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When the Beatles first began, Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote songs in close collaboration, often sitting face-to-face as they worked out ideas. They worked together so closely, in fact, that they each learned how to play guitar upside down.

It's common for left-handed guitarists to play right-handed instruments — but most people, like Jimi Hendrix, re-string the guitar so that it's properly configured for lefties.

Not the left-handed McCartney and the right-handed Lennon, however. On the latest episode of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics on iHeartPodcasts, the artist recalled how he and his collaborator would trade instruments during writing sessions: "I was used to turning [guitars] upside down because I worked with John a lot, so I had to grab his guitar. I could play upside down and so could he."

This came in handy during the writing of "Yesterday" (which is the subject of the podcast episode). When he wrote the lyrics (having already thought of the melody in a dream), he was travelling across Portugal en route to the apartment of his friend Bruce Welch (of the instrumental rock band the Shadows). When he arrived, he borrowed Welch's right-handed guitar and played him "Yesterday" — the fi details

Ringo Starr came to work on the set of 'A Hard Day's Night' feeling terrible. He shared how this actually helped him.

In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr acted for the first time in A Hard Day’s Night. While filming a new movie was an entirely new experience for The Beatles, they all jumped into their roles with excitement. Starr loved movies as kid and loved the experience of filming one. Still, some days on set were a challenge for him. He revealed how feeling terrible while shooting actually helped his performance. Ringo Starr had a rough day on the set of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

While The Beatles were happy to make a movie, they found it difficult to wake up for the early call times.

“It was a very early start,” George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology. “We’d have to arrive and get dressed and have our hair and faces done. While all this was going on they would set up with stand-ins. They wouldn’t call us until they were ready to rehearse us for a scene.”

Starr said that one of the early starts was a particular challenge for him. He’d come straight to work from the nightclub.

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The British film director Sam Mendes is creating four scripted Beatles films. The biopics will tell the Fab Four’s story from each band member’s point of view, planned for release in 2027.

In a press release, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said he’s honored “to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time.” He teased a unique rollout for the films, and following Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary series, the appetite for more Beatles footage remains insatiable.

With The Beatles, once again, in the headlines, let’s look at the time Dolly Parton had to prove she could sign-of-the-horns rock and, in doing so, reunited the Fab Four’s two living members.

On her 49th studio album, Rockstar, Parton collaborated with rock’s biggest legends to make a star-studded karaoke-like collection. Her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination in 2022 prompted the country star to make a rock album self-justifying the nomination—to mortals, she had nothing to prove.

Though honored, Parton initially declined and said she hadn’t earned the right. However, she reversed the decision—acknowledging her fans had voted—and appeared at th details

In November 1976, David Cahn, in charge of Midwest promotions for Warner Bros. Records, was summoned to a Chicago hotel, where he learned the new client he and other regional managers would be working with was George Harrison.

It was six years after the Beatles broke up, and Dark Horse Records, the record label Harrison founded, was now to be distributed and marketed by Warner Bros. Records. The regional managers would be promoting Harrison’s seventh studio album, “Thirty Three & 1/3,” with the team’s goal of making the album a No. 1 seller.

“It was such a thrill to be able to meet George,” said Cahn, who grew up in Rochester and lives in the Buffalo area. “I think the Beatles were the best group ever, and he was my favorite Beatle growing up.”

Cahn, had been in the music industry at that point for six years, the first four as a disc jockey at FM rock radio station WPHD in Buffalo during the golden era of underground, free-form radio. After the station was sold, he went to work for Warner Bros.

 

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A national blue plaque to commemorate the life and work of Beatles icon George Harrison is to be unveiled later this year

The life and legacy of Beatles icon George Harrison is to be commemorated with one of the first blue plaques outside London.

Harrison's childhood home in Liverpool is now understood to be a possible location for a commemoration.

The Beatle, who was born on 25 February 1943, lived at 12 Arnold Grove in the Wavertree area of Liverpool until he was seven.

The Historic England scheme had been limited to the capital for 150 years.

Unveiling the first of the national blue plaques, arts and heritage minister Lord Parkinson said he looked forward to "recognising more people who have made their mark on national life".

A national blue plaque to commemorate the life and work of Beatles icon George Harrison is to be unveiled later this year

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With the announcement of four interconnected Beatles biopics coming in 2027, one for each member, the lives of the men behind history’s biggest-ever band have come into new focus. Nicknamed “the quiet Beatle”, George Harrison‘s contribution to global music and spirituality – thanks to his famous conversion to Hinduism in the 1960s – proves that Harrison’s tranquillity and peace-promoting attitude were mighty in their own way, and should not be understated.

In his final years, Harrison’s religious beliefs as a source of strength and inspiration in the face of a highly-publicized health battle have helped shape his permanent legacy. In many ways, Harrison died as he had lived – encouraging others to keep their hearts and minds open to the beauty of the spiritual world. While his bandmate John Lennon’s death is the more known of the two, due to his 1980 assassination at the hands of a fan and his widow Yoko Ono’s ongoing campaign against gun violence, George Harrison’s death is a reminder that a life’s ending can still be beautiful and meaningful.

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Never-before-seen candid photos of The Beatles on their first flight to the US, the official beginning of what the world would soon know as 'Beatlemania,' have emerged for sale for £16,000.

John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had no idea that their lives would change forever once they stepped off that very plane in New York and went on to crack America.

Alongside the 10 black and white snaps is a Pan Am flight menu, signed by the band.

The images were taken at a monumental time in their career, just before Beatlemania exploded in the US following their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Flying first class from London to New York on February 7, 1964, they were set to perform on the hugely popular US show two days later - a pivotal moment that catapulted them into international stardom.

These previously hidden images were taken by American businessman Robert Kinderman, who was also in first class, and whose teenager daughter Carol was a huge Beatles fan.

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“Yesterday” is one of the biggest and most beloved songs released by The Beatles. The tune was something different from the rock band, and it showed a new, especially thoughtful side of the globe-dominating outfit. Decades after its release, one of the two credited writers on the track has shared how it all came together.

In the latest episode of his podcast, Paul McCartney: A Life in Lyrics, the man himself opened up about the tune and spoke quite a bit about “Yesterday,” admitting that it came to him unconsciously.

“I went to sleep one night and dreamed a tune. Somewhere in my dream I heard this tune. When I woke up, I go I love that tune–it’s great. I love that one,” McCartney stated in the interview. He added that once he was awake and realized he had something special in mind, he “kind of fell out of bed and the piano was right there to the left of my bed and I just sort of thought well I’ll try and work out how this song goes.”

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The Beatles are each set to have their own movie.

"I'm honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies," Mendes, director of American Beauty, Spectre, 1917 and Road to Perdition, said in a statement.

Find out everything to know about the upcoming Beatles movies and when you can expect to see them.

According to a statement from Sony Pictures, Mendes' Beatles movies will each tell the band's story from their respective members' point of view, eventually intersecting to "tell the astonishing story of the greatest band in history."

The movies will follow the band from its creation to their 1970 split, and McCartney, Starr and the survivors and estates of Lennon and Harrison have given Mendes and producers their blessing and full rights to their music and life stories for each film.

"We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time," producer Pippa Harris said in a statement. "To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an im details

After the Bee Gees made the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film in 1978, George Harrison branded them and their manager Robert Stigwood as "greedy". Picture: Getty

George Harrison was always regarded as the mystic, mellow member of The Beatles.

But George Harrison also had his moments, where he'd exhibit his tongue was sharper than his fellow outspoken former bandmate John Lennon.

There was one instance where he didn't hold back, in a 1979 interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

For the most part of the decade since The Beatles called it a day, George would seldom partake in interviews, due to his disinterest in discussing his life and work with the media.

He changed tack slightly ahead of his 1979 self-titled album, in a conversation which spanned his new music, nostalgia for his former band, and his reactions to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film which had opened in London that week.

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The 1969 Beatles album Abbey Road is famous for many things: the cover photo of The Beatles on the zebra crossing walking away from the studio, the fact that it was the last album they recorded, and because it was the first time the band had ever used a synthesiser.

What is less well known is how various members of The Beatles embraced the synth during the Abbey Road sessions, and how one of its key sonic features might well have contributed to the demise of the band.

There are slightly differing accounts as to how the modular Moog 3 arrived at Abbey Road. According to Geoff Emerick, Moog had given a demo of the synth at EMI Studios some months before the recording of Abbey Road, and the band were impressed enough to use the synth.

No one had seen synthesisers. This was the very first time, and it took up a whole room.

And in a recent McCartney: A Life in Lyrics podcast, Paul seemed to back this version of events up, saying that his recording of the track Maxwell’s Silver Hammer on the Abbey Road album "coincided with the visit of Robert Moog, the inventor for the synthesiser. No one had seen synthesisers. This was the very first time, and it took up a whole room.

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Paul McCartney was the lucky recipient of some incredible generosity from Cathy Guest, who recently returned the music legend's stolen electric bass guitar after more than half a century, and now she's crossing her fingers for some compensation.

The East Sussex resident discovered the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass in her attic following the death of her husband Hadyn, who'd apparently got it off his brother Graham. McCartney, who changed the course of music history forever with The Beatles, first purchased the instrument in Hamburg back in 1961 before it was robbed from a van and sold to a pub landlord 11 years later.

In conversation with The Sun, Guest herself revealed that she snuck a letter into the guitar case for McCartney to read, detailing her financial situation as she supports two children still in education.

"My husband inherited it when another family member died and he'd had if for years," she told the publication. "He had no idea where it came from. He was a keen musician and used to play all the guitars at home, including Paul's bass. We both loved music and I still go to gigs every weekend.

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Today, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sam Mendes, and Neal Street Productions announced a groundbreaking creative endeavor to tell the story of The Beatles with four distinct theatrical feature films. The project marks the first time Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison – have granted full life story and music rights for a scripted film.

As conceived by Mendes, who will direct, the four theatrical feature films – one from each band member’s point-of-view – will intersect to tell the astonishing story of the greatest band in history.

SPE will finance and distribute worldwide with full theatrical windows in 2027. The dating cadence of the films, the details of which will be shared closer to release, will be innovative and groundbreaking. 

Mendes will direct all four films and produce alongside his Neal Street Productions partner Pippa Harris and Neal Street’s Julie Pastor. Jeff Jones will executive produce for Apple Corps Ltd.

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Heather Mills' high-profile marriage to legendary musician Paul McCartney, came to an end nearly four years after their nuptials.
She revealed the issues that led to the end of their marriage pointing a finger at McCartney’s daughter as a significant factor in their split.
She accused the singer's daughter of doing "evil things" that sabotaged their relationship.

Following the passing of Linda Eastman, the beloved wife of the iconic musician, Sir Paul McCartney, he found solace in the companionship of Heather Mills, a model and activist. Their love story, which blossomed rapidly, soon became a subject of intense media scrutiny and public fascination.

Mills, a figure of extraordinary courage and tenacity, had already navigated many challenges in her life. Her courage in the aftermath of a life-altering accident that cost her a leg was widely celebrated. However, the media's portrayal of her changed dramatically after she married McCartney, one of the most beloved figures in the music industry.

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John Lennon dismissed the idea that a short Beatles song is about cocaine. He also dismissed cocaine, saying caffeine is superior.

One of The Beatles‘ songs feels like it’s about a drug that isn’t generally associated with the band: cocaine. John Lennon dismissed this interpretation. He also dismissed cocaine. John Lennon said this Beatles song was inspired by a real guy.

The book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono features an interview from 1980. In it, John was asked about the song “Mean Mr. Mustard” from Abbey Road. The tune revolves around a man who puts bills up his nose — which could be interpreted as a metaphor for cocaine.

“That’s me, writing a piece of garbage,” he said. “I’d read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid five-pound notes, not up his nose but somewhere else. No, it had nothing to do with cocaine.”

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The Paul McCartney Beatles song John Lennon hated: "He made us do it a hundred million times. He did everything to make it into a single and it never was, and it never could've been"

As Beatles fans, we'll always be grateful to Peter Jackson's 2021 epic Get Back documentarty series for showing the band's final throes in a more positive, rounded and less wholly antagonistic light than the 1970 Let It Be movie. Despite the forces pulling and pushing the band apart, there's plenty of mutual respect, creative energy and, yes, fun to go around.

But the sessions did come freighted with plenty of tense moments, and there was at least one song that every Beatle except McCartney would have happily binned from those sessions, one that Lennon in particular took unambiguously against.

When Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick ran through the Abbey Road track-by-track for MusicRadar he bluntly recalled “John absolutely hated Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

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The Beatles got used to playing shows to crowds of brawling people. They shared what it was like to watch their audience fight.

In the Beatles’ earliest concerts, they played for crowds who seemed to be out for blood. Their audiences picked fights with staff at the venues, brawled with one another, and sprayed tear gas as the band played. They shared what it was like to constantly have this kind of chaos happening during their shows.  The Beatles played to tough, violent crowds in their early concerts.

The Beatles’ first big break came when they traveled to Hamburg. Here, they learned how to play to an audience and work together onstage. They also learned how to continue to perform in the face of tumult.

“The problem with the nightclubs in Hamburg was that most of the waiters and the barmen were gangsters,” George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology. “They were tough guys, anyway; they were fighters, and there would always be fights.”

Their audiences were so predictably violent that the band knew which songs would whip them into a frenzy. They even learned to play, at least temporarily, through a haze of tear gas.


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George Harrison wrote a Beatles song while horribly jetlagged. Here's why a Beatles associate thought it was a simpler song than expected.

In the latter half of the 1960s, George Harrison began writing more songs for The Beatles. While he hadn’t had much interest in songwriting early in the band’s career, he took it more seriously in later years. He was so dedicated to songwriting that he wrote one song while reeling from jetlag.

In 1967, Harrison traveled to Los Angeles with his wife, Pattie Boyd, road manager, Neil Aspinall, and friend, Alex Mardas. He went from the airport to his rental home, where Beatles press officer Derek Taylor was due to meet him. Taylor was running late, though.

“By the time we got there the song was virtually intact,” Taylor said, per the book A Hard Day’s Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner. “Of course, at the time I felt very bad. Here were these two wretchedly jetlagged people and we were about two hours late.”

Still, Harrison used the wait time to write “Blue Jay Way,” a song he named after the street where he was staying.

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  Sir Paul McCartney is a music icon who has a special bond with his youngest daughter, Beatrice.
Her birth was a "kind of miracle" for him and his ex-wife Heather Mills who lost a limb when she was 25.
McCartney raised his daughter without a nanny and kept her away from the limelight.

Sir Paul McCartney, the iconic musician with a career that spans several decades, is not only celebrated for his unmatched contributions to music but also for his role as a devoted father. Among the many milestones in his life, the birth of his daughter is a significant chapter, that came as a surprise for both McCartney and his then-wife Heather Mills.

Their daughter's arrival came under unique circumstances, marking a tender milestone in their lives as McCartney already had adult children and Mills believed it was unlikely she would ever bear a child. Despite his age and fame, McCartney's approach to fatherhood with his youngest child was remarkably down-to-earth.

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Paul McCartney was thrilled to put out a new Beatles song in 1995. Producer George Martin wasn't as sure about the finished product.

In 1995, The Beatles released “Free as a Bird,” their first new song in years. John Lennon originally wrote it in 1977, and his surviving bandmates worked on it years later. While the song was a success on the charts, longtime Beatles producer George Martin wasn’t sure how he felt about it. He gave it his stamp of approval but felt it sounded a bit odd.
George Martin wasn’t sure about the finished product of a late Beatles song

At the start of 1994, Paul McCartney called Yoko Ono to wish her a happy New Year. Through this conversation and further ones, they began discussing the possibility of working on some of Lennon’s home demos and releasing them as Beatles songs.

“I liked ‘Free As A Bird’ immediately,” McCartney said in the book A Hard Day’s Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner. “I liked the melody. It had strong chords and it really appealed to me…”

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Ringo Starr recently revealed details about a new EP titled Crooked Boy on which he collaborated with songwriter/producer Linda Perry. Now the former Beatles drummer has announced that the four-song collection will be released as a limited-edition colored-vinyl disc as part of the 2024 Record Store Day event on April 20.

The EP will be available on black-and-white marble vinyl exclusively at independent record stores. Only 2000 copies of the vinyl disc will be sold.

“I’m really excited to be releasing an exclusive edition of my EP Crooked Boy for Record Store Day this year,” Starr wrote in a message on his social media sites. “I’ve always loved record stores from 81 Renshaw or Brian’s North End Music Store in Liverpool to Tower Records and Amoeba Records in [Los Angeles] and I support them with Peace and Love.”

Crooked Boy features four songs that were all written by Perry, who also produced the EP. Starr shared information about the project in a video update he posted on his in early February. The names of the songs on the EP are “February Sky,” “Adeline,” “Gonna Need Someone,” and “Crooked Boy.” Strokes guitarist details

George Harrison quit The Beatles on January 10, 1969. He was persuaded to rejoin the band after just a few days but faced other obstacles soon after. He had his tonsils removed just a week after the famous rooftop concert and then faced an arrest for possession of cannabis the following month. It was a winter that had taken its toll on the quiet Beatle.

After several weeks of not even playing guitar, Harrison found himself in the garden of his friend Eric Clapton’s house, just trying to avoid the reality of what the business of The Beatles had become. He would write a song that would go on to become the most streamed of the entire Beatles catalog despite the fact it was not released as a single. Let’s take a look at the story behind “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo
Here comes the sun
And I say, it’s alright

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Did The Beatles ever come to Israel? Despite plans at the height of Beatlemania to bring the Fab Four to Israel, only two of them would ever make it, albeit decades later.

Sixty years after the birth of Beatlemania in America, you may wonder what any of this has to do with Israel. When The Beatles were in New York in February 1964, Ringo Starr was asked what plans the group had for that year. He specifically mentioned upcoming concerts in Israel and South Africa.

Both shows were eventually canceled, and the closest Beatlemania ever came to our borders that year was when The Beatles flew from London to Hong Kong for a performance that was to kick off their tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Their BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) airliner landed at Beirut Airport to refuel. There, they were met by hundreds of young Beatles fans who tried to storm the plane. The local police actually found it necessary to use fire-fighting foam to hold the crowds back. Afterward, the aircraft was able to leave without any further incident.

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The Beatles: In Review - Saturday, February 17, 2024

I don’t know anyone else who has a good knowledge of the Beatles except for maybe a Houghton professor and a sibling, but I’ve been listening to the Beatles since I was about 7 or 8. The first instance I was introduced to this classic boy band was Yellow Submarine, a jukebox musical adaptation, based on the song of the name, released in 1968. The story focuses on a fantasy world that is taken over by henchmen called the Blue Meanies and numerous other villains who despise music-making. A captain, Fred, then travels to Liverpool, London to seek help from the fab-four to return to Pepperland and bring music back into the paradise. The film uses a lot of unique art styles done by Czech-German Heinz Edelmann; however the voices for the Beatles were done by counterpart actors with a live-action sequence at the end of the film of the original members. Growing up, I often overheard my sibling, who is also a Beatles fan, listening to a handful of albums throughout the day including, Rubber Soul, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts, White Album, Abbey Road and a handful of others. Recently I began collecting vinyls and my first Beatles record, as a birthday present, was Rubber Soul, which has been in my top 3 favorites for some details

John Lennon and Paul McCartney worked closely together on 'A Hard Day's Night.' Here are Lennon's favorite songs from the film.

In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr starred in their first film, A Hard Day’s Night. They acted in the film and wrote music to go with it. While Lennon found some portions of the movie embarrassing, he was happy with the songs he wrote with McCartney. Here are Lennon’s favorite songs from A Hard Day’s Night.

As with most of The Beatles’ early albums, Lennon and McCartney took over songwriting duties. They wrote all 13 tracks on the album together. Lennon said it was a challenge, though they enjoyed working on it.

“Paul and I enjoyed writing the music for the film. There were times when we honestly thought we’d never get the time to write all the material,” Lennon said in The Beatles Anthology. “But we managed to get a couple finished while we were in Paris. And three more completed in America, while we were soaking up the sun on Miami Beach.”

Lennon said he had four favorite songs from the album.

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