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On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” for years considered by many to be the greatest rock ‘n’ roll album of all time.

The release date of ”Sgt. Pepper”–June 1, 1967–was a red letter day for the millions of Beatles fans around the globe. They had never waited so long for a new product from their heroes. It had been 10 months since their last release, ”Revolver.” (The group`s first seven British albums had been issued approximately six months apart and American record labels had been able to reproduce and distribute all of the early material within 2 1/2 years.)

So high were the fans` expectations and so euphoric was their mood on that day 20 years ago that, as Philip Norman wrote in his book ”Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation,” ”There are to this day thousands of Britons and Americans who can describe exactly where they were and exactly what they were doing at the moment they first listened to `Sgt. Pepper`s Lonely Hearts Club Band.` That music, as powerfully as Kennedy`s assassination or the first moon landing, summons up an exact time and place, an emotion undimmed by time or aging. details

Sean sparked fury among Harry's fans when he posted a joke about his book.

John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon has gone on an online rant against Prince Harry, calling him an 'idiot' who deserves to be mocked.

Sean, 48, sparked fury among the royal's fans when he posted a joke about his book Spare, writing: 'My long awaited review of Prince Harry’s autobiography is two words. "Spare Me."'

While the musician insisted he was just making a pun out of the book's title, he doubled down on his criticism of Harry as he was slammed on X, formerly known as Twitter.  As people pointed out that Sean and Harry have a lot in common, including the fact that both tragically lost famous parents at a young age, Sean recalled meeting princess Diana's younger son.

Sean replied: 'Actually I am aware [that we have things in common]. We met once. That was before I realized he was an idiot.'

Sean seemed to particularly be offended by Harry sharing in his book that he treated his frostbitten penis - which he called his 'todger' - with his late mother's favorite lip cream

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It wasn't exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company's new drink called "John Lemon".

She threatened legal action alleging that it infringed on the trademark of her late husband.

The company has now agreed to change its drink's name to "On Lemon", after lawyers acting for Ono wrote to distributors warning they faced costs of up to 5,000 euros ($5,998) a day and 500 euros for every bottle sold if they infringed the trademark.

Lawyers acting for the beverage firm denied it had infringed the late star's rights, but Ono's lawyers pointed to a Facebook post from John Lemon Ireland, which featured an image of the iconic singer.

Other marketing materials included the brand's logo next to the words "let it be" and a pair of round glasses, both closely associated with Lennon

John Lemon's lawyers also said that pointed out that their EU trademark had been registered in 2014, two years earlier than the John Lennon trademark was registered in 2016.

Karol Chamera, the founder of Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks which distributed the John Lemon beverage in the UK told the East London Advertiser newspaper: "all of us involved with this pr details

Paul McCartney apparently just had to let it be after he suffered a mortifying moment early on in his career.

On Wednesday’s episode of his podcast, “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics,” the former Beatles musician, 81, reflected on an incident during one of the band’s first shows together that made him want to say goodbye to playing live music.

“We had this gig and it was the first thing I ever played, and I was lead guitar player,” he explained. “John [Lennon] was rhythm. I had a solo and I totally froze. Could not move my fingers.”

“It was just so embarrassing,” he added. “My lead-guitar-playing career melted at that moment and I said, ‘Well, I’m not doing this again. I’m not cut out for this. I’m no good.’”

McCartney did not clarify when and where the ill-fated performance took place.

The English singer-songwriter later went on to become the iconic band’s bass guitarist. He’s since learned to play more than 40 instruments, including the harmonica, mandolin, cello and ukulele, according to IMDB.

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Paul McCartney said The Beatles rarely turned on each other three to one. He recalled the first time this happened to him.

Paul McCartney was the only one to push back against his Beatles bandmates when they wanted to appoint Allen Klein as their new manager. John Lennon was the biggest supporter of Klein, and George Harrison made it clear he backed him too. McCartney believed he could delay Klein’s appointment, but a vote by his bandmates put a stop to his hopes.
Paul McCartney felt betrayed by his Beatles bandmates

During a Friday night recording session, Klein visited The Beatles and told them he needed their contract with him signed immediately. He claimed he had a board meeting the following morning. McCartney pushed back, wanting to take the weekend to review the deal. When Lennon accused him of stalling, McCartney said he had a right to wait until Monday to sign.

“I said, ‘Well I’m not going to [sign it now]. I demand at least the weekend. I’ll look at it, and on Monday. This is supposed to be a recording session, after all,’” McCartney recalled in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. “I details

The Beatles with their Sgt Pepper album... and the Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane single that wasn't included on it!

The Beatles were masters of the standalone single - here are ten examples of incredible songs that weren't included on a Beatles studio album.

The Beatles - The Ballad Of John And Yoko: release date 30th May 1969

Written about the events leading up to Lennnon's marriage to Yoko Ono in March 1969, recorded in April and released just a few weeks later, this standalone single was released hot on the heels of its predecessor Get Back. In fact, John was so keen to get the song onto vinyl, he couldn't wait for George and Ringo to return to the UK so the song only features Lennon (vocals, acoustic guitar, lead guitar) and McCartney (bass, drums, piano and vocals). The Ballad Of John And Yoko made its first appearance on an album in the US on the Hey Jude compilation in February 1970, while British fans wouldn't hear the track at 33rpm until the legendary "Blue" album (The Beatles 1967-70) arrived in 1973 .

The Beatles - Hey Jude: release date 30th August 1968

This momentous Paul McCartney song (all 7 minutes and 11 seconds of it) was issued as the very first Beatles release details

A 12-string guitar played by Beatles stars John Lennon and George Harrison and thought to have been lost for almost 60 years has sold at auction for a whopping $2.9 million.

The acoustic Framus “Hootenanny” was used by the band in 1965, featuring in recordings, sessions and performances of songs including “Help!” “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” and “It’s Only Love,” according to California-based auction house Julien’s Auctions. It has set a new world record for the most expensive Beatles guitar ever sold — a title previously held by a 1962 Gibson J-160E, which Lennon used to record ”I Want to Hold Your Hand” and other early Beatles hits, which sold for $2.4 million at Julien’s in November 2015.

Lennon gave the acoustic guitar to a friend, who passed it on to someone “who took the guitar home, tossed it in the attic, and gave it nary a thought for decades,” the auction house said in a statement published in April.

The guitar, manufactured in Germany, has a spruce top, mahogany back and sides and a 19-fret rosewood fretboard, said the auction house, which worked with Beatles expert Andy Babiuk to confi details

The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney evolved during The Beatles’ amazing run. By the end of the band’s time together, the pair were mostly a collaboration in name only. But on “I’ve Got a Feeling,” they once again melded their talents for a fascinating hybrid of a song.

What is the song about? How was it assembled? And why was it an accurate representation of where the two songwriters were at that point in their lives? To get all the answers, we have to go back to a somewhat fraught time in The Beatles’ history: the making (and unraveling) of their Let It Be album/film project.

The original idea behind Let It Be (or Get Back, as it was originally known) was for The Beatles to rehearse and learn new songs for a concert that would allow them to debut the material. All the while, cameras would track their progress. But their best laid plans soon turned to mush, forcing them to improvise.

When George Harrison temporarily quit the band over a spat with Paul McCartney, the only way he could be coaxed back was if they moved out of the soundstage where they had been working and returning to the more natural environs of the recording studio. details

The Oscar-winning Scottish filmmaker and Mercury Studios recall the legendary singer-songwriter’s 1972 'One-to-One' benefit concert, his only full-stage performance after leaving The Beatles.  Life after The Beatles for legendary singer-songwriter John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono in New York City is the focus of Kevin MacDonald’s latest documentary, One to One: John & Yoko, from Mercury Studios.

The Scottish filmmaker, coming off his fashion doc High & Low: John Galliano, recalls Lennon in 1972 performing his final full-stage performance, the One to One benefit concert, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with Ono at his side.

Directed by Macdonald (Whitney, Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland), One to One features new materials like remixed concert audio produced by Sean Ono Lennon, newly restored footage and personal archives like phone calls and home movies recorded and filmed by Lennon and Ono. Besides earning an Oscar for One Day in September, MacDonald also executive produced the award-winning documentaries Senna and The Rescue.
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“I wanted to make a film that surprises and delights even the most dedicated Lennon and Ono fans by fo details

The Beatles penned hit after hit, all of which demonstrated their mastery of the songwriting form. But while they racked up classic songs for themselves beyond counting, they still found the time to write songs for other musicians.

Not everyone was aware that the song they were hearing on the radio had been written by John, Paul, George, or Ringo, especially if the song had been credited to a pseudonym. Here are some examples of songs that were recorded by other artists but dreamed up by the world’s favorite Liverpudlians.

I Wanna Be Your Man, The Rolling Stones. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, this song became one of The Rolling Stones' early hits. In fact, it was such a good tune that Lennon and McCartney borrowed it back so they could record their own version of it on their 1963 sophomore album, “With the Beatles.”

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