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Who was John Lennon named after? Why?

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Liverpool was heavily bombed in 1940 Contrary to Aunt Mimi’s later recollection, John Lennon was not born during an air-raid. The shadow of the Second World War was, however, very apparent at his birth. 

Who was Anil Bhagwat? What makes him unusual?

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Which classical composers most influenced The Beatles?

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What did George Martin want as The Beatles first release?

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'Love Me Do' is Paul's song. He wrote it when he was a teenager. Let me think. I might have helped on the middle eight, but I couldn't swear to it. I do know he had the song around, in Hamburg, even, way, way before we were songwriters"  John Lennon in David Sheff's : All We Are Saying). [8]   For their first single, George Martin wanted The Beatles to record a promising song by Mitch Murray, a young British songwriter.   I was convinced that How Do You Do It was a hit song. Not a great piece of songwriting, not the most marvellous song I had ever heard in my life, but I thought it had that essential ingredient which would appeal to a lot of people.   The boys stubbornly refused, 'We couldn't sing that in Liverpool,' they told him. 'We want to record one of our own songs.' Reluctantly, Martin allowed them to record LOVE ME DO - the song he considered the best of a bad bunch.   Read full story (free) on Medium (3 minutes)

Which four Beatles songs mention Queen Elizabeth II?

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The Beatles collect their MBEs - contrary to myth they were  thrilled to get them Paul McCartney has often expressed his admiration for Queen Elizabeth, who came to power five years before he joined The Quarrymen.  We all kind of liked the Queen. It’s an age thing. We were kids when she was crowned, so to us she was like a glamorous film star. We identified with her. She’s ours. She’s the Queen.   Interview with the Radio Times, September 2019 The Beatles with Princess Margaret. The four Beatles tracks which mention the late Queen Elizabeth II are:  Penny Lane For You Blue Mean Mr Mustard Her Majesty Read more  (free) Free Beatles Teaching Materials

Why is part of Michelle in French?

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Nam Ngô "Michelle" was a tune that I'd written in  Chet Atkins ' finger-picking style. There is a song he did called "Trambone" with a repetitive top line, and he played a bass line while playing a melody. I wanted to write something with a melody and a bass line in it ... an instrumental in C. [5] Creating beautiful melodies came naturally to Paul McCartney. He had to work harder, to find the words that go together well .  Especially in a language he did not speak. For Michelle inspiration came from inspiration from unlikely sources. These included a mistranslated Edith Piaf song and an a party trick he had used in his teens to attract girls. He also drew heavily on the linguistic knowledge of  Jan Vaughan, the wife of one of his oldest friends. Read More (4 minutes on Medium)

Did the Beatles record songs in foreign languages?

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The Beatles recorded four songs in German, though only two were officially released. 

Who was Pete Best?

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Pete Best was The Beatles drummer from August 1960 until August 1962. He was with them in Hamburg and at their first Abbey Road recording session. He played an important role in establishing The Beatles popularity in Hamburg and Liverpool, but had a slightly distant relationship with the others. By the summer of 1962 the other Beatles were plotting against him. Using the pretext that George Martin had rejected his drumming as sub-standard they approached Ringo Starr, an old friend of the band from Hamburg.  Read the full story behind the sacking of Best (free on Medium 6 mins) The Beatles: free teaching materials

Which Beatle came from the poorest background?

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The Everton area of Liverpool, 1960 All four Beatles had what Mark Lewisohn calls ‘unvarnished working class roots’ in an industrial city that had seen better days. Two (Paul and George) spent their formative years living in social housing in areas that were solidly proletarian but not particularly associated with high crime rates or other social issues. Neither considered themselves to be poor by the standards of their peers. John Lennon On paper, John Lennon's early childhood was a textbook example of the social deprivation often experienced by single parent families in the mid Twentieth century. Though his biological parents were legally married they never lived together and effectively separated soon after his birth. John initially lived with is mother, Julia. Economic insecurity (she relied on bar work) poor accommodation shared with her then boyfriend and 'unsuitable relationships' all caused concern in her family. Her sister, Mimi, reported Julia to Liverpool soci

Why was the Walrus Paul'?

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John Lennon cheerfully admitted that he had had 'no idea' who or what was the 'eggman' was in 'I am the Walrus'.