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John Lennon has a blissful autumn day in Central Park in the video for “Mind Games,” off his upcoming box set Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes.

The video — now upgraded to HD — was shot in November 1974, a year after he released the album by the same name. Wearing a slick black coat and a floppy hat to match, he strolls through Strawberry Fields and signs autographs for fans. He glances at ice cream and pretzels at a food cart before he feeds elephants at the Central Park Zoo and dances at the Naumburg Bandshell to an empty audience. Later, he visits Tiffany & Co., pays a visit to the marquee of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road and rides away in a horse-drawn carriage.

“[Mind Games] was a fun track because the voice is in stereo and the seeming orchestra on it is just me playing three notes with slide guitar,” the late Beatle said in an interview. “And the middle eight is reggae. Trying again to explain to American musicians what reggae was in 1973 was pretty hard, but it’s basically a reggae middle eight if you listen to it.”

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Who Wrote the Most Beatles Songs? - Friday, September 18, 2020

John Lennon was the dominant early creative force in the Beatles. But Paul McCartney quickly began to catch up as their career together unfolded. George Harrison made a late push into songwriting as well.

So, who wrote the most Beatles songs?

As you'll see, there are individual albums where Lennon and McCartney take center stage. Lennon, for instance, wrote or co-wrote an astonishing 10 songs for 1964's A Hard Days Night. On the other hand, McCartney is credited for the vast majority of 1967's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

On several occasions, things were in complete equilibrium: 1965's Help! and Rubber Soul, and 1966's Revolver. They basically split the songwriting difference on 1968's The Beatles, too. But there was clearly a sense of competition about things: Lennon would write "Day Tripper" and McCartney delivered "We Can Work It Out"; Lennon brought in "Strawberry Fields Forever," and McCartney countered with "Penny Lane."

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The Beatles had extremely dedicated and excitable fans back in the 60s. At each gig a large group of teenage girl fans fought their way into the press conferences held just before the band went on stage, in an effort to catch a glimpse of the fab four.

September 18, 1964 was no different, as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr all arrived at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium.

A group of young women attended the press-only press conference to try and talk to the band.

But the real story begins just after this, as the band were heading to the auditorium's stage.

The stage itself was three times larger than the normal height for standard concerts for The Beatles, giving them quite a view over the 10,000 fans that had come to see them.

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John Lennon has sometimes been blamed for the break-up of The Beatles, given he brought Yoko Ono on the scene. Her involvement in the band caused obvious tensions, and many blamed her and her relationship with John for the band’s demise. However, different members of the band left at different times and returned, showing it can’t all be John’s fault.
Why did John Lennon leave The Beatles?

On September 20, 1969, the members of The Beatles met up for a meeting, though George Harrison was not present.

During this meeting, John announced he was leaving The Beatles, much to the dismay of Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney.

However, according to John, things went sour soon after as ‘PR man’ Sir Paul announced his departure first, despite John reportedly promising to keep his exit quiet to help with promotion of The Beatles.

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The Britbox streaming network has acquired the North American rights to air Lennon’s Last Weekend, a new documentary focusing on the final interview John Lennon gave before his December 1980 murder, Deadline reports.

The hourlong special profiles a conversation that the late Beatles legend had with BBC radio DJ Andy Peebles on December 7, 1980, one day before Lennon was shot to death outside of his New York City apartment building. The film will premiere this December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s passing.

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Dave Meister certainly could claim to be speaking words of wisdom as his plans for a British-themed pub and eatery called Let It Be unfold in the months ahead.

After all, the music lover with an artistic touch is no stranger to the influence of the Beatles, having already once recreated a replica of the Liverpool, England, underground music venue where the group drew crowds in its early years.

That version of the Cavern Club, which was brought to life in Meister's Hartland office building and private jazz studio in 2018, attracted some high-profile interest from its onset.

This time, it's different. Meister wants to generate a true live-music venue in downtown Waukesha that would do the British Invasion proud, to the delight of fans of all ages locally. It won't be bigger than the Beatles, but as Let It Be takes shape, piece by piece, before it opens in the summer of 2021, he admits to having high enough hopes to become, at minimum, a downtown centerpiece.

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The Beatles aren’t exactly a well-kept secret. You could ask anyone, and even if they don’t claim to be a huge fan of the band, they’ll certainly know who The Beatles are and will likely have a song or two they enjoy.

The Beatles have been labelled as the most influential band of all time, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees with that.

However, a more debatable topic would be that of their discography.

People always seem to have differing opinions on the best and the worst.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Todd Pfannestiel, among many others, rates The Magical Mystery Tour as his least favorite Beatles album relative to all the others. However, this is not to say he doesn’t still enjoy it though.

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Fifty-six years ago, the Beatles tried to sneak into town. Their private jet landed in the dead of night in a bid to escape the crowds. It didn’t work. They were met by a mob of shrieking teens who chased after rock’s mop-haired darlings as they left Friendship Airport (now BWI Marshall) in a limousine, flanked by 22 police cars. A caravan of fans followed them downtown at speeds of up to 80 mph while leaning out their windows shouting those iconic lyrics from “She Loves You” (Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!).

On Sept. 13, 1964, as part of their first official North American tour, the Beatles played Baltimore. The city had seen nothing like it. The English rockers packed the Civic Center for two Sunday shows, drawing 13,000 convulsive fans for each performance. (That same afternoon the Orioles, who led the American League pennant race, drew 3,035 for a game at Memorial Stadium.)

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The first official Beatles book since seminal Anthology in 2000 is to be published in August 2021.

The Beatles: Get Back will tell the story of the final Beatles album, Let It Be, drawn from over 120 hours of transcribed conversations from the band’s studio sessions. It will accompany Peter Jackson’s feature documentary of the same name, also set for release that month.

The book documents January 1969, with friction building in the band as they recorded music for an intended TV special – George Harrison walked out of the sessions at one point and John Lennon described them as “hell”. The music they made, though, would be among the most poignant in their catalogue, and the sessions built towards the group’s final live performance, on top of the Apple Corps building in London on 30 January 1969.

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The Beatles legend George Harrison became an honorary member of Monty Python after the Beatles split, according to Terry Gilliam.

George, who died in 2001, struck up an unlikely friendship with the trailblazing British comedy troupe, made up of Terry, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones, and even bankrolled their most famous film, 1979’s Life of Brian.

‘He was a joy,’ Terry told Metro.co.uk.

‘With George, he’s always referred to as the “quiet Beatle” – not at all! Just a jabber mouth. He was incredibly funny, that’s the other side that people aren’t aware of. They go “ohhh spiritual”. No, he was incredibly funny and we just had a great time.

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Ringo Starr rescheduled his 2020 tour dates with his All Starr Band to summer 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept music venues closed.“This is very difficult for me,” said Starr in a statement on his website, “in 30 years I think I’ve only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other. So we have moved the Spring tour to 2021. My fans know I love them, and I love to play for them and I can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible. In the meantime stay safe. Peace and Love to you all.”

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When Paul McCartney came up with the Beatles classic “Yesterday,” he played it for as many people as he could.

It wasn't because he was looking for criticism, but because he wanted to know if people recognized it. He was concerned that, instead of having written it himself, he’d accidentally stolen it from someone else.

Famously, McCartney dreamed the melody, then woke up and rushed to his bedroom piano to figure it out. “For about a month I went round to people in the music business and asked them whether they had ever heard it before,” he said later. “Eventually it became like handing something in to the police. I thought if no one claimed it after a few weeks then I could have it.”

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A legendary The Beatles member and also one of the best friends of the late legend John Lennon, Ringo Starr, took to his official Twitter page today and sent his regards to Lennon by using beautiful words.

While Ringo sending peace and love to John, he also admitted that he’s still missing his old friend and while sending his message, he did not hesitate to mention Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, who is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

If John Lennon would be alive, he would be 80-years-old today. While many people, even today, think that Ringo Starr isn’t talented, John Lennon was allegedly told Ringo was the best drummer in the world.

Let’s hear what Ringo Starr said about John:

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The Beatles was a band which dominated the music scene all over the world in the 1960s. The band had a name which was known by young women everywhere, especially during Beatlemania. But how did the band find their name, and what exactly is it?

There has been a great deal of discussion about whether the Beatles is The Beatles, or purely Beatles.

The group have named themselves The Beatles on a number of their album covers, however the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band simply reads ‘Beatles’ on the grassy knoll in front of the band.

This has served as quite the confusion for some fans, who are unclear as to what the band should actually be.

According to various sources, many of whom have credentials surrounding their command of grammar, the band’s name is The Beatles, as, when referring to the band, both words should be capitalised, therefore the band is The Beatles.

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The Beatles were around for a long time, and their presence in the world was overtly complex. While there were of course other bands around at the time, none were as stratospherically popular as them, which meant everybody wanted a piece of the fab four. This meant a lot of groupies surrounded the band on their travels.

Over the course of the years the band shacked up in a number of hotels and private venues whilst on the road.

But when their popularity began catapulting in the earlier years, John Lennon brought along his wife, Cynthia Lennon.

Cynthia, who was born September 10, 1939, was happy to accompany her husband on tour, as it had been one of the first times she took a trip to the U.S.A.

Of course, eventually it would come to pass that John marriage with Cynthia would eventually break down once Yoko Ono was in the picture - but until then, Cynthia was extremely supportive of her husband's endeavours.

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The Beatles worked hard to craft their sound over the years, and fans of the band have since fallen in love with the various nuances through each of their albums. Over the years the band created many albums with hugely different styles and themes. The White Album is perhaps one of the most popular albums the band made, as it includes many enormous hits for the band.

Crucially, however, it includes While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

The songs is an emotional display of George Harrison's feelings, and divulges some of his best songwriting of all time.

Despite these facts, the young star struggled to get his band to record it with him.

Speaking out about this experience in Anthology, he explained how he instead turned to pal Eric Clapton when Paul McCartney and John Lennon wouldn't help him out.

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On September 22, "Everything Fab Four," a new podcast devoted to discussing the Beatles' enduring and evolving cultural and personal significance, will launch on Spotify, Apple and wherever you get your podcasts. As the host, I have experienced great joy in exploring our guest stars' tales of Beatles discovery and obsession. 

Beatles fans take great pride in relaying their stories about discovering the Fab Four. For many first-generation listeners like Toto's Steve Lukather, the story often centers around "The Ed Sullivan Show" on that auspicious Sunday evening of February 9, 1964, when the Beatles launched the British Invasion by seizing control of millions of American television sets.

For yet others, their Beatles fandom finds its origins in other places, like a darkened movie theater while gazing upon the bandmates' kinetic screen energy in "A Hard Day's Night." There are thousands upon thousands of Beatles fans who proudly display their ticket stubs from a concert experience during the throes of Beatlemania. Veteran rock 'n' roller Michael Des Barres remembers seeing them perform up close and personal at a New Musical Express Poll-Winners concert.

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is often seen as the Beatles’ opus — and John Lennon thought a film from the 1960s equaled it. The 1960s gave us many mainstream classics including Psycho, West Side Story, and Planet of the Apes — however, John was talking about a film which was far more bizarre. Interestingly, the movie in question was created by one of John’s musical contemporaries.
John Lennon said this artist was ‘too far out’ to be accepted

As its title suggests, Jann S. Wenner’s famous book-length interview Lennon Remembers includes John reminiscing about his past experiences. In addition, he has lots to say about the work of other artists ranging from William Shakespeare to Blood, Sweat & Tears to Marcel Duchamp. He also discusses an artist who was quite close to him — Yoko Ono. John compared Yoko’s work to that of her fellow avant-garde artist, Andy Warhol.

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The Beatles collected a huge amount of music and songs over the years they were active. While the fab four from Liverpool managed to write songs in their bedrooms, recording studios, and other illustrious places, they also attempted to transcend to higher levels of consciousness by visiting India and exploring a spiritual connection.

During the band's visit to India, they were entranced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught them the ways of meditation.

This method of meditation allowed them to look deeper within themselves, and potentially create new music.

It is just after this trip that the band created The White Album - one of their best known works.

However, one of the songs was written by George Harrison, and includes a unique story behind how it came into being.

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Would The Beatles be able to make it in America? In 1963, no one could say. They’d certainly built up a fan base in the U.K. by then. “Love Me Do,” the Fab Four’s very first single, had cracked the top 20 on the British charts in ’62. By April ’63, the group had begun their run of No. 1 U.K. hits.

But over in America few people could tell you anything about The Beatles in those days. “Please Please Me,” the band’s first U.S. single, failed to enter any of the three music-industry charts (including the Billboard Hot 100). And sales were dismal.

In Beatles Anthology, Paul McCartney spoke about those early returns. “‘From Me To You’ was released – a flop in America. ‘She Loves You’ – a big hit in England, big No. 1 in England – a flop in the U.S.A. Nothing until ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.'”

Indeed, everything happened for The Beatles after “I Want to Hold Your Hand” hit record stores in the last days of ’63. It was a stunning reversal from the “nothing” of just a few months earlier.

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If you were an American fan of The Beatles in the ’60s, you had to feel like you were getting the short end of the stick. Take the U.S. release of Rubber Soul (1965). When Americans opened their copies of the new Fab album, they found “Nowhere Man,” “If I Needed Someone,” and “Drive My Car” missing.

To get those tracks, you had to wait until Yesterday… And Today arrived six months later. In a sense, you were experiencing The Beatles on several months’ delay. But it also worked the other way. When “I’m Only Sleeping” appeared on that same album, it beat the U.K. release of the John Lennon track (on Revolver) by two months.

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If you were an American fan of The Beatles in the ’60s, you had to feel like you were getting the short end of the stick. Take the U.S. release of Rubber Soul (1965). When Americans opened their copies of the new Fab album, they found “Nowhere Man,” “If I Needed Someone,” and “Drive My Car” missing.

To get those tracks, you had to wait until Yesterday… And Today arrived six months later. In a sense, you were experiencing The Beatles on several months’ delay. But it also worked the other way. When “I’m Only Sleeping” appeared on that same album, it beat the U.K. release of the John Lennon track (on Revolver) by two months.

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When speaking about the influences on The Beatles‘ music, John Lennon was always ready to pay tribute to the great musicians who came before him. Speaking about the early hit “Please Please Me,” John said it began as his crack at a Roy Orbison song.

In other cases, he might take an Elvis Presley line and run with it. Or he’d take a Beethoven piano lick and play it backwards to come up with a new theme (as on “Because“). When it came to the 1961 Bobby Parker track “Watch Your Step,” John acknowledged its influence on multiple Beatles songs. And he called it a direct descendant of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”

On “I Feel Fine,” the 1964 single that topped the Billboard charts, John followed Parker’s lead with a riff he played in nearly the same tempo. Meanwhile, the rhythm Ringo Starr laid down also traces back to Charles’ groundbreaking 1959 track via Parker.

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John Lennon: Son Julian discusses Yoko Ono in 1999

The Beatles engaged in a tumultuous relationship with their guitarist and singer John Lennon. The supposed "feud" between Lennon and his pal Paul McCartney has been well publicised, especially when it came to discussing Lennon's wife Yoko Ono.

When Ono came onto the scene a lot of speculation began that she was somehow hindering the band.

Despite this, Lennon went on to write a heartfelt song, The Ballad of John and Yoko in a B-side record alongside Old Brown Shoe.

Although Ono was criticised by both McCartney and Lennon's fans, the song is certainly one of the band's more emotionally charged songs.

In 1980 and 1969 Lennon spoke out about the song, and what it really meant to him to write it.

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John Lennon is often seen as a lyrical poet — but he had a lot of praise for a “rock poet” who came before him. In addition, John said he got someone very close to him to appreciate this rock icon’s music. Interestingly, John said this rocker was a major influence on Bob Dylan.Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone interviewed John at length in the 1971 book Lennon Remembers.

Late in the book, Wenner asked John which artists he admired. John praised Andy Warhol, Frederico Fellini, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and the 1950s rock stars Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. He lavished praise on rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry.

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