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Which Beatle came from the most musical family?

None of The Beatles came from families where early piano or recorder lessons were then norm. Music came into their lives via  he radio and records played on primitive players. Classical music was consciously avoided - the radio would be switched over or off when it came on in the McCartney home.  Musical instruments were around, but not learned in a systematic way. Julia Lennon played banjo and occasionally sang in local pubs.  A lodger did provide John with a harmonica, which he intermittently played when he was young. Ringo had to make do with a toy drum proveded by a kindly hospital visitor. Generally, music was seen as a diversion, rather than a potential source of income. The major exception was Paul’s father, Jim.,  Jim McCartney sang and gigged in local ragtime groups and  his work’s brass band.  He had taught himself various instruments including the piano, double bass and the E-flat tuba.  This musical curiosity was passed down to his two sons. They grew up watching their dad

What Paul McCartney 's first instrument?

Jim bought Paul his first instrument  for his fourteenth birthday. It was intended to help distract him after the recent death of his mother.  The trumpet was accompanied by some lessons - which Paul was unkeen on continuing. It seems they introduced him to at least some basic musical theory I persevered with the trumpet for a while. I learnt ‘The Saints’, which I can still play in C. I learnt my C scale, and a couple of things. Though Paul ‘loved’ trumpet, there were practical problems. ...I realised that I wasn’t going to be able to sing with this thing stuck in my mouth, so I asked my dad if he’d mind if I swapped it for a guitar, which also fascinated me. He didn’t, and I traded my trumpet in for an acoustic guitar, a Zenith, which I still have. How The Beatles learned to play

How did George Martin improve Please, Please Me?

  In his later years, George Martin expressed a robust opinion about the early Lennon and McCartney originals. The songs the Beatles first gave me were crap. This was 1962 and they played a dreadful version of 'Please Please Me' as a Roy Orbison-style ballad. Paul McCartney has a slightly different take, emphasising that Martin rejected the tempo rather than the song itself  Origin PLEASE PLEASE ME was a John Lennon original and a calculated attempt to emulate the Big O, then a rising star I remember the day I wrote it, I heard Roy Orbison doing Only The Lonely, or something. And I was also always intrigued by the words to a Bing Crosby song that went, 'Please lend a little ear to my pleas'. The double use of the word 'please'. So it was a combination of Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby. George Martin was not initially impressed. He gave  PLEASE PLEASE ME a resounding thumbs down: I listened to it and I said: 'Do you know that's too boring for words? It's

Which Beatle came from the poorest background?

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) lived in social housing, but neither believed themselves to be poor. Paul was astonished by what he perceived to the the poshness of John's home - marvelling that John called Mimi rather than the 'Auntie' he was used to. From Aunt Mimi's perspective, George was very much from the wrong side of the tracks and she spoke disapprovingly of his strong accent ('he's very 'dose', John). By more objective measures, the Harrison family had modest means but were reasonably comfortable by local working class standards. One future Beatles did experience a Dickensian childhood combining poverty, ill health and paternal abandonment. The then Richard Starkey would not meet the other Beatles until October, 1960. Ringo Starr was not around to visit Mendips in the late 1950s. Had he done

Which Beatles songs did Ringo write?

Ringo has never aspired to be a principal songwriter.  He has two sole writing credits: Don't Pass Me By on The Beatles/White Album and  Octopus's Garden.   He also a joint writing credit on several other song - sometimes ones he sang on.  What Goes On  (Rubber Soul) (Lennon-McCartney-Starr) Flying (Magical Mystery Tour) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) Dig It  (Let It Be) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) Maggie May " (Let It Be) (tradi: adaptation by Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) Post-Beatles Releases In the 1990s, the Anthology series saw the release of studio out-takes and a controversial attempt to reunite the four Beatles for a single (Free as a Bird Free As a Bird (Anthology 1) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) Christmastime (Is Here Again ) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) 12-Bar Original Anthology 2) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) Los Paranoias (Anthology 3) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) The story behind Octopus's Garden Free Beatles Te

Why did John & Yoko get married in Gibraltar?

The famous image of John & Yoko standing in front of the Rock of Gibraltar was very much on brand. What greater symbol of the eternity of their love? It was, however, a wedding location chosen out of necessity rather than a carefully thought out mission statement. The decision to marry was taken spontaneously, though it did occur on the day following the wedding of Paul and Linda. Not that the future Lennon-Onos attended - none of The Beatles did. But on the way home from Mimi's they decided to follow suit - immediately.  There were a few hurdles to overcome. They wanted to marry abroad but did not have their passports with them. Other proposed venues - like Paris - had boring rules and paperwork.  Gibraltar, very much in the UK. It was, perhaps, un poco provocative to describe it as  'near Spain' but legally that was pretty much the case. So the Rock rocked as far the bride and bridegroom were concerned. Among those less thrilled were Cynthia Lennon and General Franc

Why did the Beatles stop performing live?

We were the best live band in the world before we were famous. Nobody could touch us  John Lennon.

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