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The Beatles‘ classic hit ‘Hey Jude was released today, August 26th, in 1968 so we have complied all the fun facts that you might not know.

The single features on four of The Beatles albums, 1, Past Masters, Anthology 3 and Love. In this song Paul McCartney sings main vocals and plays both the piano and bass. All other band members sing back up vocals with John Lennon on acoustic guitar, George Harrison on electric guitar and Ringo Starr on drums and tambourine.

It is the biggest selling debut release for a label ever and is The Beatles most commercially successful single. With simple lyrics and a catchy tune it has become a community type album that is easy for crowds to sing along to.

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JOHN LENNON'S rift with Paul McCartney was not the reason why the Beatles legend explained he would never reunite after the "slow death" of the "disintegrating" band, which he dismissed in blunt terms.
Of course, fans never had the chance to find out if Lennon would ever change his mind. On this day in 1981, Mark Chapman was given a 20-year jail sentence for the murder of the star, after shooting him five times on December 8, 1980. Sadly, the rift between the band's member was never properly healed and Lennon always stuck to his conviction that he (and the other three members) was better off outside The Beatles. Fans and critics may view them as one of the greatest creative forces in popular music, but Lennon was brutally dismissive and revealed his desperation to get out.

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Steve Jordan, who produced and played drums on the album, heard LaVette’s performance of “Blackbird” from the Hollywood Bowl and got goose bumps. “A lot of people don’t realize Paul McCartney wrote this song about the civil rights movement and now you have an African-American woman who lived through the civil rights movement, so you’re getting a taste of what the song was really about,” he said.

LaVette’s albums over the past 15 years have often been thematic. There are LPs of songs by female writers, British Invasion hits, Bob Dylan covers, and a disc recorded at the Southern soul incubator FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with the Drive-by Truckers. She admits that she doesn’t even listen to much music these days, and relies heavily on her husband, who’s both a musician and a record collector, to catalog songs she might one day like to sing.




The Beatles endured a long journey from anonymity to superstardom, and experienced some speed bumps along the way. The fab four were tasked with creating a huge fanbase whilst still making money - but luckily they managed to hit the big time before they really hit dire times. Despite this, not every gig the band played was entirely peaceful, as revealed by Harry Prytherch.

On August 23rd, 1962, The Beatles attended a grand affair as they witnessed John Lennon getting married.

Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant register office in Liverpool on this day, according to Beatles Bible.

The website explained that Lennon decided to marry Powell after it was revealed she was pregnant with their child.

His best man was producer Brian Epstein, and it was attended by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

However things went badly shortly after, as the band were due to play a gig that evening.

The quartet arrived at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester to play their regular Thursday slot at the venue.

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What happened when The Beatles performed at Balboa Stadium on Aug. 28, 1965?

What transpired before, during and after the world’s most famous and influential rock band took the stage for the only time in San Diego?

And exactly how many buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken did their contract stipulate be provided backstage?

Your mother (or grandmother) should know.

If not, here are the answers to these and other questions about The Beatles’ sole San Diego concert. (If you attended and want to share your fab memories of the show for possible publication, email Please include your age at the time of the concert and the area you currently live in.)

Last-minute addition: The band’s San Diego concert was added so belatedly to the Fab Four’s tour that it did not appear on the band’s original 16-show, nine-city itinerary. The performance here was squeezed in just after The Beatles took some vacation days in Los Angeles and just before their Aug. 29 and 30 shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

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John Lennon made a lot of his greatest work within the late 1960s and early 1970s — and he apparently paid important consideration to among the acts of that period. He as soon as opened up about his emotions on Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac and others who discovered success in that point interval. Interestingly, sure different musicians from the period admitted the Beatles impressed them.

One of probably the most well-known books about John is a book-length interview known as Lennon Remembers. It incorporates a December 1970 interview John gave to Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone. As the ebook’s title implies, it consists of numerous John’s reminiscences. However, he additionally discusses modern music within the interview.

“It’s interesting to hear Van Morrison

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Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has released a new song, “Run to Me,” with Ringo Starr on drums. It also features Toto’s David Paich and Joseph Williams along with Huey Lewis and the News bassist John Pierce. “Run to Me” will appear on Lukather’s upcoming solo album, due at some point in 2021.

“I wanted to release this now because it fits the moment — a time where we all need a happy song for an unhappy time,” Lukather said in a press release. “When I got together with Joseph Williams and David Paich to collaborate on the songwriting, there was pure collective inspiration among the three of us to articulate this message of hope directed toward our daughters. Musically, the song is absolutely influenced by my growing up in the Sixties, inspired by some of my favorite elements of the repertoire that defined that indelible era.”




The Cavern Club, best known for launching The Beatles, faces ruin as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It opened in Liverpool in 1957 and hosts about 800,000 visitors per year.

Bill Heckle, one of the club's directors, said it had lost £30,000 a week since the lockdown began in March.

"We went five months before unfortunately we had to make about 20 people redundant. We think we might have to make another 20 redundant in the next few weeks."

The Beatles played their first Cavern gig in 1961 and the late entertainer Cilla Black worked as a cloakroom attendant at the Mathew Street premises.




The Beatles song Good Day Sunshine rang out at the Democratic National Convention last night, sparking speculation that its writer Paul McCartney gave the party his blessing to use the band's notoriously expensive music.

The 1966 track played over a montage of Jill Biden going for a run, on the night her husband Joe was formally crowned as the Democratic nominee for president.

Viewers remarked that the DNC would have had to spend 'half its budget' to license the song - unless McCartney gave it away for free.

McCartney referred to Trump as a 'mad captain' in the 2018 song Despite Repeated Warnings and met privately with Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign.

Nike once faced a $15million lawsuit for using the Beatles song Revolution in its ads while producers of the movie Yesterday reportedly paid $10million in licensing fees.

Donald Trump too has previously fallen foul of artists who disapprove of his politics, including the Rolling Stones who threatened to sue him last month for using their songs at his rallies.

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He is one-quarter of the most successful group of all time, and has written iconic songs including  Yesterday, Hey Jude! and Let It Be.

And Sir Paul McCartney has given an insight into his musical success, revealing he still uses an amplifier he bought when he was aged 14. 

The Beatles legend, 78, revealed his 'Little Green Amp' - the Elpico AC55 - as he took a trip down down memory lane at his Hog Hill Mill Studios in East Sussex in a hour-long audio tour included in the re-release of his 1997 solo album Flaming Pie.

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