Fabulous Facts Behind The Most Influential Band In Music History, The Beatles

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came to prominence once the decade turned. Their music was influenced by a popular fifties genre, skiffle. Their songs are beloved, hated, or extensively analyzed by generations of music fans.

The fab four made the world go round as there really was something about this group that seemed to reach out to everyone. From their early beginnings to a disastrous breakup, it’s no wonder why the Beatles are still relevant to this day.

The Core Trio Of Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison Went Through Numerous Drummers

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John Lennon started the band in 1957 called the Quarrymen. Lennon asked Paul McCartney to join, who brought in George Harrison.

They had a drummer whenever they could. Pete Best started out as the group’s original drummer from 1960 to 1962. Ringo Starr eventually replaced Best when the group’s manager, Brian Epstein, exiled Best.

The “Beatles” Name Was A Tribute To Buddy Holly And His Band The Crickets

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In 1960, Lennon’s art school friend, Stuart Sutcliffe, suggested changing the band’s name to the Beatles, as a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

Then, they became the Silver Beetles, but that didn’t take long to switch the name to the Silver Beatles. By the end of the year, they dropped “Silver” to become The Beatles.

“Love Me Do” Was The Group’s First Single

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McCartney primarily wrote the debut single in 1959. The song features Lennon’s harmonica with duet vocals by him and McCartney.

Three different versions of the single were released, each with a different number. “Love Me Do” was the fourth of six songs to hit #1 in a one-year period by the fab four. Fun fact: Lennon & McCartney wrote a song for their friends in a well-known band. Guess which band they wrote, “I Wanna Be Your Man” shortly.

Ringo’s Real Name Is Richard Starky

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The drummer was called “Ritchie” by his mother in his youth. The nickname “Ring” reportedly came from his habit of wearing a ton of jewelry, particularly on his wrist and fingers.

While at a holiday camp, he switched it to “Ringo” to sound more like a cowboy.

The Letters The Beatles Are Spelling Out For Help! Does Not Say HELP

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The album cover shows the four Beatles with their arms positioned to spell a word in flag semaphore.

When they did the shot spelling out ‘HELP, it didn’t look right, so they went with two different ones. On the US release, the letters formed by the group appear as “NVUJ” whereas the UK release appears to have “NUJV.”

“I Wanna Be Your Man” Was Released As A Single By The Rolling Stones

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The infamous partnership of Lennon-McCartney penned the song which was released by their British counterparts.

The duo finished the song in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking over coffee. The Beatles’ version was sung by Ringo on the sophomore album, With The Beatles. What was Strawberry Fields all about? It may have to do with the childhood of one of the four members. That’s still on the way.

A Dentist Introduced The Group To LSD

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Bob Dylan introduced them to marijuana and dentist John Riley got George Harrison and John Lennon into LCD. Riley hosted George, John, and their wives for a dinner party.

He slipped some LSD into their after-dinner coffee, with Lennon expressing his dissatisfaction after he found out. But, that led to some misadventures with Harrison’s wife attempting to smash a store window after they took an elevator to a nightclub.

In 1966, They Stopped Touring For Several Reasons

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The “More popular than Jesus” comment by Lennon, performance difficulties and an artistic focus were the reasons why the Beatles stopped touring in 1966.

There last final show was at Candlestick Park in San Fransisco on August 29. After the tour wrapped up, they focused extensively on making records.

“Strawberry Fields” Is Based On A Salvation Army Children’s Home Near Where Lennon Grew Up

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The Salvation Army is near where Lennon lived in Woolton, Liverpool. Except, that the place has no ‘s’ on the end, hence it’s Strawberry Fields.

Lennon wrote the song while filming for a role in How I Won The War. The late Beatle drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing in the garden where he grew up. The BBC decided to cut the cord on a select few Beatles songs. The reason why is just ahead.

70 Or So Famous People Appear On The Album Cover Of Sgt. Peppers

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There are about seventy or so famous, and not so famous people on the cover on Sgt. Peppers.

Carl Jung, Edgar Allen Poe, Bob Dylan and Marilyn Monroe are notable figures who make an appearance. The one that stood out the most was Stuart Sutcliffe, the original bassist for the group. Sutcliffe passed away in 1962 due to an aneurysm in his brain.

Brian Epstein Was The Mediator Whenever The Group Had A Disagreement

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Epstein first discovered the band in November 1961. The band’s early success has been attributed to their manager’s style, and the band trusted him no matter what. In addition to handling their business affairs, Epstein was a mediator for personal disputes within the group.

After their manager’s unfortunate death on August 27, 1967, it was the beginning of the end for the fab four.

The BBC Banned Several Beatles Songs

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“I Am The Walrus,” “Fixing A Hole,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” were all banned for drug references.

The first featured the word “knickers,” and “Fixing A Hole” was an ode to pot and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” has the most obvious acronym “LSD.” The hardcore fans might know about the next song. It was inspired by one of the members’ pet dog, Martha.

Lennon Made A Remark That McCartney’s Only Contribution To The Group Was Creating “Silly Love Songs”

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Lennon and many other critics believed McCartney wrote noting but lightweight love songs. So, McCartney responded with “Silly Love Songs,” released in 1976, co-written by McCartney and his wife Linda.

To add more salt to the wound, the single by Wings spent five weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the song received positive reviews.

Yoko Ono Was NOT The Reason For Their Breakup

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Despite the breakup being a long and exhausting process, Yoko Ono isn’t to blame here.

Both Harrison and Starr left the group numerous times from 1968-1970, and all four members had begun solo projects. Essentially, everybody was just tired of the band’s unhealthy rivalry as they wanted to go there own way.

“Martha My Dear” Was Inspired By Paul’s Sheepdog, Martha

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McCartney had said that the song itself is also about his longtime love interest, Jane Asher. In 1968, Asher broke off their engagement and McCartney was sure to express himself with the lyric ‘When you find yourself in the thick of it, help yourself to a bit of what is all around you.”

Asher was an inspiration to many of McCartney’s songs. What was the last song the Beatles recorded together? More information on that sad fact in a bit.

Paul & Ringo Are The Only Beatles Knighted

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Call them Sir Paul and Sir Ringo. Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William on March 20, 2018.

The drummer even used his real name for the ceremony too. However, McCartney was the first to be knighted when he received the high-honor in 1997.

The Famous Abbey Road Picture Has A Prequel

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The final album cover photograph of the fab four walking in time came from a series of eight shots.

Paul’s wife, Linda, happened to be standing by with her camera to catch this elderly lady talk to Ringo. Despite having their differences at the time, fans could hope that the four Beatles came off as kind to the lady.

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” Was The Last Time All Four Beatles Were In The Studio

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Not only was this the first song recorded for the album but one of the last songs to be finished by all four Beatles together on August 20, 1969.

The song from Abbey Road was an unusual composition for many reasons, mainly because of the length, limited lyrics and a three-minutes descent through repeated guitar chords.

The Tribute Band Rain Was Formed In 1975

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Rain gives audience members the experience of seeing the Beatles songs performed live. They’re the longest-running Beatles tribute act which has appeared on Broadway and toured for years.

The show provides a chronological history of the Beatles and their music. For legal reasons, Rain never calls themselves by the names of the real members of the group.

McCartney Filed A Lawsuit Against The Other Beatles

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On December 31, 1970, McCartney filed a lawsuit for dissolution of the Beatles’ contractual partnership with the other members and Apple Corps.

The main reason he sued was the band’s decision to appoint Rolling Stones manager Allen Kelin as their manager. McCartney’s concerns about Kellin were true as the other three sued by 1977.