17 Reasons The Beatles Will Always Rock On
The Beatles are talked about as one of the best bands of all times but surprisingly none of The Beatles could even read music! Although they could play the guitar, and wrote their own lyrics, they never learned how to read music.
They did know the chords and knew where middle C was on a piano. In a 1980 interview with Playboy, John Lennon said: “I think Paul and Ringo stand up with any of the rock musicians. Not technically great — none of us are technical musicians. None of us could read music. None of us can write it. But as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, they are as good as anybody”
Paul is the only one of The Beatles who attempted to learn how to read music. He tried to take piano lessons from his girlfriend’s mother but did not have the time or the patience. None of the others even tried.
Looks like Justin Bieber isn’t the first to have snackfood thrown at him on stage. During a Beatles performance it was George Harrison who was hit in the eye with a Jelly Baby. It seems the Beatles didn’t like having sweets thrown at them on stage, mostly due to how fans would bombard them with Jelly Babies after George said in an interview how he liked them.
Fans throwing candy became such a problem that the Beatles had to actively dodge them during performances and George ultimately wrote a letter to a fan asking her to stop. In the letter, George Harrison said “We don’t like Jelly Babies, or Fruit Gums for that matter, so think how we feel standing on stage trying to dodge the stuff, before you throw some more at us.
Couldn't you eat them yourself, besides it is dangerous. I was hit in the eye once with a boiled sweet, and it's not funny!' It seems like a lot of fuss for fans to so frequently buy candy only to throw it on stage, but apparently that’s just what Beatlemania did to people.
The Beatles are the only artists to hold all of the Top Five spots on the Billboard charts at once.
During the week of April 4, 1964, The Beatles held twelve positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including the top five positions. Neither feat has been been matched by any artist to date.
Since you’re surely wondering, here are those 12 singles and their chart positions that week:
- “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1)
- “Twist and Shout” (2)
- “She Loves You” (3)
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (4)
- “Please Please Me” (5)
- “I Saw Her Standing There” (31)
- “From Me to You” (41)
- “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (46)
- “All My Loving” (58)
- “You Can’t Do That” (65)
- “Roll Over Beethoven” (68)
- “Thank You Girl” (79)
The following week, two additional songs made the chart (“Love Me Do” and “There’s a Place”), giving The Beatles FOURTEEN singles in the Hot 100! They also held the top two slots on the album charts that week.
The Beatles were originally supposed to voice the vultures in The Jungle Book.
The Beatles’ manager had worked out an agreement with Walt Disney for the group to perform in the film, but this dream was shot down when he approached the group with the idea. John Lennon reportedly shouted, “There’s no way the Beatles are going to sing for Mickey ****-ing Mouse!” Nevertheless, the four vultures are still modeled after the Fab Four, and the final product retains the Liverpool accent and mop-top haircuts as an homage to the group (the quiet vulture with the shaggy hair is a dead ringer for George!).
Much as I would’ve liked to have seen the Beatles in a Disney movie, I think I prefer the barbershop music anyway:
In 1964, The Beatles tried to buy the 14-acre Trinity Island off the coast of the Greek island of Euboea, which, incidentally, is in the shape of a guitar. This failed, because the owners were not interested in a sale.
Lennon was still interested in buying or leasing an island to live on together, and discussed it with the other Beatles in 1967. Their friend Mardas' father was a major in the Greek secret police, and Mardas explained that through him, The Beatles would have access to Greek government connections, which would speed the acquisition of an island.
On July 22, 1967, Harrison, his wife, and Ringo Starr flew to Athens, and stayed in Mardas' parents' house overnight until Lennon, McCartney, and their family could arrive. McCartney later said that while sailing around Greek islands, everybody just sat around and took LSD.
They eventually found the 80-acre island of Leslo, which had a small fishing village, four beaches and a large olive grove. Four small neighboring islands surrounded it, which would be for each Beatle. So, the island was bought for £95,000, but was sold for a modest profit a few months later after all four Beatles lost interest in the idea.
George Harrison was the lead guitarist of the Beetles and was one of the most famous men alive throughout part of his life. However, the Beetles fame seems to have attracted large amounts of unwanted attention. John Lennon’s death is perhaps the most famous, yet most people don’t know a similar incident happened to Harrison!
In 1999, Harrison was sleeping comfortably in his home with his wife when a man named Michael Abram broke into the house. He began loudly calling Harrison’s name until he came out of the bedroom. Harrison’s wife Olivia called the police while Harrison went to see what the commotion was from. Almost immediately Abram attacked Harrison with a knife, stabbing him seven times.
Harrison was severely wounded with a punctured lung and head injuries, and would have been killed if his wife hadn’t struck the assailant with a fire poker! After fifteen minutes Abram was arrested by the police, yet did not go to jail. Abram claimed God had told him to kill Harrison, which caused him to be labeled as insane. Harrison survived the attack and Abram was released after only 19 months of incarceration.
The Voyager Golden Records were phonograph records which were placed in the Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. The purpose of the records was to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, designated for any intelligent life in the universe who might find them.
The Voyager spacecrafts are still out there today, both with a long journey ahead of them. Given the time it will take for them to be near other stars (about 40,000 years for one of them), some have even suggested that before then we’ll have developed space travel superior in speed to the spacecrafts and that they’ll be obsolete long before reaching anyone.
Carl Sagan was an astronomer working on the project back in the 70’s. He had wanted “Here Comes the Sun” included on the records, and The Beatles favored the idea. Unfortunately, EMI refused to release the rights (probably because of the copyright infringing habits of aliens) and so it was not included.
Kubrick, of course is one of the best movie directors that ever lived. Some of his best known movies are '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'A Clockwork Orange,' and 'The Shining.' When the film rights to The Lord of the Rings were sold to United Artists, The Beatles tried to jump on the opportunity to make a film about it. The Lord of the Rings was a huge hit with the '60s liberation movement and it makes sense that The Beatles would take interest in a project like this.
However, Stanley Kubrick had to turn them down. For him, the stories were impossible to capture on film. Indeed, the only projects based on the property were some mediocre animated movies for a long time, until Peter Jackson made the early 2000 versions. Peter Jackson later said that Tolkien had been against the idea of The Beatles being involved with such a project. Indeed, Tolkien was very protective of his IP and reportedly set up a clause that prohibited Disney from being involved in creating a movie based on his works.
In 1986 it held the record for most recorded song. It has been covered by Elvis Presley, Boyz II Men, Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight, and James Brown. The song reportedly came to Paul McCartney in a dream and when he first played it, he wasn\'t sure if he had already heard it before. So even the writer of the song almost thought he was doing cover.
From the Guinness World Records archive.
Pete Best, former drummer for The Beatles, and Paul McCartney were deported from Germany for arson. They set condoms on fire! They burned the condoms as a source of light within their van and were then suspected for arson from the German authorities.
They were charged with trying to burn their van down. For the record, the condoms were unused.
After recording fifteen tracks for the now infamous Decca Audition, the Fab Four was told that "guitar groups are on their way out" and "the Beatles have no future in show business." Famous last words! Decca instead chose a group called the Tremoloes, who were local and would not cost as much money. This ill-fated decision is widely considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in music history!
That's right - Ringo's son and Paul's son have kids that were born on the same day, six years apart! Zak Starkey was born September 13th, 1965 and Stella McCartney came into the world the same day in 1971. Zak is an aspiring drummer just like his dad, while Stella has made her way as a fashion designer.
This is especially interesting because one of the Beatles' songs is named "Birthday," and one of its lyrics goes, "They say it's your birthday; it's my birthday, too...yeah!" I wonder if Paul and Ringo make their kids sing it to each other every year...?
The real Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children\'s home in a Liverpool suburb that John Lennon remembered from his childhood. The Salvation Army website can tell you all about it. The original building was torn down, and replaced in 1973 with a smaller children\'s home named \"John Lennon Court\". It closed in 2005 and now functions as a prayer center and artists\' studio under the name, the \"Boiler Room\".
This was back in 1964, when they were all in their early to mid 20s. Paul McCartney was once quoted saying that every mention of the words \"high\" or \"grass\" was a reference to marijuana. He eventually became an outspoken advocate for its legalization as well.
The mixup was broadcast by BBC announcer Roy Williams after Ringo had his TONSILS removed. Williams later apologized in a follow-up broadcast, saying, "I misread the item. It happens to all of us, and I bet Ringo is glad I'm not his surgeon."
The song "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by the Beatles is almost 8 minutes long but only 14 different words are sung.
6 of those words are in the title. In case you're wondering, the other eight words are It’s so bad driving me mad babe yeh. Lyrical genius unmatched.