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To call The Beatles the greatest band of all time would not be an exaggeration. That is just a fact. ‘We’re talking about a revolution’ when it comes to their unique sounds and creativity. If the music industry is currently using any technology or sound, chances are The Beatles invented it. From blues, metal, psychedelic, love ballads, and pop, they wrote something in every genre. And they did it so well that it is impossible to talk about music and not talk about The Beatles.

Their songs are so iconic that even after half a century, they remain some of the most recognisable ones in the world. It’s hard to believe that they only played together for a span of 8 years. And even after all this time, The Beatles mania is very much alive. With Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still dominating the stage, nobody is going to forget about them anytime soon.


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The Monkees were inspired by the Beatles and they barely tried to hide it. How else do you explain that the Monkees had a song where they used the phrase “I want to hold your hand?” Given the Monkees took so much inspiration from the Fab Four, the latter had reason to feel ripped-off. This raises an interesting question: What did the Beatles think of the Monkees?
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John Lennon on whether the Monkees were just an imitation of the Beatles

“[The Monkees have] their own scene, and I won’t send them down for it, John Lennon said, according to Mental Floss. “You try a weekly television show and see if you can manage one half as good!” John was an extremely cultured and talented man, so his endorsement of the Monkees’ sitcom meant a lot. into addition, Mickey Dolenz told Westword that John correctly said the Monkees were more like the Marx Brothers than the Fab Four. Certainly, the humor into the Monkees’ sitcom was more similar to the Marx Brothers’ humor than it was to the Beatles’ dry wit.

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Fifty-six years ago the then mop-top quartet came out with their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night.” The film has a homemade feel to it. They made it when the phenomenon called “Beatlemania” had reached a crescendo, “A Hard Day’s Night” covers a manic day in the musicians’ busy lives. Even now it blows us away with the energy and freshness of the Lads from Liverpool. In 1964, the release date, the Beatles had a long string of catchy pop tunes. Hits in the movie include “All My Loving,” “Tell Me Why,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “She Loves You.” The songs still arrest our attention and lift our hearts. One hour and 27 minutes.

“Help” came out in 1966 and has a plot involving human sacrifice (Ringo has run afoul of a Hindu cult.) The sketchy plot provides a frame for showing off the boys’ weed fueled antics. It has silly moments and lots of funny moments, but best of all, it allows us to see the Beatles as young men and to again hear the tunes. Notable songs include “Help!,” “Ticket to Ride,” “You’re going to Lose That Girl,” and “You’ve Got to Hide details

When Paul McCartney looked back at his work in The Beatles, “And I Love Her” stood out to him as a milestone. At that point (early 1964), Paul hadn’t yet earned his reputation as a brilliant balladeer. That started to change after he wrote “And I Love Her.”

“It was the first ballad I impressed myself with,” Paul said in his biography Many Years From Now (1997). And John Lennon agreed with him. Thinking back on their rise as songwriters, John described Paul’s Hard Day’s Night gem as a warmup for “Yesterday.”

While John and Paul collaborated on many songs in those days, John had only minimal involvement in the writing of “And I Love Her.” (He probably helped with the middle section.) But Paul definitely hadn’t completed the track when he brought it into the studio.




Paul McCartney was among the many artists to remember Rep. John Lewis following the death of the civil rights icon Friday at the age of 80.

“Sad to hear the news that civil rights legend John Lewis died yesterday,” McCartney tweeted Saturday. “He was such a great leader who fought with honesty and bravery for civil rights in America. Long may his memory remain in our hearts.”

McCartney added, “How about renaming the famous Pettus Bridge that he and Martin Luther King Jr. and others walked across in the 60s for the civil rights movement and rename it the John Lewis Bridge?!!!”

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When The Smithereens make music, they do it right. And it shines on their newest release, a special one-off two-song covers record of The Beatles’ 1962 single “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” featuring session drummer Andy White, who originally performed on the two songs. Best of all for fanatics and collectors, the songs are available on 45 RPM vinyl, pressed on the Tollie label with picture sleeve, which pays tribute to original American release by the Fab Four.

The British Invasion sound permeates the Smithereens’ music, and it was a thrill for the band members to find out that White, one of the few who could actually claim to be the Fifth Beatle, had married an American woman and was living in New Jersey. The band became friendly with the legendary British drummer (Tom Jones, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark) and even had him guest on several special live shows before he passed away in 2015.

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Ken McNab's in-depth look at The Beatles' acrimonious final year is a detailed account of the breakup featuring the perspectives of all four band members and their roles. A must add to the collection of Beatles fans, AND IN THE END is full of fascinating information available for the first time.

McNab, in a compelling month-by-month chronology, reconstructs the seismic events of 1969, when The Beatles reached new highs of creativity and new lows of the internal strife that would ultimately destroy them. Between the pressure of being filmed during rehearsals and writing sessions for the documentary Get Back, their company Apple Corps facing bankruptcy, Lennon's heroin use and musical disagreements, the group was arguing more than ever before and their formerly close friendship began to disintegrate.

In the midst of this rancor, however, emerged the glorious disharmony of Let It Be and the ragged genius of Abbey Road, their incredible farewell love letter to the world.




Sir Ringo Starr nearly missed out on being one of The Beatles because he'd planned to move to America.

The music legend was working in a factory when, at the age of 19, he and a friend decided to take the plunge and emigrate, but they were put off when they saw how many forms they had to fill in, and the 80-year-old drummer often reflects on how different his life could have been.

He said: "I love the blues and wanted to go and live in Houston because I wanted to be where Lightnin' Hopkings was - my all-time favorite blues player.

"John and I went down to the embassy and we filled in all these forms - we were just teenagers filling in all these damned forms.

"So we filled them in and took them back to the embassy and they gave us more paperwork, with even more questions - sheets and sheets of it.

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On October 9, 2011, The Beatles Paul McCartney married his third wife Nancy Shevell. At the time, the singer was 69 and Shevell was younger than him; aged 51.

McCartney, 78, and Shevell, 60, got married at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall with family and friends in attendance. It wasn’t expected that the former Beatle would marry again after he had a bitter divorce from his second wife.

McCartney had to pay out an alleged $35 million to Heather Mills in their divorce. What Shevell has in common with the musician’s first wife, Linda Eastman, is that she’s also an American.

Her father is Mike Shevell the owner of a transportation conglomerate which is estimated to be worth nearly half of a billion dollars. In 2011, the businesswoman served as the company's vice president.

She was also a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Shevell, like Eastman, has also battled breast cancer.

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It is 1965 – four years before Here Comes The Sun, as it goes – and John, Paul, George and Ringo are sprinting down a London street while filming their hit movie Help!

The pics were taken after snapper Derek Bayes heard a commotion from his office and spotted the Fab Four’s antics on New Bond Street, Mayfair.

It was May 9, a quiet Sunday, and Derek had to be quick to capture pop’s biggest ever band.

The pictures, unpublished until now, reveal a hilarious day’s filming – affected largely by the band being stoned.

Ringo Starr, who has just turned 80, has blurry memories of making the film, directed by Dick Lester.

The drummer once said: “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun. You can see a lot of red-eyed shots; they were red from the dope we were smoking. Dick knew very little would get done after lunch. We seldom got past the first line of the script.

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