The Beatles have fans everywhere, but actually knowing individual members of the band is a privilege. Chevy Chase has had the privilege of knowing two Beatles. He still knows Paul McCartney, and Chase said he knew John Lennon, too. Lennon died in 1980 but Chase remembers spending time with him in New York. Chase was a guest on Rob Lowe’s Literally! Podcast on April 14. While discussing his early days on Saturday Night Live, Chase revealed he was also friendly with the Beatles members. The Beatles broke up in 1970. Chase was on Saturday Night Live from 1975-76. Living in New York in the late ‘70s, Chase would run into Lennon and Yoko Ono regularly. Here was Lennon’s New York hangout back then. “I was living on the west side around 71st street or something, close to the Hudson River,” Chase told Lowe. “He and Yoko lived somewhere near there too, because I’d see him quite frequently in the little park there, eating something and that’s where I liked to go to eat. I think the first time I met him, I had a huge sandwich in my hands. Anyway, then I’d walk back up 72nd street from the park with the two of them.”
Since The Beatles made their way onto the scene in 1962 a number of bands have been compared to them. Most recently, the likes of One Direction stirred up the conversation again after becoming one of the best-selling bands on the planet. Since their debut, 1D have sold more than 36 million records and counting. They never beat The Beatles, however. The Fab Four have sold more than 600 million records worldwide since their debut. This is the kind of success Paul McCartney is not convinced will ever be recreated in the music industry.
Speaking to Esquire in 2015, the singer and guitarist was asked if the success they reached could ever be hit again, or if they were a product of their time.
Macca replied: “We don't live in that culture any more, that's true. We came out of a very rich period. But let's not forgot, those four boys were f*****g good.
“It wasn't just to do with the period. You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had.”
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Paul McCartney said you can hear a vulgar message if you play one of the songs from The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band backward. However, he indicated this was not The Beatles’ intent. Here’s what happened when Paul played one of The Beatles’ most famous songs backward –and why he decided to do so in the first place.
During a 1974 interview with Rolling Stone, Paul discussed how fans found many hidden meanings in The Beatles’ work. For example, he mentioned some people believed the cover of Abbey Road contained clues revealing he died. He said it was easy to see hidden meanings in things if you were looking for hidden meanings.
Then he discussed backmasking. Backmasking is the phenomenon in which artists will put backward messages in their songs. While there are some examples of intentional backmasking, other times fans hear messages in songs played backward the artist did not intentionally put there. For example, Paul admitted that one of the songs from Sgt. Pepper sounded like it included a vulgar lyric when played backward even though he wasn’t aware of this until after the album’s completion.
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Last summer, Beck was at loose ends in Los Angeles. “My whole year was canceled, with the shutdowns and everything,” says the singer. “My engineer’s wife was having a baby, so he wasn’t available. I really hadn’t been making much music. My studio had been dark for a year.”
Then came word that Paul McCartney had a new solo album in the works — and that he’d asked for Beck to remix one of its songs. “‘OK, McCartney’s calling, let’s get in there and figure out how everything works!’” Beck recalls thinking. “It gave me something to do.”
Similar top-secret communiques went out to a select group of artists last year in the run-up to McCartney III, the laid-back DIY delight that McCartney recorded during the peak quarantine months and released in December. The result, out this week, is McCartney III Imagined, a kaleidoscopic sampler plate of remixes and cover versions from a roster that also includes St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Anderson .Paak, Damon Albarn, Khruangbin, and more.
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When a music veteran like former Beatle Ringo Starr voices his opinion on which of the current music makers have caught his attention, well, he’s got our attention.
Here’s what the All-Starr Band leader had to say about the music superstar he says is doing things right, plus the songs he’s been keeping on his playlist.
During the current pandemic, although Starr had to cancel in 2020 two of his All-Starr Band’s tours, he’s kept busy making new music.
In March, the Photograph singer released an EP called Zoom In, featuring five tracks. Starr recruited Sam Hollander, who’s served as music producer for Katy Perry, to work his magic on the songs, from the reggae-infused “Waiting for the Tide to Turn,” to the playfully rocking “Teach Me to Tango.”
Starr told Variety last month that the track he enjoyed creating most “was ‘Waiting for the Tide to Turn,’ because it was reggae. So it was the atmosphere of: Let’s make a reggae record… and I played reggae drums. I don’t know how you do that! I just do what I think of as reggae drums.”
Paul McCartney never forgot a song he should have remembered.
In the early days, he and John Lennon would work on songs for a few hours and write down some lyrics on a “bit of paper” then forget what the song was by the next morning. But nothing was ever truly lost.
“Me and John were very excited to work with each other,” said McCartney, during a recent chat with Annie Clark (St. Vincent) on Instagram Live. “I could fill in anything he needed, he could fill in anything I needed, so I don’t really think we had too many forgettable songs.”
On the eve of the release of his McCartney III Reimagined, McCartney took to Instagram for two impromptu chats with St. Vincent and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, two artists handpicked to remix the original tracks off McCartney III, his 18th solo album, released in 2020, and ended up reminiscing on The Beatles, his deep connection to Lennon, and the power of a song.
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most acclaimed albums ever, however, it inspired a review that made the Fab Four bitter. Paul McCartney revealed the review was upsetting because of what it said about their producer, George Martin, and how that reflected on the rest of the band. Here’s what Paul had to say about Sgt. Pepper — and what Martin had to say on the same topic.During an interview with Paul Gambaccinni of Rolling Stone, Paul discussed many topics, including the album Ram, Steve McQueen, Marvin Gaye, and “Long Tail Sally.” Gambaccinni asked Paul how much Martin contributed to “Yesterday” and other songs by the Fab Four. Paul revealed “George’s contribution was quite a big one, actually…. George was in there quite heavily from the beginning.” Paul then started discussing a review of Sgt. Pepper that gave Martin a tremendous amount of credit for creating the album.
Paul and Linda McCartney had one of the most famous celebrity realities ever, so it only makes sense that they fell in love with a song the night they met each other. Paul found the song very mysterious and thought it was inspired by the work of another famous composer. Here’s what he and Linda said about the song.According to the book Paul McCartney: Many years from now, Paul heard Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for the first time the night he met Linda and was taken along with her songs. Paul said, “It was the first evening we had ever heard a record called ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ with words that felt the sea.” “The lyrics were all very weird and poetic and the subject was a famous Bach theme, but we didn’t know that. We just thought, ‘God, what an incredible record!’ It was like a marker record. It was a benchmark. “
Paul McCartney is one of a variety of music stars set to appear on Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, a new Apple TV+ docuseries that will premiere on July 30.
The six-part show will follow famed DJ and producer Ronson as he “uncovers the untold stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound.” To do that, he’ll interview artists including McCartney, Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, and Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond.
Each episode will end with Ronson debuting a new piece of original music, similar to the 2014 Foo Fighters docuseries Sonic Highways.
Other artists who’ll appear on Watch the Sound include Questlove, Charli XCX and King Princess.
McCartney previously collaborated with Ronson when he co-produced Sir Paul’s 2015 studio album, NEW.
“Dear Prudence” is the instantly recognizable melody found on The Beatles‘ recording known as “The White Album.”
As the story goes, John Lennon wrote the tune for Prudence Farrow, sister of Mia Farrow.
Here’s the story behind Lennon’s inspiration, as well as what Prudence herself has said of the famous tribute to her.
In February 1968, The Beatles traveled to India to meet with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi “to cleanse their minds, bodies, and souls, contemplating the meaning of life at the feet of the Maharishi,” as Ringo Starr biographer Michael Seth Starr (no relation to the Beatle) wrote in Ringo: With a Little Help.
It was George Harrison’s commitment to the Maharishi’s teachings that had inspired in the band a desire for spiritual enlightenment. Thanks to The Beatles, perspectives in the West were changing towards Indian spirituality.
“The Maharishi, who was now billing himself as ‘The Beatles’ Guru,’ would enlighten them in the ways of Transcendental Meditation at his International Center for Meditation, a 14-acre compound surrounded by lush jungle and located in the mountains across the River Ganges details
The John Lennon and Paul McCartney partnership produced some of The Beatles’ biggest and best songs throughout their career. The writing duo found fame with such hits as Let It Be, Help! and Hey Jude. Their writing styles blended together perfectly, but The Who guitarist Townshend previously revealed they were very different in social situations, treating people in vastly different ways.
Speaking in 1968, Townshend told Rolling Stone about hanging out with each member of the Fab Four individually.
He said: “I had an incredible conversation once with Paul McCartney. The difference between the way Lennon and McCartney behave with the people that are around them is incredible.”
The beginnings of Townshend’s theory could be spotted through various parts of the band members’ lives.
Lennon became an eccentric artist in the final years of the band as demonstrated in the works of art and music he created with his second wife, Yoko Ono.
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A half-eaten piece of a Beatle’s toast, touring their hotel room after their first Toronto show and the delicious taste of the bubble gum that came with the band’s collector cards
"Our parents laughed and figured they’d be gone in a year," says retired broadcaster Scott Turnbull about The Beatles.
Sudbury.com invited readers to share their memories of one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.
"The Beatles have had more influence than anything or anyone else. When you look back, you realize they changed everything. Our music. Our clothes. Our haircuts. Our attitudes. They weren’t just a band, they were a cultural phenomenon," says Turnbull, who grew up in Sudbury and worked at CKSO from 1976 to the early 1980s.
The band's beat turned him on to rock, a passion that led to a 43-year career in broadcasting.
Turnbull, who now lives in Sault Ste. Marie, wanted to be a drummer like Ringo Starr.
"Within a year or two, I knew I was never going to be much of a drummer. But I wanted to be part of the whole music thing, so I got into radio. It’s dragged me around a bit. It was lots of fun … met lots of great people."
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In the summer of 1969 the recording of The Beatles’ 11th album, Abbey Road, was almost finished. The band had written and recorded a number of their biggest hits, including Come Together, Something and Here Comes The Sun. Before they wrapped up their album and sent it off to the printers, however, inspiration struck John Lennon one more time.
In an interview with journalist David Sheff, Lennon explained how he was once listening to Ono play the piano.
His new wife, whom he married earlier that year, was tickling the ivories and playing famed composer Ludwig Van Beethoven when he had a brilliant idea.
Lennon recalled: “Yoko was playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. She was classically trained. I said: ‘Can you play those chords backwards?’ and wrote Because around them.”
Paul McCartney & Wing’s “Live and Let Die” is one of their most famous hits and one of the most ubiquitous songs from the James Bond franchise. However, Paul faced some backlash from Rolling Stone for performing the song. Here’s how Paul responded to the backlash in a Rolling Stone interview — and how audiences reacted to “Live and Let Die.”
The James Bond film Live and Let Die is notable for a few reasons. It’s the first 007 movie to star Roger Moore, the first 007 movie where Bond had a Black love interest (even if she’s not his main love interest in the movie), and it’s the only 007 movie to include a theme song from a former Beatle. According to Box Office Mojo, Live and Let Die earned over $35 million. Despite the film’s success, Paul’s decision to perform the theme song for Live and Let Die triggered backlash.
Beatlemania hit New Orleans just before 3 a.m. on Sept. 16, 1964, when the plane carrying the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — touched down at New Orleans International Airport in Kenner (now Armstrong International Airport).
The Fab Four arrived from Cleveland, one of 24 stops on their 32-day North American tour. Among their opening acts was New Orleans music great Clarence “Frogman” Henry.
Local hotels such as the Roosevelt and Monteleone opted not to host the band, fearing throngs of fans would descend on the hotel. Instead, a suite was reserved at the Congress Inn, a motel on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. It has since been demolished.
According to author Steven Y. Landry’s book “Beatles Day in New Orleans,” once the band arrived at the motel, Ringo Starr expressed interest in going to the French Quarter, but his handlers rejected that.
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The Beatles’ co-lead vocalist and bassist, Paul McCartney recently shared a story on his Instagram account and expressed his happiness considering the great success of the first single ‘Kiss of Venus‘ of his upcoming ‘McCartney III Imagine‘ album.
As you may recall, the world-renown rockstar who achieved worldwide fame as the bassist of The Beatles, released his 18th solo album ‘McCartney III‘ on December 18, 2020. The album was highly appreciated by both fans and critics who applauded Paul’s ability to always create original music.
Following that, on March 11, McCartney announced that he has been working on the remaking of his most recent album in collaboration with young musicians, such as Phoebe Bridgers, Blood Orange, Josh Homme, St. Vincent, Beck, Dominic Fike, and many more. The album which will be called ‘McCartney III Imagine‘ will include remixes and covers of the original songs in each artist’s ‘own signature styles.’
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As the nation mourns the loss of Prince Philip, British celebrities have been sharing their tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh on social media. Most recently two knights of the realm in Sir Tom Jones and The Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr have shared photos from over 50 years ago with The Queen’s late husband. Sir Tom Jones, who Her Majesty knighted in 2006, posted a picture of himself and Prince Philip laughing at the 1969 Royal Variety Performance.
Famously, Prince Philip had asked Sir Tom Jones after his performance that night: “What do you gargle with, pebbles?”
While the next day delivering another one of his famous gaffes, he added: “It’s difficult to see how it’s possible to become immensely valuable by singing what are the most hideous songs.”
And on another occasion talking about how difficult it is to get rich in Britain, the Duke said: “What about Tom Jones? He’s made a million and he’s a bloody awful singer.”
Nevertheless, Sir Tom obviously took it all in his stride writing on Instagram: “Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh: an incredible individual who always reminded us we are all human. Forever grateful, Sir Tom details
On 13 September 1969, John Lennon – the Beatle most quickly heading for the exit door – played the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival under the name Plastic Ono Band. For the first time he appeared on stage with his wife of six months, Yoko Ono. She and Lennon had been together since 1967, but within and without the Beatles’ industrial-cultural complex the Japanese artist remained, as dutifully inscribed rock lore has it, a divisive figure.
Yet performing that night in Canada, as she took her place alongside her husband, Ono was united as an artist with perhaps the greatest songwriter in the world. Was there, finally, a feeling of acceptance from Lennon’s fans?
“I don’t know about that. I still don’t feel that John’s fans are accepting me,” Ono, who is now 88, replied when I asked her that question 11 years ago. “I don’t know who’s really John’s fans, and who’s really John and Yoko fans. The Beatles fans, some of them really denounced John in a way. So I don’t know who’s who. So whenever I create something – make an album or something – I never think about who’s gonna listen to it. It’s a w details
Former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down in front of his New York City home in December of 1980.
Of the three remaining Beatles – Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr – only the band’s drummer, Starr, immediately went to visit Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
Ono, however, refused to see Starr’s fiancée Barbara Bach.
Shot several times outside his Dakota building home by a deranged fan in December of 1980, Lennon died almost immediately. The night of his shooting, an ABC producer was injured in a motorcycle accident and like Lennon, was rushed to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan (now called Mount Sinai West).
He may have been injured almost at the same time as the ambush on Lennon outside of his home at The Dakota building.
After his Happy Days tenure and even longer after his eight-year run on The Andy Griffith Show, actor Ron Howard began his directing career in earnest.
He directed Grand Theft Auto in 1977, after which he moved on to a few well-received television movies (including one starring the legendary Bette Davis). But in 1982, Howard showed he was more than capable of a big commercial hit with the comedic film set in a morgue, Night Shift.
Night Shift starred former Happy Days alum Henry Winkler and introduced rising actor Michael Keaton. The movie also gave a big break to an actor that got noticed in, of all places, a Ringo Starr film.
Julian Lennon was born on April 8, 1963. His father was one of the most famous men in the world but left his mother, Cynthia Lennon when he was just five years old. Paul McCartney wrote the song Dear Jude (originally Dear Jules) to comfort the heartbroken little boy. 12 years later, just when father and son were starting to build a new relationship. John Lennon was murdered outside his New York home. But Julian still remembers the last time they spoke and how "extremely happy" the Beatles star was in his personal and professional lives.
Growing up, Julian saw relatively little of his father. John built a new separate life with Yoko Ono Over and they eventually had a son together, Sean, in 1975.
Over the years, John had been a little unkind speaking about his first family and famously saying Sean had been planned whereas Julian was the result of drinking too much.
But John and Yoko had separated for 18 months in 1973 and the Beatles star's new girlfriend May Pang encouraged him to spend time with Julian. Even so, John was based in America, focusing on his own music and then he reunited with Yoko and started a new family.
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All of The Beatles were fans of Dylan, even before they met in 1964. But of all of them, it was George who became a close, lifelong friend. Any interview with George in his last decade almost always includes quotations from songs by “the man,” as George referred to him. He’d then recite a line or two of these sacred verses, like a believer reciting a Gospel passage.
After Dylan’s motorcycle accident in 1968, Bob moved with his family to Woodstock. It’s there he wrote a lot of new songs and recorded demos of them – which became The Basement Tapes – with the Band in their house Big Pink. It was one of the most peaceful and productive periods of his life, off the road, reflective, recovering his full artistic powers and writing a whole new kind of song.
This is when Dylan and George wrote “I’d Have You Anytime.” It was November 20, 1968, four years beyond their initial meeting.
The Beatles were a major force in popular culture, however, Ringo Starr still felt “weighed down” by the Fab Four many years after their breakup. He revealed why the experience of being a former Beatle could be “heavy.” Here’s a look at what he had to say — and whether being a Beatles weighed him down commercially.
In 1992, Ringo gave an interview to Rolling Stone’s David Wild. During the interview, Wild mentioned a song John Lennon wrote for Ringo called “I’m the Greatest.” He cited the song’s line “I was in the greatest show on earth” as an example of Ringo’s “ambivalence” about his time in The Beatles.
“Of course that was John Lennon’s line,” Ringo said. “But sure, there have been times when I felt weighed down by it I’m still weighed down by it I mean, I’m sitting here, and I’m all excited about the new product, and you’re still going to be asking me about those days. Everybody wants to talk about those days, and sometimes it gets heavy for me. Right now that waitress is not looking at me as Richard Starkey. It’s Mr. Starr to her. It’s the Beatle, not eve details
John Lennon’s 1970 album “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” was his first song-based album following the dissolution of the Beatles—he’d previously released three avant-garde albums with Yoko Ono —and 50 years on it remains his most highly regarded solo work. Freed from the commercial demands of recording with the most successful band in the world, Lennon drew inspiration from within: He and Ms. Ono had recently undergone a new kind of therapy introduced by psychologist Arthur Janov, based on his book “The Primal Scream.” The therapeutic process involved re-experiencing childhood trauma and Lennon had plenty to work through—he barely knew his father and was removed from his mother’s care at age 5; she died when he was still a teenager. Co-producer Phil Spector helped realize the heady mix of fear, anguish and catharsis found on songs like “Mother,” “Working Class Hero” and “God.” “Raw” is typically the first adjective deployed to describe “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” and it’s not just referring to the lyrical content: The LP’s dark and atmospheric presence gives it a special mood.
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Every day throughout 1964, a postman called Eric Clague would deliver another bulging sack of fan letters to 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, where Paul McCartney had been brought up, and where his father still lived.
That year, The Beatles were the four most famous young men in the world. In the first week of April, all top five singles in the American charts were by The Beatles.
Who was Eric Clague? Six years before, he had been a junior constable in the Liverpool police force.
On July 15, 1958, while off-duty, he had been driving a standard Vanguard sedan along Menlove Avenue when a 44-year-old woman stepped into his path. He braked, but too late: his car hit the woman, hurling her into the air.
An ambulance arrived, but there was nothing to be done. Julia Lennon was dead.
At that time, Eric Clague was a learner driver who was not supposed to be driving alone. His case was brought to court. Though an onlooker claimed Clague had been speeding, he denied it. The jury chose to believe him, and returned a verdict of misadventure.
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