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Ringo Starr is an artist with an eclectic catalog. Over the years, he’s made rock songs, pop songs, children’s songs, Christmas songs, and disco songs. He once made a country album called Beaucoups of Blues.

The album, which was released early in Ringo’s solo career, was a change of pace from the material he made with the Beatles. John Lennon opened up about his feelings toward the album in an interview. In the process, John gave fans some insight into how he viewed his own work.
Country and western music are a part of Ringo’s musical DNA. Rolling Stone reports he joined an English country group called The Raving Texans during the late 1950s. In the same vein, the name “Ringo” was partially inspired by Johnny Ringo, a Western legend who was involved at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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After the ugliness of the early ’69 Let It Be sessions, The Beatles declared something of a truce to record Abbey Road later in the year. For his part, George Harrison got into the spirit with two of his best (and most upbeat) songs of his Beatles years.

“Something,” the first of these the group tackled, became George’s only Beatles single (only A-side, to be precise). In July ’69, work began on the second Harrison track to appear on the record, “Here Comes the Sun.”

“It seems as if winter in England goes on forever,” George said about writing the song at Eric Clapton’s house in May ’69. “By the time spring comes you really deserve it.” And you can hear the joy in his voice as he sang the lyrics.

Paul McCartney (bass, backing vocals) and Ringo (drums) did their best to make “Here Comes the Sun” work in the studio. (Both also contributed handclaps to the track.) But the song got recorded with only three Beatles. John Lennon didn’t participate at all.

 

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The Beatles’ “Let It Be” evokes a majestic quality, from its serene and straight forward melody to its crescendo and eventual crash of instruments. Written by Paul McCartney, the iconic band recorded the song for their 1970 album (of the same name), their very last studio record together. A piano base stretches up to the sky, and soon electric guitars wail in unison, giving the enduring classic a soothing, cathartic quality.

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me / Speaking words of wisdom, ‘Let it be,’” McCartney sings on the first verse. Contrary to some beliefs, he is not making a reference to Virgin Mother Mary from the Bible here; instead, it’s a nod to his mother, who was reportedly anti-religion and came to him one night in a dream, thus inspiring the song’s early roots.

“And in my hour of darkness, she is standing right in front of me / Speaking words of wisdom, ‘Let it be.’”

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To hear She Loves You bursting out of a radio in the last week of August 1963 was to recognise a shout of triumph. Everything the Beatles had promised through the first half of the year found its focus in their fourth single, an explosion of exuberance that forced the world, not just their teenage fans, to acknowledge their existence.

The double-jolt of Ringo Starr’s drums kicked off a record that, unusually, began with the song’s chorus: “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.” Straight away that Americanised triple “yeah” (Paul McCartney’s father, the first to hear the completed song, asked if they could change it to “yes, yes, yes”) offered a fanfare for a culture on the brink of irreversible change. It marked the moment when the Beatles moved from being just another pop sensation to a national obsession: misquoted by prime ministers, cursed by barbers, viewed by schoolteachers as the vanguard of a revolution that must be stopped. And before long, almost universally adored.

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Funny how time flies. June 2 marked the 53rd anniversary of the release of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was also just the 50th anniversary of Let it Be last month. Despite it being the last release it was actually Abbey Road that was their final album. Beatles historian Denny Somach came on my New Jersey 101.5 evening show to talk about it.

"The Beatles were supposed to make a record. They decided, 'let's film it and see what happens,'" Somach said when he called in. "The problem is they were actually watching each other and it was looking like they were getting ready to break up, it finally got done. It was originally called 'Get Back,' then 'Let it Be,' then they stopped everything, then said 'Lets go back into the studio and do an album like we used to,' and they did Abbey Road."

Somach, whose latest book, "A Walk Down Abbey Road," is filled with Beatles anecdotes, talked about the Isley Brothers reaction to the band who would take their "Twist And Shout" to another level.

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“Ebony and Ivory” is each one in all Paul McCartney’s most well-known songs and one in all Stevie Wonder’s. Its message of racial concord stays as related as ever. The music has acquired loads of criticism from Paul and Wonder’s followers over time for supposedly being kitschy, however these followers don’t decry its message.

However, the music was really banned in South Africa within the 1980s. The music itself wasn’t the explanation the South African authorities banned the monitor. The authorities was upset at Wonder for taking a noble stand.

“Ebony and Ivory” was included on Paul’s album Tug of War — an album which options three duets with different artists. Paul instructed NME the album was “cast like [a film], except using musicians instead of actors.” Wonder was actually extra well-known than most of the film stars of the day!

Paul has fond reminiscences of the monitor’s creation. “I wanted Stevie… I was just reaching. It was just, you know, if you could have anyone. We had a good time. We were all out on Montserrat, and we had a good time.”

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Imagine if you worked at a record label and passed on The Beatles in 1962. Instead of signing the band for next to nothing, you declined because you thought guitar groups were going out of style. Well, that actually happened in the pre-Fab Four days following an audition at Decca (with a guy named Mike Smith, no less).

The Beatles didn’t stay unsigned for long. By June, they’d landed an audition with Parlophone chief George Martin at EMI studios on Abbey Road. And by September ’62 they’d recorded their first single after dropping Pete Best and bringing aboard Ringo Starr.

While it had only been nine months between the failed Decca audition and the recordings for Parlophone, the songs John Lennon and Paul McCartney were writing had gotten much better. “Love Me Do,” the first Beatles single, did very well (No. 17) for a debut track.

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If The Beatles were competitive while in the same band together, that wasn’t going to go away once they went solo. Following the group’s April 1970 breakup, each new record by a solo Beatle would prompt comments and critiques from his former bandmates.

The first to go through the ringer was Paul McCartney, whose solo debut McCartney basically came attached to the band’s breakup. When John Lennon weighed in on Paul’s new album, he didn’t hold back. (He actually called it “rubbish.”)

But George Harrison had been the first to field questions about Paul’s new album. On his way through New York just a few weeks after McCartney hit record stores (May ’70), WABC’s Howard Smith asked for his take on the record.

Though he tried to look for the positives in Paul’s debut, George clearly wasn’t in love with the album. And the best he could do was describe it as “fair” while highlighting two tracks he liked.

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Express.co.uk readers are thoroughly discerning and have made their decision on which is the best Beatles album. Various magazines have ranked the Beatles albums in the past, and there is often a fight among the top three. However, the winner of our Express.co.uk poll is quite surprising, leaving one of these three completely out of the running.

According to Express.co.uk readers, Revolver is the best Beatles album.

The album received 18 percent of the votes, and truly split fans as they threw their weight behind different albums.

This is quite a surprise, given this album was not the favourite of any Beatles members, most famously John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon said one of his favourite albums was The White Album, and gave a pretty harsh reason as to why.

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It's been well over fifty years since Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first hit the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic.

It's been well over fifty years since Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band first hit the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic.

The frantic screaming of their fans at every concert and the lack of stage monitors made it nearly impossible for them to hear themselves as a musical unit, so they took a step back and rethought the direction in which they were musically heading towards. Ringo Starr often mentioned that were becoming a "bunch of loose musicians" while John Lennon remarked "send out four waxworks ... and that would satisfy the crowds. Beatles concerts have nothing to do with music anymore."

In addition, John's remark "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus" in a London newspaper in March 1966 invited a far-reached public outcry wherever they performed. Their 1966 Philippines tour ended in disaster when they unknowingly snubbed the First Lady Imelda Marcos. By August 1966, The Beatles unanimously felt that their touring days are over, and performed their last concert together at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on 29th August 1966.

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George Martin used to quibble over whether "The Ballad of John and Yoko" was even a Beatles song. What's certain, however, is this: Without it, the group might never have rebounded from the crushing disappointment of Let It Be to complete Abbey Road.

"It was hardly a Beatle track," Martin said in Anthology. "It was a kind of thin end of the wedge, as far as they were concerned. John [Lennon] had already mentally left the group anyway, and I think that was just the beginning of it all."

Something happened on April 14, 1969, however, as Lennon and Paul McCartney worked feverishly to complete this new track: The scars from their most recent sessions began to heal. Martin was back at the helm, after stepping aside for Phil Spector on Let It Be. Engineer Geoff Emerick also returned after having departed during sessions for 1968's White Album.

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On the late albums by The Beatles, you could tell who wrote which song by who was singing. If Paul McCartney had the lead vocal, there was a 100% chance he wrote the track. (On The White Album, Paul might be playing drums and guitar, too.)

The same applied to songs by John Lennon and George Harrison. Even Ringo Starr sang the one tune he wrote on Abbey Road, the Fab Four’s last recorded album. But in the early days, when John and Paul wrote so many songs “eyeball to eyeball,” it was much trickier.

When then band recorded its first two albums, John and Paul were writing songs that might feature any of the four Beatles singing the lead. And Paul might step in to sing a section even when John wrote the entire track himself.

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As a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, Paul McCartney is a world-class musician. To reach great artistic heights, he was inevitably inspired by other artists. Some fans might be surprised to know that he was inspired by Taylor Swift.

Paul’s latest album is called Egypt station. He presents a song called “Who Cares” which is inspired by Swift’s public life. Plus, Swift has a lot to say about Paul.
How Taylor Swift inspired “Who Cares”

Many of Paul’s most famous post-Beatles songs, from “Silly Love Songs” to “Wonderful Christmastime”, are very dynamic and upbeat. “Who Cares” is no exception. However, it has more of a rock side than most Paul hits from the 80s.

“Who Cares” is not like a Swift song. Despite this, he was directly influenced by Swift and his young fans. Paul told the BBC, “I was actually thinking of Taylor Swift and her relationship with her young fans and how it is sort of a fraternal thing. And I imagined talking to one of these young fans and saying, “Have you ever been bullied? Are you being bullied? »»

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After a career that’s spanned 50 years, Jimmy Buffett has a good idea what his albums should sound like. But after a seven-year gap before his new LP, Life on the Flip Side, which came out today, he had the benefit of receiving advice from Paul McCartney on how to bring the best out of its 14 songs.

Buffett, like many other artists, planned the release to coincide with a tour, but the coronavirus pandemic has shut down those plans, meaning he’s at home during the summer for the first time in 44 years.

“You hear all about people running out of material later in life because a lot of them don't make it this far with a career,” he told Billboard in a new interview. “I’ve heard a lot about writer's block, but I've never had that problem, 'cause I figure as a traveling man and as a nomad, you run into so many more stories than you can possibly imagine, and the source is always there and it always has been for me.”

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Elvis Presley and The Beatles are the most successful music acts of all time. And while the Fab Four sold more records that The King, they’ve admitted over the years how much they were influenced by Elvis growing up as kids in the fifties. Sir Paul McCartney only made his first visit to Graceland in 2013, where he honoured The King in the most touching way.

Graceland’s official Instagram account have reposted The Beatles legend’s picture from his visit.

Captioned “Paying Respects #OutThere at #Graceland”, the photo sees Sir Paul leaning over Elvis’ grave in the Meditation Garden.

Graceland wrote of the event: “May 26, 2013: Sir Paul McCartney made his first visit to #Graceland during the Memphis stop of his Out There tour.

“The #Beatles legend placed a personal guitar pick on Elvis' grave and said it was ‘so Elvis can play in heaven.’”

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Dehradun is a quaint little town in the lap of Himalayas. The place that is known for its beautiful mountains, its serene views and great boarding schools, has also been visited by the world-renowned band, The Beatles and they fell in love with it.

How do we know that? George Harrison, a member of The Beatles, wrote a song Dehradun, which never officially released. But the song is available in Harrison's voice on YouTube. Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh recently discovered the song and tweeted the video. He is also in love Dehradun and has studied in one of those renowned boarding schools.

An alumnus of The Doon School, the writer of The Hungry Tide shared the George Harrison song with the caption, "Just discovered that George Harrison wrote a song about the town where I went to school - Dehra Dun. (sic)"

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If “1970 in Beatles history” conjures mental images of a miserable-looking John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr sitting around playing The Long and Winding Road in a dark, depressing studio, you’re missing out, my friends.

First of all, all those long faces seen in the band’s 1970 film, Let It Be, were filmed in early 1969. During the bulk of ’70, all four Beatles were diving head first into their brand-new solo careers, and it was an exciting, fun time for all involved - fans included. That energy comes through in the dynamic guitar work of all three Beatles guitarists on their debut solo albums - and let’s not forget that Ringo was hangin’ with some serious pickers himself.

Here are nine studio albums that explain exactly what John, Paul, George and Ringo (and his guitarists) were up to in that crazy year we call 1970. The albums are organized by release date. Enjoy!

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During their run together in the The Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney didn’t just write songs they sang themselves. Along the way, the famed songwriting team passed off songs to Peter and Gordon, The Rolling Stones, and, of course, fellow Beatle Ringo Starr.

While most music fans know “With a Little Help My Friends” is a Lennon-McCartney song featuring Ringo on vocals, it’s easy to overlook songs bearing the same songwriting credit that went to George Harrison in the Fab Four’s early years.

That’s because George became famous for writing his own material, including classics such as “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” But George’s run as a songwriter didn’t start until August ’63.

By then, The Beatles’ busy schedule was already kicking into gear. As of 1964, they had to record multiple albums per year. So for A Hard Day’s Night John and Paul wrote one to keep a spot on the record for George.

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THE chauffeur who drove Beatle John Lennon round in his well-known psychedelic Rolls-Royce has died aged 86.

Former Welsh Guards soldier Les Anthony had been affected by Alzheimer’s, mentioned his household.

He had been employed by the star to be on everlasting name in his psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom through the 60sCredit score: Rex Options

He was paid £36 per week within the 1960s (price about £600 now) to be on everlasting name in John’s hippy Phantom V.

His job led to 1971 when Lennon moved to New York with Yoko Ono.

Son Melvin, 63, mentioned: “My father had some humorous instances. He advised me that John Lennon used to reply the door bare.

“However my father didn’t care, on the finish of the day you’re employed by them.

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 Born Richard Starkey, he changed his name to Ringo Starr while drumming for Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, before the Beatles.

"Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. Ringo was a professional drummer who sang and performed and was in one of the top groups in Britain, but especially in Liverpool. So Ringo's talent would have come out one way or the other ... whatever that spark is in Ringo, we all know it but can't put our finger on it. Whether it's acting, drumming, or singing, I don't know. There's something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced as an individual ... Ringo is a damn good drummer."

These were the words of Ringo's former band mate John Lennon in an interview just before he was killed.

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Together John Lennon and Paul McCartney had one of the most iconic and influential songwriting partnerships in the history of music. But of all Paul’s songs written for The Beatles, do you know which was John’s favourite? Well back in 1972, the late member of the Fab Four revealed it was none other than Hey Jude.

Spotted by Far Out Magazine, Lennon told Hit Parader: “That’s his best song.

“It started off as a song about my son Julian because Paul was going to see him.

“Then he turned it into ‘Hey Jude’.

“I always thought it was about me and Yoko but he said it was about him and his.”

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Two-minute songs tend to be the domain of hardcore punk bands or appear in the form of skits on hip hop albums. To put it another way, they’re not usually associated with paragons of the rock and roll idiom. However, throughout their immensely productive career The Beatles were frequently able to achieve greatness in under 120 seconds.

The band’s knack for writing compelling songs that come and go before you can make a cup of Maggi noodles has been highly influential. Take a band like Guided By Voices for example, whose entire existence is devoted to summoning compositional magic within the walls of two minutes.

Even Radiohead have been inspired by The Beatles‘ ability to get more done in a shorter time span. Guitarist Ed O’Brien noted the Fab Four’s influence on Hail to the Thief, telling Rolling Stone, “We wanted to relearn the art of putting out shorter songs … Keeping it succinct instead of taking the listener on a journey.”

Here are our favourite Beatles songs that occur within two minutes.

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Question: The Rickenbacker 425 guitar of George Harrison, of the iconic 1960’s rock band, The Beatles, has sold at auction for $657,000. Do you know where George originally bought it and for how much? For extra credit, can you name the specific store.

Answer: In the summer of 1963, before the Beatles were "discovered" while visiting his sister, Louise Harrison Caldwell, in downstate Benton, George Harrison visited Fenton Music Store in Mount Vernon, half an hour north of Benton. That's where he also bought the guitar, for $400, that a month later would be used by George to record The Beatles’ first big hit, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” A story detailing this and more appears in the May 2020 edition of Smithsonian Magazine.

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John Lennon and Bob Dylan were contemporaries. It’s impossible to truly understand the evolution of John’s career without understanding Dylan’s influence on it. However, that doesn’t mean John liked everything Dylan did.

In a famous 1971 interview, John discussed a huge range of topics, including several recent albums from 1960s rock gods. In the interview, he discussed Dylan’s most recent album. John was not a fan.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Dylan released the album Self-Portrait in 1970. It was an experiment – to say the least. First of all, it had a painting on its cover which looked downright amateurish. The tracklisting was mostly covers of other people’s songs, as well as a few remakes of Dylan tracks.

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Each week, I'll present a new album for your consideration—a means for passing these uncertain times in musical bliss. For some readers, hearing about the latest selection might offer a chance reacquaintance with an old friend. For others, the series might provide an unexpected avenue for making a new one.

For years, the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" reigned supreme, routinely topping "Best of" lists as the finest album ever recorded. In the decades since the release of the Beatles' masterworks on compact disc in 1987, when the group's American LPs were deleted in favor of their canonical UK counterparts, the "Revolver" album has slowly but surely gained momentum — and particularly among Stateside listeners, who had no idea what they'd been missing.

By the advent of the band's "Rubber Soul" album in 1965, the Beatles had begun self-consciously challenging themselves to create new sounds with each new LP. The extreme musical shifts from "Rubber Soul" to "Revolver" are a terrific case in point. In later years, George Harrison would come to describe the records as parts one and two of the same album. In this instance, the Quiet Beatle couldn't have been more wrong. The folkish, melodic sou details

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