In 1965, Queen Elizabeth awarded The Beatles MBEs, and John Lennon found the whole situation baffling. By appointing each member of the band a Member of the British Empire (MBE), the queen honored the band’s contributions to British society. It caused some controversy, though, and even the members of the band weren’t sure why they were receiving the honor. Lennon explained that he found the whole thing “daft” and said he hadn’t been a fan of the ceremony.In 1965, the queen awarded the band MBEs, which rewarded their contributions to society. This decision sparked controversy; some believed that giving The Beatles the distinction cheapened it for other recipients. The band was just as surprised as everyone else.
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Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister and eldest sibling, died on January 29th at age 91, according to The Daily Mail. Louise, who spent her final days in assisted living, was known to a generation of Beatles fans for her participation in countless fan convention across the U.S. and England, and even managed her own Beatles tribute band — the Liverpool Legends. Her younger brother, 89-year-old Harry — who like their late-brother Peter — worked for George until his retirement, remains the sole-surviving member of the original Liverpool Harrison clan.
Louise and her husband, Scottish mining engineer Gordon Caldwell, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1950's, eventually settling in Illinois. In 1963 as “Beatlemania” was blossoming across Britain, a still-unknown George and Peter Harrison visited their sister — marking George the first Beatles to visit the States — including Manhattan — months before his bandmates. Louise played an early role trying to get the Beatles played on U.S. radio.
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When Beatles fans in America think of “Beatlemania” and the 1964 British Invasion, most think of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as the signature song of that moment. They have good reason to do so: That track represented the band’s first No. 1 hit on this side of the Atlantic.
However, the Fab Four had notched several No. 1 hits in the UK by February of ’64. “Please Please Me,” the band’s first huge success on the charts, went all the way to No. 2 in early ’63. That April, “From Me to You” became the first chart-topping single on the Beatles’ resume.
In July , The Beatles were the dominant force in British pop and went to EMI studios on Abbey Road to record their next single. Prior to the actual recording session, the band took some publicity photos outside.
After they’d gone in to work on the recording, they experienced the type of scene later found in A Hard Day’s Night. In fact, that day, just as they were about to record “She Loves You,” screaming fans broke into the building, with one girl actually making it into their studio.
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Ringo Starr is one of history’s best-known drummers, performing original songs like “Octopus’s Garden.” In one press conference, a teenager said he started playing the instrument because of this Beatles member. Of course, Starr had a hilarious response to the comment.
Ringo Starr was the last addition to the “Fab Four,” appearing alongside George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon. He performed songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Love Me Do,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
He was even the focus of the music comedy film, Help. The drummer appeared in the Beatles until they officially disbanded in 1970. Even afterward, Ringo Starr continued to play drums for other groups and as a solo artist.
“I’ll say it again: I love being in a band,” Starr said during an NPR interview. “I love playing with other human beings. I’ve never practiced drums unless there was another human being in the room. If you could play, I’d play with you all night. But if I’m just playing by myself, it gets boring pretty quick.”
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David Crosby wasn’t fully onboard with one of George Harrison’s most important relationships. David Crosby said he was close friends with George Harrison. Afterward, David Crosby wrote a song about George Harrison.
David Crosby didn’t get along with many people, but he found a friend in George Harrison. Though Crosby didn’t agree with everything Harrison did — he even wrote a song about this — he valued his relationship with him. Crosby said that of all of The Beatles, Harrison was his favorite.
Crosby and Harrison got along, and the former Byrds artist was slightly concerned about a significant relationship in his life. When Harrison met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and had his spiritual awakening, Crosby was happy for him, but, not being religious himself, he wasn’t wholeheartedly accepting of the relationship.
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