musician buddies that has featured everyone from its current members like Colin Hay to former members Joe Walsh and Billy Preston.Last year, Starr had to pause his North American tour after testing positive for COVID-19. The tour, which is primarily taking part on the West Coast with dates in states like California, Arizona and Nevada, will wrap up on June 17.
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We’ve seen lots of Beatlemania photos over the last six decades, from the minute the Fab Four landed at JFK airport in New York City to their pool party in Miami. But we’ve never seen Beatlemania from the inside — until now. The new book Eyes of the Storm, out June 14 (with an accompanying exhibit at London’s National Portrait Gallery), features more than 250 photographs that Paul McCartney took back then, capturing the chaos from the band’s perspective. The rare images range from November 1963 to February 1954, just as the Beatles achieved global superstardom.
“Looking at these photos now, decades after they were taken, I find there’s a sort of innocence about them,” McCartney writes. “Everything was new to us at this point. But I like to think I wouldn’t take them any differently today. They now bring back so many stories, a flood of special memories, which is one of the many reasons I love them all, and know that they will always fire my imagination. The fact that these photographs have been taken by the National Portrait Gallery is humbling yet also astonishing — I’m looking forward to seeing them on the walls, 60 years on.”
George Harrison's son, Dhani, appears to have inherited more than his love of music as he stepped out at the Chelsea Flower Show looking almost identical to the late star
The son of George Harrison looks almost identical to The Beatles legend almost 22 years after he passed away.
Dhani Harrison has followed in the footsteps of his famous dad and works as a musician, but appeared to put his job on hold for the day as he appeared at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Attending the event which also saw Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla as well as Princess Alexandra in attendance, Dhani, 44, could have easily been mistaken for his late father.
The Úlfur Resurrection hitmaker was joined by his girlfriend, Mereki Beach, who he has been in a relationship with following the breakdown of his marriage in 2016.
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Chas Newby, a former bassist for The Beatles, has passed away, as confirmed by the Cavern Club Liverpool music venue. The club expressed their sorrow in a Facebook post, stating that Chas Newby had briefly filled in for The Beatles during a few dates when Stuart Sutcliffe remained in Hamburg.
Additionally, he played with The Quarrymen and was notable for being the first left-handed bass guitarist in The Beatles. The Cavern Club extended their condolences and well wishes to Newby's family.
At the age of 81, Chas Newby, hailing from Blackpool, passed away earlier this week. Often referred to as the "fifth Beatle," he played with the band for a short period in the 1960s while Stuart Sutcliffe focused on his art career.
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Paul McCartney was asked to name the best guitar solo he ever played. He praised a solo on a track from The Beatles’ Revolver as well as a song from one of his more recent albums. In addition, Paul discussed his favorite guitar.
During a 2020 interview with GQ, Paul was asked to name his best guitar solo. “What immediately comes to mind is the ‘Taxman’ solo,” he said. “I think that’s pretty good.”
That’s an incredible understatement! The solo from “Taxman” helps open up Revolver on an energetic note. It also makes “Taxman” one of The Beatles’ most fun album tracks. While Paul played the solo on “Taxman,” George Harrison is the only credited writer of the song.
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