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John Lennon and Paul McCartney didn’t always see eye-to-eye when it came to the creative process or the future of The Beatles but their songwriting partnership is almost unparalleled. The Fab Four remain among the greatest British bands in history and the impact of their musical legacy is so vast it’s almost impossible to gauge. There were, however, some bumps in the road along the way.

Lennon previously opened up about the challenge of their diverging lifestyles at the height of The Beatles’ success.

The band took off in the early 1960s and didn’t look back for almost a decade.

After they cracked America in 1964, heralding the start of the British Invasion, Beatlemania had gone global.

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On the last weekend of September in 1963, 10-year-old Alan Crawford wasn’t really clued into what not-yet-famous-but-soon-to-be rock star was visiting his rural stomping grounds of southern Illinois.

Why should he have been?

The big news for him that Sunday –- Sept. 29 – was the final game of the Major League baseball season and, more significantly, the final game in the career of the great Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals. That region of the country is Cardinals territory, and Crawford, who lived on a farm near Eldorado (pronounced “el-do-RAY-doh”) at the time, was a big Redbirds fan.

So big that going on six decades later, when we spoke on the phone the other day, he recounted how he would have been listening to the game on the radio that afternoon: “Cardinals won, 3-2, in the bottom of the 14th when Dal Maxvill, who was like a .200 lifetime hitter, hit a double to knock in Ernie Broglio.”

Source: BILL LOHMANN Richmond Times-Dispatch

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George Harrison’s role in The Beatles was a simple one to begin with. He was the unique guitarist who stood behind the principal songwriters of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, ready to harmonise at the drop of a hat. But by 1969 things had changed.

Harrison had found his musical chops and was now keen to enact his songwriting skill on the Fab Four’s records. It was not met with enthusiasm from John and Paul. It would lead to Harrison temporarily quitting the band and after storming out of the Get Back sessions. Harrison would prove his detractors wrong and write one of the best tracks in the band’s extensive back catalogue.

George Harrison had begun to work out his musical style by the turn of 1969. Having spent much of the latter part of the previous year with Bob Dylan and The Band, working on tracks like ‘I’d Have You Anytime’, and with his work on The Beatles so widely loved, Harrison had hope for the future of the Fab Four.

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The Beatles have influenced numerous artists, particularly other British rock bands. It’s hard to imagine the Electric Light Orchestra or Oasis existing without them. Their influence also exerts itself in unexpected ways. Queen’s music sounds very different from the Fab Four’s, but Queen’s music was nevertheless influenced by John Lennon and company.

Brian May opened up about the Fab Four’s influence on his band. May knew there was something magical about the band from the first time he heard one of their early hits. May also said the White Album helped Queen find their musical direction.

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Mick Jagger has responded to Paul McCartney’s recent comments that the Beatles were “better” than the Rolling Stones. McCartney’s initial statement came during an April 14 conversation on Howard Stern's radio show. When the host asserted that the Beatles were superior to the Stones, McCartney agreed, opining that his band had a more varied sound.

“[The Stones] are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. Whereas, we had a little more influences,” McCartney explained. “There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”

“That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition,” Jagger said when asked for his response by Zane Lowe of Apple Music. “The big difference, though, is and sort of slightly seriously, is that the Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system. They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”

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If a stay at home order has you feeling cramped in your living situation, at least you're not packed into a submarine.

On Saturday, The Beatles' YouTube channel is hosting a sing-along watch party for the 1968 animated movie, Yellow Submarine. Viewers of the psychedelic film can follow the lyrics to songs like All You Need Is Love and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds featured in the movie.

"For those of you missing singing together, I've got good news," Beatle Ringo Starr said in a video via Twitter on Wednesday.

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We’ve talked extensively about the Beatles and their music. But, we often seem to forget that they were eye-candies too. After all, that’s one of the reasons why the girls were mad for them which gave us the Beatlemania! But, it seems that some have a special eye on George Harrison. He was quite the underrated Beatle, that’s for sure. But many believe that he was the hottest of the Beatles (If Paul and Ringo are reading this, please forgive me I love you just as much). So, let’s take a look at the many shades of George Harrison!

For this article, we’ll just look at George at the different stages of his life. Needless to say, he was a heart-throb in all of them.

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During their run in The Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney took turns as the dominant forces in the band. Around the time of A Hard Day’s Night (1964), John’s creativity and overall songwriting production were unparalleled.

Looking back on his Beatles career in 1980, John saw that fertile period as a product of youthful energy. “You can never be 24 again,” he told Playboy’s David Sheff. “You can never be that hungry twice.”

A few years later, with The Beatles wealthy enjoying stunning wealth and worldwide fame, Paul became the band’s dominant figure while making Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour (both 1967).

Thinking about what changed during that period, John noted the shift in his lifestyle (living with a wife and child outside of London) and how that contrasted with Paul’s life circa 1966-67.

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Paul McCartney joined Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show last week, speaking out about the latter years of The Beatles’ reign before their split. While relationship were strained to a point, he said footage from the upcoming Get Back documentary, which is based on hours of never-before-seen footage from the Let It Be recording sessions, reveals the truth. The musical legend said, in fact, the film shows the friendships and creative spark between the band members and dispels the narrative which has grown and solidified over the years: that he and John Lennon hated each other and were “rivals” by the end.

The Beatles star also went on to share what Lennon really thought of his hit Let It Be amid assumptions there was a fiery disagreement about the song.

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This was not the golden anniversary environmentalists had in mind for the 50th celebration of Earth Day (April 22).

The holiday dedicated to honoring Mother Earth and making sure we're doing all we can to preserve our natural world is, ironically, taking place indoors this year because of the global lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That hasn't stopped artists from doing their part to advance the cause, though.

Check out some of the efforts to shine a light on the importance of taking care of our planet from the likes of Paul McCartney, Lil Dicky, Kacey Musgraves, Bill Nye the Science Guy and many more.

Sir Paul remindedeveryone to "take care of this beautiful place." The photo was another Earth Day from long ago.

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