The Beatles FAQ

Fun stuff about the Fab Four. Linked to The Beatles Teaching Pack



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How did The Beatles get their name?



Dusty Springfield: John, this is a question which you've probably been asked a thousand times before, but you always..., all of you give different versions, different answers, so you are going to tell me now. How did the Beatles get their name?
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Did Bowie cover any Beatles songs?


In 1968 the then (mostly) unknown David Bowie tried to sing with the Beatles record label, Apple. At that time The Beatles had a policy of only signing artists they all agreed on - and at that time they barely agreed that the sun came up in the morning. After a long period without a decision Bowie gave up.  
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Who was the tallest Beatle?

'Evidence' of an alleged height disparity 
The official record has Lennon, McCartney and Harrison as the same height: 5'11" with Ringo Starr 5'8". Some have speculated that these figures are a little generous:
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Which was the first song written for Sergeant Pepper?

In August 1963 The Beatles returned to the Cavern to play what proved to be their last gig there. It proved a chaotic event with frequent power-cuts causing frequent interruptions. During one of the forced intervals, Paul McCartney calmed the crowd by playing impromptu acoustic version of an old favourite.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Who was rejected for the Sergeant Pepper album cover?


There are 87 people and props on the cover of Sergeant Pepper
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

When did The Beatles last play at the Cavern?

The last time The Beatles played the Cavern Club in Liverpool was on Saturday, August 3rd, 1963. 
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Who was 'lovely Rita, Meter Maid'?


Lovely Rita meter maid
Nothing can come between us
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Why did John Lennon not like Sergeant Pepper?

John Lennon never showed much affection for The Beatles most celebrated album. Was this because the Sergeant Pepper concept was Paul's? Not according to what John says in this interview, recorded in 1971, at the height of his feud with his former song-writing partner: 
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Why did The Beatles sack Pete Best?

'We were cowards when we sacked him'  John Lennon

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When did George Harrison stop taking LSD? Why?

The Beatles famously brought LSD to public attention. Less well known is that George Harrison became rapidly disillusioned about the effects of the drug on young people exposed to it.
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