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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.

Who was the tallest Beatle?

'Evidence' of an alleged height disparity  One thing we can all agree on — none of The Beatles needed to worry about banging their heads on low ceilings or door frames. 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. Full story  here  (3 minute read) Free Beatles Teaching Materials

How many records have The Beatles sold?

Before they broke-up, The Beatles sold far more singles that LPs. The album, as it became known, was a luxury item - well beyond the financial  reach of the core teenage market. Singles generally outsold albums until the early seventies. The Beatles released a total of 63 singles worldwide By 2014, the official figure for US single sales was an astonishing 1.6 billion . Estimated world sales were over 2 billion .  Studio Albums The Beatles officially released 13 albums, plus three anthologies They had a total of 21 Number 1 albums in the US.  Total US album sales are estimated at around 177 million Album sales outside of the US are in excess of 600 million .  The Beatles  (The White Album) is the biggest selling studio album. It has sold over 24 million copies. Later acts, like Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Michael Jackson, all  benefited from the increasing availability of affordable stereo systems. Older fans were now buying Beatles albums in large numbers but these

Which classical composers influenced The Beatles?

None of The Beatles had a background in classical music. Paul McCartney's (jazz musician) father would turn the radio off if a classical record came on.  George did, however, learn one classical 'party-piece' in his early teens, which he taught to Paul. Neither boy the title but they had the vague idea that it was by Bach. They would later learn that it was BourrĂ©e from the E Minor Lute Suite — and that they had been playing it inaccurately. A decade later the Bourree would directly inspire one of Paul McCartney’s most famous compositions. Full article (4 minutes) free here

Which four Beatles songs mention Queen Elizabeth II?

The Beatles with Princess Margaret. 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 There are  four Beatles tracks which mention Queen Elizabeth II:  Penny Lane, For You Blue, Mean Mr Mustard   and Her Majesty . Read more  (free) Free Beatles Teaching Materials


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