Fab Four Store


Beatles News

The Beatles were the most commercially successful musical act of their era. The band remains hugely popular, and many of their records have yet to be beaten. The individual members also enjoyed bestseller status with some of their releases, though on occasion, they weren’t afraid to try some unusual things, which meant that sales and awards weren’t necessarily guaranteed.

John Lennon often followed what his heart told him, instead of chasing numbers and sales. One of his less-understood albums that never became the massive win that the musician was accustomed to has returned and become a chart success again, and it’s been decades since it was last seen.

Mind Games reappears on the U.K. albums chart this week. Lennon’s solo album lands at No. 39 on the list of the most-consumed full-lengths in the country, becoming a top 40 smash yet again.

Lennon’s solo collection has been away from the U.K. ranking for a long, long while. The last time it was seen on the albums chart across the pond was back in February 1974.

Mind Games returns following its highly-anticipated re-release. The album was recently expanded to feature a lot of new material, including remixes from his ow details

If it was quarantine fever that prompted Paul McCartney to return to all-DIY studio mode for his new album, “McCartney III,” it may be the the lack of any looming global tour that really helped set the record’s diverting and loose mood. His previous release, 2018’s “Egypt Station,” created with a full band and big-name producers like Greg Kurstin and Ryan Tedder, had its quirks but was clearly designed as the kind of commercial project that would not just reinstate the former Beatle at No. 1 on the charts (which it did) but provide fresh set-list grist that wouldn’t have stadium bathroom queues forming all at once. “McCartney III” is almost nothing but the quirks, undertaken in isolation with an initial intended audience of probably just one: a certain Sussex vegan sheep farmer who must’ve realized by April or May that he’d rather spend the pandemic woodshedding than shearing.

As probably every fan has heard or figured out by now, “McCartney III” is a sequel to 1970’s “McCartney” and 1980’s “McCartney II” in name, methodology and year-ending-in-zero only, and not so much in style. Because when it comes to th details

The 1966 Beatles album Revolver is loaded with incredible songs. One of the most underrated tracks on the album would definitely be “She Said She Said”. It was one of many songs credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. However, the song was actually only written by Lennon with some help from George Harrison. McCartney didn’t really have much to do with it, according to the man himself in Barry Miles’ biography called Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. Paul McCartney even said that “She Said She Said” is one the rare instances in which he didn’t play on a Beatles song.

So, what happened? According to McCartney, it started with some creative differences he had with the band shortly before they recorded it. He did participate in the first takes for the song, but McCartney did not contribute to the final recording at all.
Why Didn’t Paul McCartney Play On “She Said She Said”?

Paul McCartney has always been known as the perfectionist of The Beatles. So when the band opted to experiment with more psychedelic elements around the mid-1960s, there was quite a bit of head-butting. McCartney pitched an arrangement for “She Said She Said”, whi details

The lineup for the upcoming Venice Film Festival was just announced, and it includes two Beatles-related documentaries.

One to One: John and Yoko, directed by Kevin Macdonald and Sam Rice-Edwards, focuses on the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

A previous announcement about the film describes it as “a moving look at the couple’s life upon their entry into a transformative 1970’s New York, exploring their musical, personal, artistic, social, and political world.” It centers around the pair’s 1972 One to One Concerts, which were Lennon’s only full-length performances after The Beatles’ 1970 breakup. They featured Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band, Elephant’s Memory and special guests.

The other is Things We Said Today, from Andrei Ujica. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film focuses on The Beatles’ first North American tour, which happened in 1964.

The Venice Film Festival will take place Aug. 28 to Sept. 7.




More than 60 years after Pete Best was ejected from The Beatles and replaced by Ringo Starr, reasons for the ouster continue to be a matter of conjecture.

He wasn’t a good enough drummer.  His bandmates were jealous of his good looks stealing female fans’ attention.

His quiet, reserved personality didn’t mesh with the more outgoing, playful personalities of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.  It was strictly a business decision.

Pete Best, original drummer for The Beatles, will present a slideshow and lecture at the Valley Dale Ballroom on Sunday, followed by a performance with his band.

Over the next six decades, the list of reasons snowballed. Subsequent interviews with The Beatles revealed what some saw as animus toward Best, particularly in the case of Lennon.

“The reason he got in the group in the first place was because the only way we could get to Hamburg, (Germany), we had to have a drummer,” Lennon said in an interview posted on Beatles historian David Bedford’s website.

McCartney was a bit kinder, saying that Best was a “really good drummer” who merely “wasn’t quite like the rest of us.&r details

As more source material comes out about the Beatles, fans are discovering much more about The Beatle they thought they had figured out: George Harrison. In past years Harrison had always been presented as the “Quiet Beatle.” However, as his legend lives on this persona has been shed as folks learn that the artist pulled no punches when it came to speaking his mind.

This information was made public in a 1992 recording session video where viewers can watch Harrison openly criticize Neil Young’s guitar playing. “I’m not a Neil Young fan, personally” Harrison states, “[Young’s playing] it is good for a laugh.”

Harrison goes on to bag Young’s style in the video. He also notes where this musical disagreement all originated—Bob Dylan’s ’30th Anniversary Concert’ at Madison Square Garden in 1992. The concert took place shortly before the release of Harrison’s 1992 recording session.

The concert included a star-studded lineup: Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Harrison, and Young. Despite the talent on stage, Harrison believed that Young did the show a grave disservice with his lead playing. In the middle of Young’s solo Harris details

The Beatles versus the Rolling Stones is a popular debate. It really strikes a cord with rock fans. Everyone has their pick and they stick by it, vehemently. Though the bands don’t necessarily fuel that fire these days, there was a time when their friendly rivalry was real.

Their intertwining histories as a band started in the early ’60s, when John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned a single for the Stones.

In 1963, Lennon and McCartney happened to run into the Stones’ manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. At the time, the Beatles were steadily rising in the rock ranks and the Stones’ were still trying to find their footing.

“Oldham had almost literally bumped into Lennon and McCartney as they stepped out of a cab,” Bill Janovitz wrote in Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones. “He invited them to the studio where the Stones were rehearsing…The two finished off what had been a McCartney sketch of an idea, handing it the Stones for their single.”

The song in question was “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Though the Beatles would go on to release a version of the up-tempo tune themselves, the Stones were the first to put it out. details

Hey, you’ve got to hide your tapes away.

For a time in the mid-2000s, The Mirage housed the most famous music catalog in history and hardly anyone knew.

The Beatles’ master tapes were reportedly kept in tightly guarded vault backstage at Love Theater, during the early days of “Love” at the hotel. Word of the history of these tapes made the rounds as the show closed July 7, and the hotel itself shut down July 17. Cirque PR rep Ann Paladie has not verified the history of the tapes related to the production.

But sources familiar with the music’s chain of possession report the masters were delivered from Abbey Road studios as theater construction was being completed in late 2005 through early 2006. The tapes were then sent back to England.

In keeping with the integrity of The Beatles’ catalog, the sound studio at Love Theater was created to the specifications of Abbey Road Studios. The annex served as the show’s audio nerve center throughout its run.

“Love” opened in June 2006, with The Beatles’ original producer George Martin leading the original sound editing. His son Giles Martin oversaw the remixing of the music for the live show details

If you don’t particularly like George Harrison’s music, chances are you’ve missed out on some of his best works. Not only was his solo career quite lucrative, but his songwriting contributions to The Beatles were similarly well-put-together. Let’s take a look at five Beatles songs that George Harrison wrote that could very well change your mind if you don’t like his music!

1. “If I Needed Someone”

If you don’t like George Harrison, you’ve likely rarely heard some of his best songwriting contributions. “If I Needed Someone” is a great example of Harrison’s talent for simple yet effective melodies. This track from the 1965 album Rubber Soul is reminiscent of The Byrds with a unique folk-rock vibe.
2. “Taxman”

This track from the 1966 record Revolver is a bit sassy and also a little bit political. It challenged the British tax operation at the time, which wasn’t exactly in good taste, considering that Harrison was filthy rich. Still, it’s a simple yet beautifully composed song.

[See The Beatles’ Ringo Starr Live In 2024]
3. “It’s All Too Much”

This George Harrison details

The Fab Four might be a pervasive part of modern pop culture, but we’d bet you might not have heard these interesting facts about the Beatles. (Save for hardcore Beatlemaniacs, of course.) From their Liverpool roots to John Lennon’s uncanny connection to certain numbers, there is no shortage of real and fantastical lore surrounding the iconic pop-rock group.

In honor of the seven years, seven months, and 24 days the Beatles were actively together—there’s a bonus fact for free—we’ve rounded up seven of the most interesting tidbits about the band you probably didn’t know.
1. They almost copied the name of an American rock group

Before the Beatles were, well, the Beatles, the original quartet floated a number of possible band names—including cheeky stage names each member took for themselves. After then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe left the group’s earliest incarnations, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison performed as The Quarrymen for a brief time.

Lennon, who was a big admirer of American rock and roller Buddy Holly, suggested they rename the band the Crickets. Of course, Holly and his band already performed under this stage name, prompt details

Kevin Macdonald's documentary 'One to One: John & Yoko' will screen at the Venice Film Festival alongside Andrei Ujica's 'Things We Said

The Beatles are getting some attention at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its 2024 lineup on Tuesday.

The legendary band, who dominated the music industry for an entire decade from 1960, has earned spots in the prestigious fest’s documentary section in different capacities. Kevin Macdonald and Sam Rice-Edwards’ doc One to One: John & Yoko focuses on the intense and public relationship between the two artists, while Things We Said Today from Romania’s Andrei Ujica, on the other hand, is a look at the band’s famous and first North American tour – a film that was supposed to be ready 10 years ago.

On John Lennon‘s official website, Macdonald’s feature documentary from Mercury Studios is described as “a moving look at the couple’s life upon their entry into a transformative 1970’s New York, exploring their musical, personal, artistic, social, and political world.” Macdonald himself said: “I wanted to make a film that surprises and delights even the most dedicated Lennon details

John's 1973 solo album 'Mind Games' was re-released on Friday, July 12, 44 years after the Beatles legend's death. 

John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon is reflecting on his father's legacy and the responsibility he feels to share John's music with the world.

The Beatles legend was shot and killed outside of his New York City residence, the Dakota, by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980. He was 40 years old when he died and would have been 84 on his upcoming birthday — October 9.

Ahead of the milestone, Sean, 48, whose mother is Yoko Ono, spoke to The Sunday Times about his father and his music as he promoted the re-release of John's 1973 solo album Mind Games, which dropped on July 12.

Per the outlet, some of the new mixes of the tracks deliberately amplify John's voice, while others focus on certain instrumental elements.
“One thing that distinguishes my dad’s solo career is how personal his lyrics became," Sean — who was 5 when his father died — told the outlet. "It is like a diary, and it is my duty to bring attention to my father’s music. Not just my duty to him, but a duty to the world."

Source: Esme Mazzeo /


Who were better, the Beatles or Rolling Stones? Tribute concert aims to settle the debate.

The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 61 years ago.

The argument at the time, and one that still persists, was that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So who’s better?

These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage throwdown - a musical “showdown” if you will – at the Downey Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm. - courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show.

Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the county's top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles' career. They face off against renowned Stones tribute band Satisfaction who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion.

Where did the idea for the show come from?

“Music fans never had a chance to details

The song arrived just a dozen years before the date promised in its forward-looking title. But thanks to the cleverness and talents of Paul McCartney and Wings, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” seemed like a distant future that none of those who were living would still be around to see.

What is the song about? How did McCartney write it based on a single line? And how did he and the two remaining Wings members manage to pull together for such a dynamic song and album? Let’s look back, and then ahead (or maybe forward, and then back?) at “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five.”  The story of Wings, the band that Paul McCartney formed not long after The Beatles collapsed, is one of stalled momentum and impressive resilience. Case in point: their 1973 album Band on the Run. It ended up a triumph, but only after a series of events that raised the degree of difficulty exponentially.

When first formed, Wings struggled to impress critics, but they were coming off a string of successful singles in 1972 and an album from earlier in ’73 (Red Rose Speedway) that contained their first U.S. No. 1 hit (“My Love”). But at the moment when there seemed to be no stopping them, dis details

It’s been decades since the world’s biggest band broke up, but The Beatles’ famous songwriter and core member Paul McCartney is still going strong. McCartney still speaks fondly about The Beatles’ music to this day and has done quite a bit to keep the band’s musical legacy as clean and preserved as possible. However, McCartney is just like any other musician or songwriter; there are some songs that he wrote that just aren’t his cup of tea. Though, where other musicians will admit to outright hating their songs, McCartney will often casually mention that he wasn’t partial to certain tracks.

So, which song from The Beatles’ legendary discography was McCartney not a fan of? There are a few. But there is one song that he actually shared a distaste for along with John Lennon. And if you know anything about Beatles history, you know that the two rarely agreed on anything.

Source: Em Casalena/



Round blue-tinted glasses given by John Lennon to a man who was visiting the Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded are to go on sale.

The John Lennon-style glasses were handed to the man, who was with his girlfriend, in 1968 and are expected to fetch £2,000 to £3,000. It is not clear who they belonged to at the time.

A Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers spokesperson said: “The young man saw the spectacles lying on the piano and went to pick them up but was told by his then girlfriend to leave them, to which Lennon replied ‘it’s OK, he can have them’.”

The glasses are expected to fetch £2,000 to £3,000.  The spectacles will go under the hammer alongside a collection of 33 black and white photographs taken at Abbey Road in 1968 and 1969, including some snapped on the day of the photoshoot for the Beatles’ album cover where the band walked across a zebra crossing.

The photos, some featuring Paul McCartney, George Harrison, George Martin and Ringo Starr, will be sold with the copyright for an estimated £200 to £300.

The items will go up for auction on July 31 at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey.


Needing a bit of a hit, Paul McCartney and Wings embraced a little bit of controversy on the 1972 single “Hi, Hi, Hi.” Some of that controversy was accidental, some of it was warranted, but all of it helped boost the song to become the band’s biggest hit to that point.

What was the song about? Why was McCartney’s band somewhat reeling at the time of the song’s release? And how did a misheard lyric lead to a ban from the BBC? Let’s get the lowdown on “Hi, Hi, Hi.” Wings Struggling to Fly.

It was never going to be a cakewalk for Paul McCartney to get Wings off the ground. There were always going to be comparisons, not only to The Beatles as a group but also to what the former Beatles were doing as solo artists in the early ’70s. But the extent to which Wings struggled to gain acceptance from critics was a bit of an eye-opener.

Their 1971 debut album Wild Life was purposely kept loose and disheveled by McCartney, but many writers felt it came off sounding lazy and unfinished. Macca decided to spend 1972 releasing non-album singles while the band toured. But while the first two of these did moderately well in the charts, they also earned their share of cr details

Watch as among the world’s greatest drummers, including Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Questlove of the Roots, Tré Cool of Green Day, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all salute Ringo Starr from behind his famous Ludwig kit, now on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland!

Source: That Eric Alper




The Beatles were growing fast in a musical sense by 1965, incorporating a wide variety of influences into their new music. Bob Dylan was one of those influences, and the Help! track “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” certainly owes a bit to Dylan.

But it also comes away sounding like a quintessential Beatles record, thanks to the touches the band added to the song while recording it. Here’s the story and meaning behind the achingly pretty and sad “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”
Bob and the Boys

The Beatles met Bob Dylan in 1964 in New York City. By then, they were mutual admirers of each other’s work. The Fab Four liked that Dylan wrote about adult topics with fearless candor. Dylan liked how The Beatles electrified their message to make the biggest possible impact. As it turned out, each entity was moving, style-wise, in the direction of the other.

In the case of The Beatles emulating Bob, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” was an admitted attempt by John Lennon to infuse his songwriting with the confessional honesty for which Dylan was known. He explained as much when looking back at the song in an interview found in The Beat details

Already one of history's greatest rock bands, The Beatles were even more than the sum of their parts. In the wake of the band's legendary 1960s run came a number of high-profile solo releases from each individual member. That includes Ringo, whose eponymous 1973 album peaked at #2 on the U.S. charts and yielded two #1 singles … with a little help from his friends, of course.

What's no less striking than the substantial output of each respective Beatle is the evolution of their signature sounds and styles. From George Harrison's idiosyncratic slide guitar to John Lennon's raw candor, certain albums were nearly as groundbreaking as the group efforts that preceded them. Acclaimed releases such as "All Things Must Pass" and "Plastic Ono Band" also helped redefine the personas of their creators.

Then there's Paul McCartney, or Macca, which is his English nickname, who arguably carried the torch of Beatles-style melodies into each of the subsequent decades. At the same time, he tirelessly explored an assortment of production styles and peripheral genres, including classical and electronic. As a solo artist or with Wings, Macca has released over 20 top 10 singles to date, putting his post-Beatles career in the s details

For anybody wondering about the state of relations among the four Beatles following the announcement of their breakup in 1970, Ringo Starr came through with an update. He did it via the song “Early 1970,” a B-side that revealed Starr’s desire for amity among the four men.

Meaning Behind “You’re in My Heart' by Rod Stewart and the Famous Girl Who Inspired It.

What was the song about? How did the song play into Ringo Starr’s post-Beatles music strategy? And how did it reveal the rift that separated Paul McCartney from other members of the group at the time? Let’s go back in time to find out about “Early 1970.”

Ringo Starr took a different path than his fellow Beatles in how he resumed his recording career after the group’s breakup. Instead of coming out of the gate with a high-profile solo debut, Ringo released a pair of low-key covers albums in 1970 that indulged his love of standards (Sentimental Journey) and classic country songs (Beaucoups of Blues).

From there, he decided to focus a bit more attention on his budding career as an actor in motion pictures. But he wanted to keep his toes in the water, so to speak, in the rock details

The collaborative approach to the Beatles’ songwriting allowed John Lennon and Paul McCartney to bolster one another creatively, and it also opened the door for one musician to blame a song on another, as was the case for the Beatles song John Lennon later denied writing.

Meaning Behind “You’re in My Heart' by Rod Stewart and the Famous Girl Who Inspired It

His denial came over a decade after he first wrote the song, so maybe he really forgot that he was the creative force behind the “rubbish” he brushed off in his final interview with David Sheff in 1980. Perhaps Lennon felt a bit embarrassed by the fact that the recording session for that particular song caused their chief engineer to quit.

Or maybe it was a mix of both. Whatever the reason, Lennon had no intention of taking responsibility for the fifth track on the Beatles’ 1968 eponymous “White Album’s” fourth side.  John Lennon Denied Writing This 1968 Beatles Song.

In his final interview with David Sheff, John Lennon gave his no-holds-barred opinions about countless tracks from his former band’s extensive discography. Sheff would call out song titles like “Strawberry Fie details

The 2003 death of the actor Lana Clarkson is being revisited in the Netflix true crime series “Homicide: Los Angeles.” In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was found guilty of fatally shooting Clarkson. He maintained his innocence until his death in 2021.

The first episode of the Dick Wolf-created series looks into Clarkson’s life and death, as well as Spector’s conviction. The episode features interviews with the former district attorney for L.A. County, former L.A. Sheriff’s Department detectives and Clarkson’s mother, among others. The episode also features television footage from the time, as well as photos of evidence and recordings of phone calls.

Who was Phil Spector?

Born in the Bronx in 1939, Phil Spector was a music producer and songwriter.

Spector rose to fame during the 1960s and ‘70s, working with top artists like the Beatles, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ike and Tina Turner, the Ronettes, Cher and the Ramones, among others.

He produced songs like “Let It Be,” “Imagine,” “River Deep — Mountain High,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Be My Baby” and &ldquo details

Longtime Beatles associate Alistair Taylor said that Ringo Starr was the only member of the band who didn’t constantly ask him to fix his problems. The rest viewed Taylor as “Mr. Fixit,” and turned to him when they needed help with something. Crowley could only recall one time that Starr begged him for assistance. He admitted that his rescue mission didn’t go to plan.

Ringo Starr joked that he wouldn’t forgive Beatles assistant Alistair Taylor

While on vacation in Sardinia, Starr called Taylor and begged to get him off the island.

“I got a frantic phone call from him,” Taylor said in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. “And he said, ‘Look,’ he says, ‘it’s bloody awful. You know, I’ve got to get out of here. I’m coming back home.’”

Source: IMDB



Legendary Beatles studio engineer Ken Scott, who worked with the Fab Four between 1964 and 1968, has been giving his opinion on the band’s final single, Now and Then. And it’s fair to say that it isn’t entirely positive.

Released in 2023, Now and Then began life as a rough demo by John Lennon. A cassette of this recording was given to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, after his death, but the remaining Beatles were unable to finish it because it was deemed impossible to separate the piano and vocal parts satisfactorily.

Thanks to technology developed by director Peter Jackson for his Get Back TV series, though by 2022 the two parts of the demo could be split, enabling McCartney and remaining surviving Beatle Ringo Starr to develop Now and Then further.

Source: Ben Rogerson/

Beatles Radio Listener Poll
What Beatles Era do you like better?