Back in 1971, the beloved music icon Sir Paul McCartney formed the band, Wings, following the break-up of the Beatles in 1970. So today, let's take a walk down memory lane as we examine one of Macca's No.1 hits, 'Silly Love Songs'. Forty-four years ago, back in 1976, McCartney and his musical project, Wings, wrote a self-aware rebuttal to his critics regarding McCartney’s penchant for writing love songs. The resulting hit ‘Silly Love Songs’ was a clap back at the singer's naysayers, including John Lennon, who had once slammed his former bandmate in an interview, saying that all Macca ever wrote anymore were silly love songs. McCartney promptly responded with this gem and went on to top the chart with his 27th overall No.1 hit. So let's revisit Sir Paul McCartney at his groovy, goofy and sentimental best. You can check the light-hearted music video out here below, which also serves as a charming tribute to Linda McCartney, the rockstar's wife.
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John Lennon and his bandmates started one of the most important bands in history: the Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney and John were the main writers, while George Harrison and Sir Ringo Starr also contributed in many ways. The group split in 1970 but at one point, a reunion may have been on the cards for the band.
Beatles fans are, even to this day, debating whether a Beatles reunion could have happened before John Lennon’s death in 1980.
John was shot outside his home in New York on December 8, 1980, though his legacy in his work with the Beatles has lasted.
However, fans have often wondered whether the band may have got back together at some point, and one fan on a Quora forum has even suggested John wrote a song, signalling his return.
The song (Just Like) Starting Over, released by John on his final album Double Fantasy, speaks of a relationship blossoming and starting again.
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Residents of Southern Illinois, especially those of the original Beatles-loving Baby Boomer generation, are well aware of the fact that George Harrison visited Benton in September of 1963. The first Beatle to come to America, George traveled across the pond to visit his sister Louise, who had recently purchased a home at 113 McCann St. in Benton with her husband, Gordon Caldwell, who had found work as a mining engineer in Franklin County.
Louise, the eldest of the Harrison children — George being the youngest — promoted her brother’s band on the radio waves of Southern Illinois and to anyone who would listen on the street. When George visited just four months before the Beatles’ big debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, he and the Beatles were still unknown in the United States and he was able to enjoy a carefree excursion in the region, playing on stage with a local band, purchasing a Rickenbacker guitar in Mount Vernon, visiting Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, and hitting up the local root beer stand and drive-in movie theater. In 2017, a mural was even constructed near the Benton exit on Interstate 57 commemorating George’s visit in early fall of 1963.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney had an incredible writing partnership during The Beatles years. But did you know they once finishing writing and recording one of their many No 1 hits in just a single day? The track in question is The Ballad of John and Yoko.
According to Far Out Magazine, Lennon and McCartney managed the feat while George Harrison and Ringo Starr were away.
John said in 1969: “It doesn’t mean anything.
“It just so happened that there were only two of us there.
“George was abroad and Ringo was on the film and he couldn’t come that night.”
The co-lead vocalist and bassist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney has made the last call to his fans to take part in the ‘Great Day Fan Video‘ project which will premier in McCartney’s YouTube channel.
Paul McCartney has announced the chance to star in a special video to his followers on Twitter. He asked his fans to submit a video of themselves having fun with the people they love. The videos, which fans show that they are having a great day, will be collected and edited for a fan video.
On the announcement made for the project on McCartney’s website, it was stated that they expect his fans to share their favorite moments at home from the past couple of months. The videos may range from water fights in the garden to lockdown crafts with the kids. There is no limit to the content.
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In 1964, a persistent hurricane-stricken Jacksonville, Florida crowd gathered excitedly to watch The Beatles step foot on stage. Little did they know just how close the concert was to being canceled. The U.S. was in the full throws of segregation and a civil rights movement. It was a time when, as historian Dr. Kitty Oliver remembers,
“public accommodations were separate, inequities were rampant, and opportunities were stifled.” She goes on to recount, “As tensions accelerated, our churches warned us not to get involved in civil rights activities for fear of reprisal against our parents.” It was also peak Beatlemania and a 16-year-old Oliver couldn’t help but be drawn to a wider world and perspective.
“Still, some of us risked rebellion,” Oliver admits. “At night, for fun, I listened to the ‘White radio station.’ That’s where I was introduced to The Beatles. They were rebels, flaunting their difference in the way they looked and sounded, and I was a fan from the start.” This is also where she heard that The Beatles were coming to town and would be at the Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Fueled by determination and the growing tide details
An in-depth look at The Beatles’ final year is the subject of a new book from author Ken McNab, a lifelong fan of the band. And In The End: The Last Days of The Beatles, according to an announcement from its publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, is “a detailed account of the breakup featuring the perspectives of all four band members.” The book arrives Aug. 18.
“In a month-by-month chronology,” the announcement continues, McNab “reconstructs the events of 1969 when The Beatles reached new highs of creativity and new lows of their internal strife. In the midst of this rancor, however, emerged the glorious disharmony of Let It Be and the ragged genius of Abbey Road.”
[2020 was expected to be host to another round of 50th anniversary Beatles celebrations. The pandemic, however, has altered many of those plans. Peter Jackson’s documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, compiled from 55 hours of unseen footage and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings taken during the original Let It Be film and album sessions, has been moved to Aug. 27, 2021. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 4 of this year.]
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A Columbia grad student, new to the city, lost his lease. So he organized the perfect send-off.
On an otherwise quiet pandemic Sunday, the unmistakable songs of the Beatles started blaring from the roof of a building on the Upper West Side. The band was belting out faithful renditions from the 1969 rooftop concert in London — “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got a Feeling” — and people stepped out onto their balconies and fire escapes to listen.
When the band finished, and Upper West Siders shut their windows and headed back into their apartments, a 28-year-old Columbia University physics grad student named Ben Markham stood on the roof savoring the moment with a joint and beer.
“I was worried the cops might come,” he said. “If John was watching, I hope he liked it.”
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Plenty of artists have toxic fans but few call them out in their own music. John Lennon was one of the few. In a single song, he attacked Christianity, the Hare Krishna movement, and the delusional fans who came to his door.
John Lennon | Harry Benson/Express/Getty ImagesWhen John Lennon equated the Beatlemania with religion
During his solo career, John dealt with a lot of his frustrations through song. Sometimes he discussed his dissatisfaction with the world in an accessible way, like in “Imagine.” Other times he went for the jugular.
In “I Found Out,” John attacks religion, telling people they shouldn’t look to Jesus Christ or Hare Krishna gurus to solve their problems for them. In addition, he says he’s “seen religion from Jesus to Paul.” The line itself is ambiguous, as the Paul in question could be Paul the Apostle or Paul McCartney. However, the Beatles Bible reports the lyric is about the latter, so John appears to be equating the Beatles fandom to a religion in that line. Fans often interpret “I Found Out” as a condemnation of people looking to religious figures or celebrities for salvation rather than themselves.
Whenever we read into the histories and motivations behind the songs by the Beatles, we’re opened up to a labyrinth of their memoirs of life. Before them, it was uncommon for musicians to make songs out of their own life experiences. But, there were no better trendsetters than the fab four themselves. And their one album that influenced the music industry the most for all times to come was ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It’s a serious contender for being the greatest album of all time.
But, did you know that Paul McCartney wrote a song from this album because he was just tired of being a part of the Beatles? It’s true!Many people don’t know this, but there was a time before the breakup when the Beatles were just tired of being themselves. After the craziness that was the Beatlemania, they were done touring. And if that wasn’t enough, there were some serious controversies too, like the comment John Lennon made that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. And after Brian Epstein’s death, the fab four were simply done being the center of attention for the world as “the British boy band”. They wanted to disassociate themselves from this identity. And so, details