Beatles : Some lesser known facts

Courtesy : Shaishav GandhiProgrammer, Musician : Quora

These completely blew me over and I consider myself a Beatles fanatic 😛

  • The version of Love Me Do appearing in the Please Please Me album had drums performed by Andy White, a session drummer and not Ringo. The single version however, did feature Ringo
  • Got To Get You Into My Life is a drugs song. Paul himself admitted that much in an interview.
  • Hard Day’s Night has a version completely on the sitar! Listen to it here:
  • They wrote a song every two weeks. 237 songs in 8 years comes down to that.
  • A Hard Day’s Night and Tomorrow Never Knows titles were both suggested by Ringo!
  • Ringo’s real name is Richard Starkey

 

  • Across The Universe was the first song to be broadcasted into space. Here Comes The Sun was a close second.
  • Good Day Sunshine was performed by Paul live for ISS Astronauts.
  • The Hard Day’s Night opening chord is a mystery which was only recently solved.
  • No Reply was written by John in response to criticism that the Beatles’ songs never told any stories and were never complete
  • The Beatles had six number 1 hits in 1964

 

  • It’s said that Help, released in 1965, was the first cry for help from John Lennon with the stress he got from being so famous.
  • You’ve Gotta Hide Your Love Away was just John trying to do a Bob Dylan. Additionally it is rumoured to be about Brian Epstein, who was gay, and how he has to hide his love away.
  • John and Brian Epstein had gone on a holiday together. When someone suggested that they had done some stuff, John attacked that man and didn’t let go.
  • Yesterday is the most covered song in history
  • Norwegian Wood was about an affair that Lennon had.
  • You Won’t See Me was about Paul being upset about not seeing his girlfriendJane Asher as she was moving out of town for work. The story goes that The Beatles were short 3 songs for Rubber Soul and had only a day to go. Paul plucked this one out from the air and recorded it within a day.
  • Nowhere Man was the first non-love Beatles song.
  • I’m Looking Through You was written by Paul about Jane Asher and his dissatisfaction with their relationship. You don’t look different, but you have changed…
  • In My Life was originally meant to be a travelogue about the places John had been to. In fact it was initially called Places. It has references to Stuart too, who had died by that time.
  • I’m Only Sleeping was probably the first song to feature reverse guitaring. Harrison spent hours and hours getting the notes right, to give it a dreamy feel as the song demanded
  • She Said She Said was about a women that John met at their house on a holiday. They were all high and she said “I know what it’s like to be dead” which completely pissed off John.
  • And Your Bird Can Sing was rumoured to be about Mick Jagger’s girlfriend who was a singer. Bird is a British slang for girlfriend.
  • Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to pot
  • Doctor Robert was an acid song. It was about a doctor who sold drugs to rich patients along with valid medicine.
  • Tomorrow Never Knows was one of the first psychedelic songs. The vocals are put through a rotating Leslie speaker. Lennon bought a book which instructed on a near death experience, which inspired the lyrics.
  • Sgt Pepper’s is the first album to have a lyric book
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was about a drawing that Julian had drawn in school. It was also rumoured to be about LSD.
  • She’s Leaving Home is about an incident of a girl running away from her home, which appeared in the newspaper.
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite was written by Lennon after he saw a hundred year old poster for a circus. The lyrics were inspired from the contents of the poster.
  • A Day In The Life is about multiple incidents. The start is about an MP dying in a car accident which appeared in the newspaper. A part of it is inspired by Lennon’s involvement in a war film. And the last part about the holes is also from a newspaper clipping.
  • I am the Walrus was written by Lennon as a nonsense song when he came to know that some professor was deciphering his lyrics in class.
  • All You Need Is Love was the first song to be broadcasted around the world.
  • Dear Prudence is about Prudence Farrow who was a fellow devotee at the ashram in Hrishikesh. She was very serious about the yoga exercises and never ventured out of her hut. John wrote this song in reference to her urging her to venture out and take in nature and it’s delights.
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill is about a young man who the Beatles had met at the ashram. The young man periodically went hunting for tigers in the past time, something that enraged Lennon. Also, this is one of the first songs to feature Yoko, Maureen and probably Pattie as backing vocalists.
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps was written by Harrison after reading I Ching which stated that everything is relative as opposed to Western view of everything being coincidental. Testing this theory, Harrison decided to write a song based on the first thing he sees in a book and he saw ‘gently weeps’
  • Happiness Is A Warm Gun is one of the first progressive songs. It had a sexual reference i.e gun = male reproductive organ
  • Blackbird is about racial problems in the United States
  • Julia is a song dedicated to Lennon’s mother. It also has a Yoko Ono reference.
  • Mother Nature’s Son was written by Paul after a lecture by the Maharishi. Lennon wrote a song about that lecture too, which later went on to be Jealous Guy (much modified from the original)
  • Sexy Sadie was written by Lennon about sexual allegations against the Maharishi. The song was originally called Maharishi and had lyrics like :Maharishi, you little twat/Who the fuck do you think you are?/Who the fuck do you think you are?/Oh, you cunt. If you sing it with the tune, they fit perfectly. The allegations were later proved baseless and Harrison apologized publicly.
  • Good Night was written as a lullaby by Lennon for his son. He insisted Ringo sing it and insisted that it have a lush Hollywood-ish orchestration.
  • Abbey Road was a major point of argument between Lennon-McCartney. McCartney wanted that the entire album be done in a medley fashion, while Lennon didn’t agree. Eventually they compromised with Side 2 being the medley.
  • Come Together was under allegations of plagiarism as Lennon had used the term Come Together which was used as a campaign slogan by a politician. The allegations were later settled.
  • Something was written by Harrison for his wife Pattie Boyd, who later inspired Clapton to write Wonderful Tonight.
  • Here Comes The Sun was written by George Harrison in the garden of Eric Clapton. Clapton was still asleep and Harrison doodled on the guitar, coming up with this gem.
  • Mean Mr. Mustard was written by Lennon about a person in India who lived as a pauper and buried all his money in the ground.
  • She Came In Through The Bathroom Window was about a fan who broke in to McCartney’s house through a bathroom window.
  • Carry That Weight was written by Paul towards the end of the Beatles’ time. The song is symbolized to be about how the Beatles will never be able to match what they’ve done, individually. Turns out, he was right.
  • Let It Be was recorded before Abbey Road but was released later.
  • Two of Us was written by Paul. It was rumoured to be about his relation with Lennon. You and I had memories, longer than the road that’s stretching out ahead. The song was also referenced by Steve Jobs to symbolize his relation with Bill Gates.
  • Get Back is reportedly Paul trying to tell Yoko to get back where you once belonged 🙂
  • Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” for Julian Lennon, John’s son.

My personal favorite pic:)


Henry Grossman, John Lennon, Paul  McCartney and George Harrison in a photo Ringo took during “Help!”  filming


  • Death(?) of Paul McCartney
    Kruti Munot has perfectly summarized all these facts with an amazing theory behind Paul McCartney’s death(?).I came across one such mind blowing theory while surfing on internet.

    1. THE FUNERAL

    The procession of The Beatles across the zebra crossing, say the conspiracy theorists, represents Paul’s funeral.
    John Lennon leads in a white suit and symbolises the preacher; Ringo Starr is the mourner, dressed in black; George Harrison, in scruffy shirt and trousers, denotes the grave-digger; Paul is wearing an old suit and is the only one who is barefoot.
    He later explained that he began the shoot wearing sandals but, because it was a hot day, he kicked them off.
    The theorists believed that if this was the case, the hot tarmac would be too uncomfortable. This, they argued, was a sign that Paul was the corpse.

    2. THE CIGARETTE

    Paul McCartney is left-handed, but here holds his cigarette in his right hand. At the time, cigarettes were commonly referred to as ‘coffin nails’. This, therefore, could be seen as a message that Paul’s ‘coffin lid’ had been nailed down and that the man in the picture was a lookalike.
    Paul is also out of step with the other band members. Each of the others has his left leg forward, but Paul has his right leg forward – again marking him out as different.

    3. THE REGISTRATION PLATE

    The white VW Beetle in the background has the registration LMW 28IF – 28 being the age conspiracy theorists say Paul would have been IF he hadn’t ‘died’.
    In fact, Paul was 27 when Abbey Road was released – but fortunately for the theorists, Indian mystics count a person’s age from conception, not birth, in which case Paul would have indeed been 28 at the time.
    Besides, the band were famously followers of the Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It has also been suggested that the LMW stands for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps’ – referring to his new wife whom he had married earlier that year.

    4. THE SPECTATORS

    In the background, a small group of people dressed in white stand on one side of the road, while a lone person stands on the other.
    Is this meant to be Paul, alone and different from the others?

    5. THE POLICE VAN

    On the right-hand side of the road is a black police van, believed to be a reference to the police who kept quiet about Paul’s ‘death’.
    According to legend, the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, bought their silence, and the presence of the Maria is meant as another subtle thank you.

    6. THE LINE OF CARS

    A line can be traced from the VW Beetle to the three cars in front of it. If it is drawn connecting their right wheels it runs straight through Paul’s head, with theorists suggesting that means Paul sustained a head injury because of a car crash.

    7. THE BLOODSTAIN

    On the Australian version of the album, the cover showed what could be a bloodstain splattered on the road just behind Ringo and John, supposedly backing claims of a road accident.

    Source and more on – Pictured: The Beatles album cover that started a decades-long conspiracy theory

 

I knew 12 out of these. How many did you ?

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