Once The Beatles were established, No. 1 hits became routine. By the end of the band’s epic, six-year run on the Billboard charts, the Fab Four topped the pack 20 times with hit singles. That was more than Elvis and will likely stand as an unbeatable record.
But they had to claw their way to the top first. The journey included trips to Hamburg to hone their style and residencies in Liverpool spots like the Cavern Club. However, a band can’t go anywhere without a hit record.
As of late 1962, The Beatles still hadn’t even released a record (let alone scored a hit). However, when the band booked a record date with EMI in London, they made sure to seize the opportunity.
Instead of going with a performance of another songwriter’s tune, John Lennon and Paul McCartney pushed to record one of their own compositions. The track was “Love Me Do,” and it broke the top 20 on the UK charts.
Looking back at Beatles recordings, the run that began with 1965’s Rubber Soul represented a clear shift for the band. After tracks like “Norwegian Wood” and the journalistic “In My Life” went out on records, the band embarked on a period of intense experimentation.
By 1966’s Revolver, the group (along with its industrious engineers) were testing all sorts of new tricks in the studio. And even though George Harrison and other band members could drive people nuts making records, everyone agreed the effort was worth it.
For Ringo Starr, who sat at the drum kit for nearly every Beatles track ever recorded, there were too many highs during that period to count. However, Ringo has no problem pointing out what he considers the best work he did with the Fab Four — and the group’s all-time greatest songs.
When the Beatles represented the United Kingdom during Our World, the world’s first live global TV linkup in 1967, a lot was at stake as they delivered “All You Need is Love,” a song specially written for the moment. An audience of 400 million people were watching, members of the Rolling Stones and the Who were in the studio, and the resulting recording was to be released on vinyl just days later.
But, as Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, the responsibility for making it all work out fell on the shoulders of “two young kids” – himself, aged and his even younger assistant Richard Lush.
“I was in a terrible state because this thing was going to go out live and we didn’t have the technology then – backups and God knows what else,” Emerick said. “[T]he record that actually goes out and the one you see them recording, everything’s live apart from, I think, just Ringo (Starr)’s drum. The only overdub I remember doing afterwards was Ringo’s snare roll at the beginning.
The series has since returned to Netflix with all three seasons and the Twitter account have followed up as to why it was temporarily removed.
The series sees bugs learning lessons and singing famous songs by The Beatles. The series has received multiple awards over the years and was popularised around the world when it first released in 2016 with two seasons and third season that was added in 2018.
On July 18th, 2019, the series was removed from Netflix in all regions around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
It’s worth noting the Beat Bugs movie that released in 2017 called “All Together Now” remains on Netflix.
We talked to a customer service representative for Netflix who told us the following:
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Having a father who was a Beatle certainly casts a significant shadow.
But Dhani Harrison has more than forged his own path.
The only child of the late George Harrison and his second wife Olivia has played in bands (thenewno2, Fistful of Mercy) and composed for film and TV. He's played on albums by Perry Farrell, UNKLE and Wu-Tang Clan, and he was on stage when Prince shredded the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.
In 2017 Harrison, 40, released "IN///PARALLEL," his first album under his own name, and last month he put out a concert film, "IN///PARALIVE," on Facebook. And now he's touring with Jeff Lynne's ELO, opening and also joining the troupe in homage to his father and others during its rendition of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care"...
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By the time The Beatles got to their White Album (1968), it didn’t take much to tell a Paul McCartney song from a John Lennon track. If you heard a throwback tune like “Honey Pie” or “Martha My Dear,” you knew you were listening to a song by Paul.
John called tracks in this vein “Paul’s granny music,” and he countered with songs like “Revolution” and “Happiness Is a Warm Gun.” But John didn’t let it go at that. When Paul insisted on running through endless takes for “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” John stormed out of the studio in disgust.
After the disaster of the Let It Be sessions in early ’69, The Beatles regrouped for one last studio album. That would become Abbey Road, but it wouldn’t come easy. While Paul kept asking for new takes of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” several Beatles lost their patience.
John Lennon’s son Sean is fed up of fans “hijacking” his memories of his dad by telling them how important he was to them.
Sean was only five years old when John was shot and killed outside his home in New York in December 1980.
However, in an interview with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, Sean admitted that he often finds it hurtful talking about his father to fans, as they rarely take into account that his memories are intimate family ones.
“My relationship to my dad I feel is sometimes hijacked or something and people don’t seem to consider it,” he says. “Not to be critical but for the most part, as real as their feelings are, it is a dream. What I am talking about is a physical person who taught me how to cut my food at dinner.”
Speaking about Beatles fans’ idolisation of his dad, Sean, 43, says they have “no idea” of his own feelings – however much they love his music.
By the late 1960s, The Beatles probably came to expect that someone in the band would walk out during a recording session. When Ringo ditched the group for weeks after tense days making The White Album, it served as a warning sign.
While recording “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” for the same album, John Lennon stormed out of the studio after being driven nuts by the endless takes. Next up was George Harrison, who left the band for close to two weeks during the Let It Be sessions. By then, it didn’t seem like a fluke.
Yet Paul McCartney had managed to keep his cool through most of those years. Making Abbey Road in mid-’69, Paul seemed especially determined to see the group through one more record.
But it wouldn’t be easy. After John declined to play or sing on “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” Paul began getting frustrated. It boiled over a few weeks later while recording John’s “Come Together.”
Here's a sampling of popular music across the decades. It's a list of the albums (remember those) that topped the Billboard 200 chart in 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.
A testament to their long careers, a few artists show up in this list more than once -- a couple in different decades. Also, interesting to note that while 10 albums hit No. 1 in 1969, a whopping 22 albums topped the chart in 1999.
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A set of Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to the classic Beatles song Hey Jude will be offered at auction in the U.S this month.
McCartney used the lyrics during the recording of the song at Trident Studios in London in July 1968, and later gifted them to a studio engineer.
The musical manuscript is now expected to fetch $200,000 – $300,000 when it hits the block at Gotta Have Rock and Roll Auctions on July 26.
Paul McCartney famously wrote Hey Jude for John Lennon’s son Julian, after Lennon left his wife Cynthia for Yoko Ono.
“I started with the idea “Hey Jules,” which was Julian, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better,” McCartney later recalled.
“Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces.”
A bronze statue of John Lennon is heading to Liverpool this summer all in the name of peace.
St George’s Hall will welcome the John Lennon Peace Statue on August 1 until the end of September following its time at Glastonbury Festival.
The artwork, which is 180cm high, was created by artist Laura Lian and cast by the Castle Foundry.
Laura said: "I made the statue to help inspire a new generation to reinforce John and Yoko’s message of Peace.
"We are really excited to have the statue at this beautiful historical Hall in Liverpool."
Alan Smith, general manager of St George’s Hall, said: "We’re delighted to host this statue showcasing one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons.
"In the month of August and September the city celebrates International Beatle Week and it’s fitting that we welcome this new addition.
"It’s sure to be a hit and will become a must-visit selfie and Instagram spot".
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While looking back on his career in 1980, John Lennon saw a lot he didn’t like about his time with The Beatles. In fact, he had no problem dismissing songs like “Cry, Baby, Cry” and “Glass Onion” as “rubbish” and “throwaway” material. He was even harsher about songs he didn’t write.
Regarding Paul’s “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” John wouldn’t even take part in the track’s recording during the Abbey Road sessions. Instead of contributing backing vocals or suggesting how to improve it, he hated the song so much he just left the studio for the day.
As for the famous medley on the second side of Abbey Road, John described “that sort of pop opera” as “junk” not worthy of a rock ‘n’ roll record. However, there was one bright spot for him, and it came on the album’s opening track.
The song was “Come Together,” which hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts in November 1969. Though John criticized a lot of Beatles tunes, he came as close as he could to raving about this one.
When The Beatles showed up at EMI studios in 1962 for their first major recording session, they were unknown in London. Only the hippest guys at the company’s labels had heard of them, and the old-guard producers and engineers couldn’t care less.
However, one young engineer in the studio that day went on to work with the band on their greatest albums (including Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road). His name was Geoff Emerick, and he became one of the top names in the recording industry.
Yet in ’62, when The Beatles arrived to record “Love Me Do,” Emerick was as unknown as the band he heard play. But his recollections from that day are priceless. He mentions the “quite fidgety and quite funny” John Lennon calling an EMI employee named Norman “Normal.”
He also notes the affable bass player (Paul McCartney), a “dejected” and short drummer (Ringo), and a lead guitar player who was very young and “almost emaciated” (George Harrison). The other thing that struck Emerick about George that day in ’62 was the black eye he sported.
He really does get by with a little help from his friends.
As the years passed, you didn’t hear any Beatles blaming Yoko Ono for splitting up the band. After all, they were there and knew firsthand that George Harrison could hardly stand Paul McCartney by 1969. Meanwhile, Paul had his own widely discussed issues with John Lennon.
That’s not counting the fistfight George and John had while the band was being filmed for Let It Be. And we won’t get into the time Ringo walked out on the group during the White Album sessions. Or the time a few months later when George quit the band for a while.
Indeed, the period from early ’68 through late ’69 had “Beatles breakup” written all over it. As it turned out, that happened to be the same time the love between John and Yoko blossomed and the two got married.
But before The Beatles went their separate ways, they had one more masterpiece to record: Abbey Road. Just as the sessions were getting underway, John and Yoko made an entrance that freaked everyone out. Decades later, the chief engineer called it the craziest thing he’d seen.
Because of their crazy schedule and recording-contract demands, John Lennon and Paul McCartney always needed fresh songs to fill out the next album. As even Beatles fans will admit, they didn’t always come up with winners, but they had to finish them and move on to the next project.
By the time they got to Rubber Soul, John and Paul’s songs had become much more complex, but they still weren’t above recycling simpler, older material. That’s how Paul ended up pulling out and rehashing one of his earliest songs.
As Paul noted in his biography Many Years From Now, that’s how “Michelle” ended up on Rubber Soul. Back in the late ’50s, he’d play the song as an instrumental at parties where he’d wear a turtleneck and “pretend I could speak French” to impress girls. (Bear in mind he was hardly 17 at the time.)
At the suggestion of John, Paul decided to bring it out and add lyrics — including some French ones — for the band’s latest album. But he definitely didn’t speak the language, so he needed help from someone who did.
Only John Lennon appeared in the final movie
The new film Yesterday, which imagines a world in which only one person remembers The Beatles, was originally meant to feature cameos from all of the Fab Four.
In the movie, singer-songwriter Jack (played by Himesh Patel) wakes up to discover The Beatles never existed and he is the only person with any knowledge of their music. After attempting to remind the world of the group, he begins to play their songs as his own and achieves huge success.
Yesterday features only one of the legendary group, changing John Lennon’s story so he lives a long life instead of being murdered by Mark Chapman. During an appearance on the Empire podcast, writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle revealed they had originally intended to feature all four members of the band.
“When [Jack] first goes to Liverpool, I’d written a long scene where he just goes to a pub and he bumps into George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr],” Curtis said. “It was, I hope, a sweet scene, and they were just two delightful, oldish men who’d once been in a band together […] music enthusiasts who had never got any further.”
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Most people can agree that Paul McCartney is one of the greatest performers of our time. He released countless songs that he wrote himself and, according to Smooth Radio, has done duets with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Born in Liverpool, England, McCartney’s contributions to music have been so significant that he was knighted in 1997 and now entitled to call himself “sir.” That is quite an accomplishment for anyone, and we can only imagine that the former Beatle is nothing less than honored.
As a member of The Beatles, which were one of the biggest musical sensations ever, there aren’t too many people who are not familiar with McCartney. The Beatles released countless songs, so many, in fact, that a lot of fans may have trouble choosing a favorite. What we don’t often think of is that the members of the group themselves have certain songs that they prefer over others. So, what was McCartney’s favorite Beatles song?
When you read about the inspiration for Beatles songs, you get some surprises. A good example comes with John Lennon and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Because of the song’s trippy nature — and the initials in the title — many thought it was written about LSD.
But John said that wasn’t true. Looking back, he said Alice in Wonderland served as the main inspiration, while a drawing by his son Julian supplied the title. (On “Hey Jude,” the wildly popular Paul McCartney ballad, the songwriter also had Julian Lennon in mind.)
Other tracks speaks for themselves. It’s no mystery what inspired “The Ballad of John and Yoko” or John’s “In My Life.” On the other hand, Paul was much less inclined to write autobiographically and include personal details in songs.
We can’t say for sure, but we doubt many understood Paul was speaking about the U.S. civil rights movement when he penned “Blackbird.” An even bigger surprise comes when you hear about him writing “Got to Get You Into My Life.” Paul said it’s not about a woman at all.
As a 1960s rock band, The Beatles went heavy on guitars, and that’s what got the crowds screaming. In early hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” the clanging guitars and pulsing drums get your attention and hold it.
But The Beatles were far more than a straight rock band. As their songwriting matured and more instruments entered the pictured, keyboards took more prominence in the music. On 1965’s Rubber Soul, John Lennon’s classic “In My Life” featured a piano solo that sounded Baroque.
By 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul McCartney featured the piano on his “Lovely Rita” and “When I’m Sixty-Four.” The epic “A Day in the Life,” chiefly written by John, also went heavy on piano all the way down to the crashing, three-keyboard ending.Yet despite all the piano you heard on these records, there wasn’t more than one solid keyboard player in the group. That was Paul, who later showcased some of his best work on The White Album.
As The Beatles drifted apart in the late 1960s, you found more and more recordings missing members of the group. In the case of “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” the track went out without the help of Ringo or George Harrison because both were out of town at the time.
However, if you look at Abbey Road or Let It Be, you’ll find various tunes missing the contributions of one or more Beatles. That person was usually John Lennon, who either wasn’t present during the recording sessions or simply didn’t want to play on a song he didn’t write.
In the middle of the documentary Let It Be, you get the idea John wasn’t interested in the slightest as George rehearsed his tune, “I Me Mine.” Rather than thinking how he might contribute, John grabs Yoko Ono and takes her for a waltz on the studio floor.
Later in 1969, during the Abbey Road sessions, John was even more dismissive of Paul’s “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” Though he was in the studio that day, he just didn’t want any part of the song.
John seemed to hate everything about ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’
For much of his life, Michael Callahan didn’t look like Ringo Starr, not even when he wore a wig and impersonated the young Ringo in a Beatles tribute band called Shout.
But as the older Ringo, Callahan, AKA Ringer Star, has found a niche. There are other portrayals -- drummers in Beatle tribute bands appearing in the different phases from goofy mop top Ringo to the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras. But in his research, Callahan has not found another performer impersonating the famed Beatle drummer in his present incarnation.
People have asked Callahan if he got plastic surgery to look like Starr. “My standard answer is that Ringo had to become a senior citizen in his 70s to start looking like me,” Callahan said.
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In Rocketman, Elton John is shown picking his stage persona via a bandmate's first name and looking at a John Lennon poster. But is this really what happened?
Before he was Elton John, he was known as Reggie Dwight. Not quite the popstar name.
So, Reg went about picking a new onstage persona that kicked off a new era of his flamboyant and hugely successful life.
But was what happened in Rocketman really what happened?
Why did Elton John pick his name?
In 1962, Reg and his friends formed a band named Bluesology.
A few years later, Bluesology was backing American soul and R&B musicians such as the Isley Brothers, Major Lance and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
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Is it on your bucket list to meet a Beatle? Where there's a will — and the money to purchase a Ringo Starr painting — there's a way.
The Danielle Peleg Art Gallery in Keego Harbor will be hosting an exhibit and sale of limited-edition, hand-signed art by Ringo Starr from July 26-31.
The event is tied to the legendary Beatles drummer's concert on Aug. 1 with his All-Starr Band at the Colosseum at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario, just across the river from Detroit.
The tour, which marks 30 years of Starr's concerts of famous friends, will feature band members Colin Hay of Men at Work, founding Toto member Steve Lukather, Santana and Journey member Gregg Rolie, and more.
If you buy select artworks from the gallery, Starr will meet and take a photo with you at the Windsor show, according to a Friday press release from Rock Art Show.
The free art show is open to the public.
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In Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director Danny Boyle’s latest film, Yesterday, viewers are asked what the world would be like if The Beatles didn’t exist through the eyes of somebody who remembered that they did. This marriage between the Fab Four and film is not a new one, but when people think about this marriage, they are more likely think about films such as A Hard Day’s Night, Help, or Yellow Submarine.
However, their footprint on the industry has lived on for nearly 50 years since the band called it quits in 1970. From jukebox musicals, to fictional retellings of the bands’ members, to dramas guided by a character’s love for the band, The Beatles have been the basis of several films spanning nearly every genre, but these are some of the most memorable.