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On his first trip to England in 1968, James Taylor played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The younger half of the Beatles were impressed with the Chapel Hill-raised singer-songwriter, and they made Taylor the first act signed to the nascent Apple Records. Taylor began recording his debut album at Trident Studios, where the Beatles were also recording The Beatles at the time.

“We intersected in the studio a lot,” says Taylor in a new interview in the Guardian. “They were leaving as I was coming in. I often came in early and would sit in the control room and listen to them recording – and hear playbacks of what they had just cut.”

It’s hard to imagine what more a barely 20-year-old musician could want, but it wasn’t all good news for Taylor. He quickly picked up a drug habit in London, where heroin and other opiates were cheap and easy to find at the time.

“[Y]ou used to be able to buy something called Collis Browne’s Chlorodyne, which was an old-fashioned medication. Essentially, it was a tincture of opium, so you’d drink a couple of bottles and you could take the edge off,” he recalled. Eventually, he shared his stash with none oth details

In 1961, The Shirelles made history when “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” topped the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first time a black girl-group — any girl-group, some say — ever hit No. 1 on the leading U.S. pop chart.

When record-buyers took that single home, they found another gem on the B-side. That was “Boys,” a track Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell had written for the group of young ladies from New Jersey. Over in England, a Liverpool band called The Beatles started performing it live in their performances.

Though this early version of The Beatles featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, the vocal duties on “Boys” went to drummer Pete Best. Across town, playing for Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, drummer Ringo Starr also sang the song.

So when Ringo joined The Beatles in ’62, he kept running with the vocal whenever the band played “Boys.” And it never seemed to matter that the lyrics spoke of “boys — what a bundle of joy.”

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Ever since the Beatles broke up, fans wished they would reunite. That sort of happened in the years following John Lennon’s death. Here’s how an unfinished demo by John led to a musical reunion for the Beatles.

Ultimate Classic Rock reported that, in 1977, John recorded a demo song called “Free as a Bird” for the musical The Ballad of John and Yoko. He never finished it and he died in 1980. According to The Beatles Bible, George Harrison approached Yoko Ono to see if he and the other surviving Beatles could work on some of John’s demos together. In 1994, Yoko would give Paul McCartney tapes containing four unreleased John tracks: “Free as a Bird,” “Grow Old with Me,” “Real Love,” and “Now and Then.”

Paul was moved listening to them. He said “I’d never heard them before but she explained that they’re quite well known to Lennon fans as bootlegs. I said to Yoko, ‘Don’t impose too many conditions on us, it’s really difficult to do this, spiritually.’”

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The Most Influential Songs of The Beatles - Monday, February 17, 2020

The song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is so incredibly simple lyrically. But when The Beatles released this song and showed how they could take a song about two lovers holding hands and make it into something special, the world definitely listened.

The upbeat music and beats mixed with a fun and energetic chorus were extremely contagious, and had fans everywhere singing along. This was only emphasized by when they performed the song live on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
One of the most popular song written and sang by John Lennon was "Norwegian Wood" on the album Rubber Soul. This song had an almost folk-like sound to it all while telling a very intriguing story about John Lennon visiting a friend of his and staying the night.

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When The Beatles bought the possibility carry out on the 1967 Our World broadcast, they weren’t significantly excited. Despite the very fact it might attain a whole bunch of tens of millions internationally, John Lennon waited till simply earlier than the occasion to write down the tune they’d carry out.

But John got here up with a winner (“All You Need Is Love”), and to make issues extra fascinating he determined he’d sing it stay for the June ’67 broadcast. That gave the Beatles’ manufacturing crew nervous suits.

After John determined he’d sing stay, Paul McCartney mentioned he’d do the identical together with

his bass half. Once Paul was in, they turned to George Harrison to see if he’d play the guitar solo stay as properly. George agreed.

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If you wanted obscure lyrics, the 1967 work of John Lennon will do. Start with the “looking-glass ties” and “marmalade skies” on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” As John said of a different Beatles song from that year, “Stick a few images together, thread them together, and you call it poetry.”

He was speaking about “I Am the Walrus,” a track that took obscure lyrics to another level. Yet on tracks like “All You Need Is Love,” his message couldn’t be clearer. A few years later, John was singing in the most direct way possible on “Don’t Let Me Down” and “I Want You.”

On his first solo album (1970), he dispensed with images entirely, and fans got more of the same on 1971’s Imagine. (“The only thing you done was ‘Yesterday,'” he sang of Paul McCartney.) But Mind Games (1973) found John back to writing at least somewhat obscurely.

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In the autumn months of 1969, Paul McCartney died.

It had been a series of deaths, really. First up were the rumors, invented and spread by DJs and college students, that he had perished in a 1966, automobile accident and that the other Beatles were accomplices in the coverup. The Paul Is Dead hoax would be quelled after Life magazine dispatched a crew to Scotland to track down McCartney. The world breathed a sigh of relief after Life ran a November cover story under the banner headline "Paul Is Still with Us" and a glossy photo of the living, breathing Beatle with his young family.

But during that same period, he had also suffered a spiritual death of sorts with the Beatles' disbandment. For McCartney, the idea of no longer being in the group meant that his creative outlet had seemingly been extinguished. By his reasoning, the "overall feeling" during his downtrodden days in Scotland was that "it was good while I was in the Beatles, I was useful, and I could play bass for their songs, I could write songs for them to sing and for me to sing, and we could make records of them. But the minute I wasn't with the Beatles anymore, it became really very difficult."

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KARW was a radio station in Tyler-Longview, Texas. The station broadcasted at 1280 kHz AM for 46 years, ending in 1994. In 1966, the “Beatles Bonfire” was an event that was both retrospectively comical, or extremely disrespectful, depending on how religious or into the Beatles you claim to be.It all started in the fall of 1996. The culprit? John Lennon. It was all due to an offhanded comment in an interview with Maureen Cleave with the London Evening Standard. In the interview in early August, John Lennon stated that his band, The Beatles, was more popular than Jesus Christ. Which, depending on who you ask, the fab four just might have been. Women were screaming, swooning, and passing out at shows, Beatles albums were being printed and sold at lightning speeds, and rock and roll was being changed forever. The comment was printed in Datebook, an American teen magazine and that’s when all hell broke loose. Because the only thing that can rival Jesus’ fandom is a boyband. Most people read the article and just dismissed it as pop music babble.

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here were five months between the announcement and the release of Green Day’s new album, Father of All…, and even though it’s the band’s 13th studio LP, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits he still gets nervous with anticipation.

“I have a hard time sleeping and I try to distract myself as much as I can,” he told DK of ALT 105.3 in San Francisco.

There was nothing to worry about, of course, now that we know that the concise 10-song, 26-minute ‘60s pop-inspired album to be another win for Green Day.

But a social media question from a listener brought Billie Joe back to another moment when he had to catch his breath. A fan wanted to know the last person to make him starstruck. The year was 2015 and it involved the surviving Beatles.

“When we got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Ringo (Starr) was doing a sound check and we’re standing next to Paul McCartney’s bass amp and he was relearning how to play the bassline to ‘(With) a Little Help From My Friends,’” Armstrong recalled. “And I just sort of looked over at Mike (Dirnt) and I was like ‘I can’t even believe what is happening right n details

When Beatles manager Brian Epstein secured the Fab Four’s spot on the 1967 Our World broadcast, he considered it a major coup for his group. “I have the most fantastic news to report,” Epstein told the band before making his announcement. But none of The Beatles seemed to care.

At the time, the group was finishing up Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and couldn’t be bothered. Though Our World eventually reached hundreds of millions via satellite, it appeared to be just another appearance to four guys who’d made it their mission to stop touring a year earlier.

Nonetheless, John Lennon volunteered to write a song for the broadcast, which would feature the band performing live in Abbey Road studios. And, as they’d done when recording the orchestra part for “A Day in the Life,” The Beatles decided to make it a happening.

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