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The Supremes and The Beatles are two of the most iconic groups to come out of the 1960s. Each group topped the charts and toured the world. This raises an interesting question – did The Supremes and The Beatles ever meet? And if they did, what happened?
Firstly, a little background. AllMusic describes the rise of The Supremes from their start as a quartet in Detroit’s housing projects to a later trio under Berry Gordon’s Motown label. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard began to turn out No.1 hit after hit beginning with “Where Did Our Love Go” in 1964.
Likewise, The Beatles rose from humble beginnings in Liverpool, England. Biography.com details John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison meeting and playing together as part of The Quarreyman. Pete Best joined the group as drummer until he was fired by Brian Epstein who had become The Beatles manager. Ringo Starr was then hired and the band was in place. They began a successful run in the UK that eventually led them to The Ed Sullivan Show – the rest is history.
John Lennon might have been one of The Beatles, however, he stopped believing in The Beatles. At least that’s what he said in one of his post-Beatles songs. During an interview, John revealed exactly what he meant when he sang that lyric.
Firstly, a little background. The book Lennon Remembers is a lengthy interview with John. During the interview, John spoke to Rolling Stone’s Jann S. Wenner about everything from Orson Welles to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to George Harrison’s solo career.
Wenner asked John about “God,” one of the most famous tracks from John’s then most-recent album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. “God” is a track where John lists a number of things he doesn’t believe in, from God to Elvis Presley to Buddha. At the end of “God,” John reveals he only believes in himself and Yoko Ono. Wenner wanted John to tell him about the line “I don’t believe in Beatles.”
The new exhibit at the Arts Place at 107 West Washington Street in Hartford City encourages guests to “Imagine.” The exhibit entitled “Only Imagine” will be on display at the Arts Place until February 18, and features the artwork of local artist Charles Knox, as well as six pieces of art by famed Beatle John Lennon. The Lennon pieces are on loan from local resident David Hodges.
Charles Knox grew up in Hartford City and now lives in Muncie. He uses pen and pencil to create his works of art many of which feature butterflies and moths. Knox’s artworks are for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Arts Place.
John Lennon is probably the most controversial of the “Fab Four.” People were shocked when he once jokingly quipped of the band’s popularity, that “The Beatles were bigger than Jesus.” Lennon was strongly opposed to the war in Vietnam. He and his wife Yoko Ono held a famous “Bed-in for Peace” which is depicted in one of the sketches on display. Shortly after this demonstration, he released the single “Give Peace A Chance,” which became an Anti-War anthem. Best known as a musician, and songwriter, Lennon was also an artist and writer who began writing and drawing at an early age. In December of 1980, Lennon autographed a copy of his “Double Fantasy” album for fan Mark David Chapman. Later that evening, Chapman would murder Lennon as he returned home from a recording session, shooting him at close range.
Source: Scott Shaffer, News-Times Feature Writer/hartfordcitynewstimes.com
Many people cry when someone close to them dies. However, The Beatles took the unorthodox approach of smiling when their manager, Brian Epstein, died at a young age. During an interview, John Lennon revealed that the Fab Four responded in this way for a very specific reason. He also revealed how Epstein’s death changed the history of the Fab Four forever.
The Beatles’ career was massively successful, it was also filled with tragedies. John died very young. Ringo Starr struggled with depression. George Harrison was attacked in his own home. One of the early tragedies in the career of the Fab Four was the death of their manager, Brian Epstein.
According to AllMusic, Epstein was one of the most well-known managers in the history of pop music. He was involved with many aspects of The Beatles’ career in the mid-1960s, from booking tour dates to launching their careers as movie stars. However, The Beatles didn’t require his talents so much after they stopped touring in 1966. Epstein became lonely and started abusing alcohol and drugs. He died of a drug overdose in 1967 at age 33, three months following the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
JOHN LENNON created legendary album Imagine in 1971, but fans may not know it was produced by convicted murderer Phil Spector, who died this week. It has been revealed Lennon battled with Spector to prevent him from being treated badly during the album's recording, despite the pair being "good friends".
A year after John Lennon’s second solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, the star began working on Imagine, the legendary 1971 album which featured such hits as Imagine, and How Do You Sleep? Years later, in Lennon’s book about the album’s production - Imagine John Yoko - Lennon spoke out on why he brought famed music producer Phil Spector into the album’s production in the first place. Spector, who recently died whilst in prison for murder, was infamous for being ruthlessly cruel to his pop acts - but Lennon explained how he “didn’t allow” Spector to treat him that way.
Speaking in his book, Lennon candidly wrote about the arrival of Spector into the album’s creation.
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Ringo Starr revealed the incredible last thing George Harrison said to him on his deathbed in a 2011 documentary. Picture: Grove Street/Spitfire Pictures
Ringo Starr recalled the last ever words his great friend and fellow-Beatle George Harrison said to him in his final days at his home in Switzerland, before his death on November 30, 2001.
Ringo Starr revealed the last thing Beatles' star George Harrison said to him on his deathbed, and it's incredibly moving.
In footage taken from the Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Ringo Starr reveals what was said on his last visit to the Beatle star's home in Switzerland.