Imagine being in a band as close-knit as The Beatles were between 1962-68. Over that hectic period in the band’s life, the Fab Four went from constant recording and touring to worldwide fame of a kind few musicians ever knew. So they had to stick together whether they wanted to or not.
When John Lennon brought Yoko Ono into the picture, the dynamic changed completely. Looking back years later, the others understood that John was in love and was following his heart. But when Yoko arrived for the first time during the White Album sessions, she upset a delicate balance.
For starters, The Beatles had a rule that wives and girlfriends didn’t hang around during recording sessions. “Their ranks had always been so closed,” engineer Geoff Emerick wrote in Here, There and Everywhere. “It was unthinkable that an outsider could penetrate their inner circle so quickly and so thoroughly.”
Bob Dylan is one of the most acclaimed artists of the 1960s. The Beatles are among his peers. That doesn’t mean he’s always had kind words for the Fab Four.
“Yesterday” and “Michelle” are two of the Beatles’ most popular songs. To this day, they are regularly covered by other artists. Dylan, however, wasn’t a fan.
Bob Dylan in a still used as a promotional image for a film about his life called Eat the Document | BettmannBob Dylan said the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Michelle’ are for teeny-boppers
“Yesterday” and “Michelle” are fairly simple songs on a compositional level. They aren’t nearly as experimental as other Beatles songs like “Revolution 9” or “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Most Beatles fans would tell you the simplicity and directness of the songs is part of what gives them their emotional power.
Elvis Presley met The Beatles during their 1965 US tour. As Beatlemania kicked up a gear, the Fab Four took time out of their wild schedule to sit down with their idol, the great King of Rock ’n’ Roll at his home, Graceland. In an article titled Ze King and I, John Lennon revealed an incredible fact about Paul McCartney: that he had actually offered the Blue Suede Shoes hitmaker bass guitar tips during their meeting.
Lennon noted how many of the greats wanted to come and meet them when they toured the US in 1965.
He said, however, that they weren’t too bothered about seeing the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra because they didn’t think they “really like[d] us or our music”.
It was different with Presley, though, of whom Lennon was a lifelong fan.
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The Beatles became a worldwide phenomenon, sparking Beatlemania when they first started off as a band in Liverpool in 1960. As a result, it is likely Paul ‘Macca’ McCartney had offers from women all over the place. He has been married a few times, but did the rockstar have any children?
McCartney had a number of relationships, many of which were pretty high profile.
He has also been married three times, with his third marriage to Nancy Shevell lasting a long while.
McCartney has not had children with Shevell, and instead his five children have come from previous marriages.
Before his first marriage, McCartney had a well-known relationship with Dot Rhone, who is believed to have been his first serious girlfriend while he still lived in Liverpool.
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Every Wednesday night, Sarah Spohn hosts “Lansing Loud & Local,” her weekly Mid-Michigan music show on LCC Radio 89.7 FM WLNZ. Aside from that, she also keeps busy freelancing for publications across the state. However, recently, her radio show has moved from the airwaves to Instagram live streams at @lccradio, since COVID-19 shut down LCC’s studio.
“The radio show is a lot of hard work behind the scenes, but I love being able to provide an outlet for people to tell their stories through words, poetry, music,” she said. With that in mind, it’s not surprising what her cherished item amidst this pandemic shutdown. Here’s what Spohn, 28, had to say:
My favorite thing is an autographed copy of the George Harrison self-titled album from 1979.
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The Beatles formed nearer in time to the Spanish Flu (1918-20) than our current Covid-19 pandemic. This year is the 60th anniversary of the band’s formation but, weirdly in some ways, I’m listening to their music now more than ever.
As the arts continue to be affected by Covid-19 – festivals cancelled, shows postponed, releases pushed back – the one thing we have some control over is what we listen to, read or watch at home. Music, as we all know, can affect our mood in multivalent ways. We can find relief and solace in music, as humans have always done. We can’t travel very far but we can travel in mind via song. Our grief at this time will take different shapes and so our music will too.
Right now, on this strange ghost ship we find ourselves in, music can be a temporary raft of connection. When I’m missing my friends,
In his classic song “American Pie,” Don McLean sang about “the day the music died.” To many, the music died some 50 years ago, on April 10, 1970. On that day, Paul McCartney “vaguely” announced his “disassociation” with the Beatles.
In 1960, four Liverpudians -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best (Ringo would join the group in 1962)-- formed the legendary band that would take the world on a magical mystery tour (or, perhaps, a tragical history tour) throughout a turbulent decade plagued by a senseless, unwinnable war in Asia, political unrest, the “Cold War,” and a righteous struggle for equality and civil rights.
Without doubt, the Beatles had a mesmerizing influence throughout the ’60s with their creative use of harmonies and sound. However, by the end of the ’60s, the dream was over.
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Ever since John Lennon was a boy the number nine followed him throughout his entire life.
Some people have a lucky number. John Lennon has a number that follows him around, even beyond the grave. Throughout the ex-Beatles' life the number nine popped up constantly, sometimes coincidentally or purposely, and eventually became a Beatles legend. One thing's for sure, the legend is real and frankly kinda creepy.
"It’s just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I’m a number six or a three or something, but it’s all part of nine," John Lennon said in 1980, the year he would die.
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The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison, has launched the Inner Light Challenge to raise funds for charities providing aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge takes inspiration from George Harrison's song 'The Inner Light' and asks people around the world to share their own 'inner light' moment. In I, Me, Mine, George Harrison reveals the song's origins.
'Juan Mascaró sent me a copy of a book called Lamps of Fire and in his letter he says '... might it not be interesting to put into your music a few words of Tao'. And that's where the words to 'The Inner Light' came from; it's a translation from the 'Tao Te Ching'. The song was written especially for Juan Mascaró because he sent me the book and is a sweet old man. It was nice, the words said everything.' - George Harrison
Olivia Harrison has said: 'These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let's get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light.'
March 12th, 1969, is a monumental day in the history of The Beatles for two polar opposite reasons. Just as the London police service launched a suspiciously well-timed drugs raid conducted on George Harrison’s estate, his bandmate Paul McCartney was on the way to the church to marry his fiance, Linda, on the very same day.
The raid, which came shortly after John Lennon was also visited as part of a wide-scale attempt to indict as many high profile names as possible, was directed with the attempt to gain maximum media attention in an effort to spread an anti-drug message with the likes of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton also being targeted.
At the time of the drugs bust, Harrison was busy working at the Beatles’ Apple Corps headquarters. However, his wife at the time, Pattie Boyd, was home and remembered the visit vividly in her autobiography Wonderful Tonight: “Suddenly I heard a lot of cars on the gravel in the drive, far too many for it to be just George,” she wrote. “My first thought was that maybe Paul and Linda wanted to party after the wedding. Then the bell rang. I opened the door to find a policewoman and a dog standing outside. At that moment the back-doorbell rang and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is so scary!’ I’m surrounded by police.”
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