While fans of The Beatles might have been distraught when the group broke up in 1970, they could follow each member of the Fab Four in his solo career.
In a sense, that gave them four albums for the price of one. Even if every one didn’t turn out like Revolver, you couldn’t argue with the output.
Soon enough, ex-Beatles were topping the charts with singles and albums as solo artists. Fans only had to wait until later in that first year, when George Harrison released his triple album, All Things Must Pass. Within those six sides was “My Sweet Lord,” the first track by an ex-Beatle to hit No. 1.
In the coming decades, Harrison would find himself on top of the charts with two more singles and as many albums. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon (the last) followed their old bandmate to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the coming years as well.
During a recent interview with Russia’s Sputnik News, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono and The Beatles.
Interviewer asked ‘Are there any misconceptions in the media about John’, Julia responded:
“There are lots. He had a very tough, chippy, chirpy exterior but he was actually as soft as jelly underneath, and not many people really bothered, they were enjoying the chippy chirpy interviews and they were able to criticise him, and they didn’t really look much beyond.
To be fair, John wouldn’t have let them much beyond either, but there was a completely different John from the one that you saw.”
“In your opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko Ono?”
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Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Wedding Album will be reissued this spring. Originally released in 1969, it was the couple’s third collaborative LP. Announced on Monday, which marks Ono’s 86th birthday, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be released via Secretly Canadian in partnership with Chimera Music on March 22nd, two days after Ono and Lennon’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Crafted by graphic designer John Kosh, the original packaging housed a box that commemorated the couple’s nuptials – they were married on March 20th, 1969 in Gibraltar. Photographs, a copy of their marriage certificate, drawings culled by Ono and Lennon, and a picture of a slice of wedding cake were among the souvenirs that came with the album. The labels are offering a “faithful recreation” of the Wedding Album, which will be available on limited edition white-vinyl LP, CD and digitally.
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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the cultural center located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y., announced today (February 19), the first acts that will perform at their edition of the festival’s 50th anniversary.
Ringo Starr will perform, as will several of the artists that played the legendary festival there in ’69, including Santana, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter, at what’s being called Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival. The Doobie Brothers, who are touring with Santana this summer, will also be appearing.
The four-day event will celebrate the golden anniversary of the original, historic event, generally considered the most famous music festival of all time. However, it is scaled back from the original plans first announced in December.
Coming August 16-18, 2019, nearly 50 years to the day after the original, this “pan-generational music, culture, and community event,” as it was called in a December press release, will be held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is approximately 90 minutes from New York City.
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Fans of The Beatles know there’s much more to the group than John Lennon and Paul McCartney. In any other band, two songwriters of that caliber would be more than enough. With The Beatles, you have a third heavyweight to contend with.
That would be George Harrison, whose songwriting skills had begun to peak late in the Fab Four’s time together. After delivering gems like “Taxman” (1966) and “Within You Without You” (1967), Harrison came out with the immortal “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (1968) and “Here Comes the Sun” (1969).
However, it took until the last studio album (Abbey Road) for George to get his name on the business side of a single (well, sort of). That honor came with “Something,” a track that shared prime billing with Lennon’s “Come Together” late in ’69.
After the group broke up the following year, it stood as George’s only Beatles track to peak on the Billboard charts.
According to Billboard, the success of Ariana Grande's latest album earns her a number of major industry accolades. The most notable? By claiming the top three slots of this week's Billboard Hot 100, Grande has achieved a triumph last held by The Beatles in 1964.
"7 Rings" comes in at No. 1 for a fourth consecutive week as "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" and "Thank U, Next" round out the trio.
When The Beatles achieved the same victory, their top three hits included the still-iconic "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," and "Do You Want to Know A Secret." So yes, this is freaking major.
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