The Beatles are the most famous group in music history. Here are some of most interesting facts about the Beatles.
The Beatles are often considered to be one of the most classic rock and roll bands out there. The Beatles were active between 1960 and 1970. They featured four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. All of the band’s members were considered some of the most influential people of the rock era.
One of the members of the band, George Harrison, lost his virginity while with the band. His fellow bandmates watched on in the darkroom from their beds and when Harrison finished they cheered him up and clapped. He is said to have been happy that they at least waited until the end to make a fuss.
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Often known as the happiest place in the world, Disney World has a different meaning for Beatles fans. It was in 1970 that John Lennon sat in his hotel room at Disney World and signed the piece of paper that ended The Beatles officially. Try not to be sad though, there are still plenty of good things to experience at Disney World.
The Beatles as a group were active from 1960 to 1970. Paul McCartney publicly acknowledged their breakup in a 1969 interview. He later released a press release on April 10, 1970.
The breakup of the Beatles has been attributed to several things, such as their manager Brian Epstein’s death, George Harrison’s emergence as a songwriter, difficulty in collaboration, Yoko Ono, and McCartney’s deep dissatisfaction with the way Phil Spector overdubbed “The Long and Winding Road
The age of the rock is often connected with drugs such as weed and LSD. Well, it is true but it wasn’t always known. Two of the Beatles Lennon and Harrison met a young dentist on their trip around the world. One night, during dinner that dentist spiked all of the members’ coffee with LSD. Some people think that Harrison and Lennon asked the dentist to give them LSD but they were surprised about it when they were given it. This rumor isn’t substantiated but it is completely possible.
Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to marijuana. Paul McCartney would later become an outspoken advocate for its legalization.
Because the Beatles weren’t considered to be a Soviet band; the Soviet Union banned the ownership and listening of Beatles music. The black market sold records but they were quite costly and sometimes even dangerous to get a hold of. Instead, people took old X-Rays from hospitals and imprinted the Beatles music on to the X-Rays.
The Beatles were kicked out of Germany. First, George Harrison was kicked out for being underage. Because they lost one of their key members, the band decided to move too. Before they could move McCartney and Pete Best, thought it would be fun to light a condom on fire. While they found it amusing the owner was annoyed and had them arrested for their shenanigans.
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The Beatles were responsible for many firsts in the rock world. One of those firsts was the devil horns that many people have come to associate with rock music. The album cover of “Yellow Submarine” was the first time that symbol was ever on a cover and it is one of the first times it has ever been used in association with the rock. They are also credited with being the first to create music videos and being the first to hold a stadium concert.
Everyone likes the Beatles; they are still loved by many people. During the time of Beatle mania though the Vatican condemned The Beatles for being Satan worshipers. This is why many parents didn’t let their kids listen to rock and pop music for ages. All of this came around simply because John Lennon stated that the band was more popular than Jesus. In 2010 the Vatican forgave The Beatles and officially dubbed the album “Revolver” as the best pop album of all time.
The first name that the Beatles were known by was the Silver Beatles. During their first tour, each member of the band tried to adopt stage names. John Lennon was Long John, George Harrison was Carl, and Paul McCartney was Ramon. The names didn’t stick for the most part but Doug Colvin used McCartney’s stage name for the inspiration of his band’s name, the Ramones.
No one is quite sure where the name “Beatles” originated, though the most likely story is that John Lennon liked the name The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s band. Early band member Stuart Sutcliff suggested “Beetles,” and they were for some time known as The Silver Beetles or, occasionally, Long John and the Silver Beatles before becoming the Beatles. The Beetles were also a rival gang in Marlon Brando’s movie The Wild One, which may have also been an influence. John Lennon is usually credited with changing the spelling to “Beatles” to reflect Beat music and the Beat generation
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The haircuts that the Beatles became famous for were actually already popular in Germany. During their time in Germany, it is believed that the Beatles picked it up from Voormann, an artist and friend to the Beatles. Best’s hair made it difficult for him to follow because it was naturally curly.
One of the first studios to have a chance to sign the Beatles was Decca. They recorded 5 tracks. The head of A&R at the time, Dick Rowe turned the Beatles away because he believed that guitar groups were no longer the hip thing in the music industry. He later was proven wrong and signed the Rolling Stones instead.
Pete Best didn’t last with the band because George Martin, a record producer, thought that he wasn’t the best sound for the band. At first, Martin would substitute Best for a session musician during recording sessions but the Beatles eventually noticed that he was right and Ringo Starr was hired to replace Pete Best. As a bonus tidbit, Ringo’s real name was Richard Starkey.
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Some More Interesting and Fun Facts about the Beatles
- Before performing in Japan, the Beatles received an anonymous message: “Do not go to Tokyo. Your life is in danger”. 35,000 police officers were tasked to protect the group. The Japanese audience was so polite and quiet, they were able to hear how bad the live performance really was.
- The Beatles helped end racially segregated concerts by refusing to play at segregated events.
- The Beatles album, ‘Revolver’ was almost named ‘After Geography’ (credits to Ringo), to contrast with the Rolling Stones album, ‘Aftermath’.
- The Beatles are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the chart.
- The Beatles are the only band in history to have a “double whammy” when they knocked the Rolling Stones off the top spot in both the singles and album charts on July 23, 1964.
- The Beatles’ first-ever album to debut at number one was Help
- The Beatles’ longest single, at 7 minutes and 15 seconds, is “Hey Jude.” It was also their first to be issued on the Apple label.
- The Beatles became a catalyst for bohemianism and activism that fueled such movements as women’s liberation, gay liberation, and environmentalism.
The last album recorded by the Beatles was Abbey Road. The last album released was Let It Be
- In “Hey Jude,” Paul McCartney can be faintly heard saying “Oh f***ing hell” after he made a mistake during the recording of the song.
John Lennon was a choir boy and a boy scout(Krafft Angerer / Stringer)
- John Lennon was dyslexic and legally blind
- The Beatles song “Got to Get You into My Life” (1966) is generally thought to be about a girl, but McCartney later claimed that it is actually marijuana.
- The Beatles had seven consecutive number one hit albums, just behind Abba and Led Zeppelin, who each had eight.
- The Beatles earned $90,000 in 35 minutes for their Minneapolis show in August 1965
- John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono after marrying Yoko Ono in 1969
- “Flying” and “Dig It” are the only two album tracks to be credited to all four Beatles
- The BBC banned several Beatles songs, including “I Am the Walrus”(for the use of the word “knickers”), and “Fixing a Hold,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “A Day in the Life” (for alleged drug references).
- None of the Beatles could read music. They could play the guitar, piano, and drums and write lyrics, but they never learned to read music.
- As of 2013, the Beatles hold the record for the most number one hits on the Hot 100 charts.
- The Beatles have been awarded 7 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, and 15 Ivor Novello Awards.
- In 2004, Rolling Stone crowned the Beatles as the best artists of all time
- John Lennon was murdered in December 1980, and George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive and musically active.
- Carl Sagan, an astronomer working on the Voyager project in the 1970s, had wanted to include the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on the Voyager Golden Records to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. While the Beatles favored the idea, their recording company, EMI refused to release the rights, and it was not included.
- The Beatles once bought a private island in Greece with the hopes of living there together, away from screaming fans. They later sold the island when they were breaking up.
- During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles held 12 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including the top 5. No one has ever beaten this record.
- The Beatles are the most famous group in music history, and Elvis Presley is the most famous solo singer.
- The title of the Beatles’ debut album was Please Please Me.
- The “Fifth Beatle” was an informal title that referred to those who were at one point a member of the Beatles or who had been strongly associated with the Fab Four (Lennon, McCartney Harrison, and Starr). People known as the “Fifth Beatle” include Tony Sheridan, Jimmie Nicol, and Eric Clapton, among others.
- The location of John Lennon’s ashes has never been disclosed by Yoko Ono.
- The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.
- In 1968, the Beatles began studying with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his Himalayan retreat. They would later grow disillusioned after accusations of sexual improprieties by the Maharishi, an avowed celibate
- Most believe “Hey Jude” was written by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon’s son Julian during his parents’ divorce. Others say it was inspired by the journalist Judith Simons of the Daily Express. John Lennon believed that Paul had produced a subliminal message to him in which he blessed John’s new relationship with Yoko Ono