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How were The Beatles introduced to marijuana?

The Beatles first met Dylan during their second visit to the US in August 1964. He came to visit them  in their suite at the Delmonoco Hotel in New York, accompanied by his friend Al Aronowitz.  Eager to please their super-hip guests, The Beatles offered Dylan and champagne and amphetamines. Dylan said that he only drank cheap wine and suggested that they ‘smoke some grass’ Brian and the Beatles looked at each other apprehensively. “We’ve never smoked marijuana before,” Brian finally admitted. Dylan looked disbelievingly from face to face. “But what about your song?” he asked. The one about getting high?” The Beatles were stupefied. “Which song?” John managed to ask. Dylan said, “You know…” and then he sang, “and when I touch you I get high, I get high…” John flushed with embarrassment. “Those aren’t the words,” he admitted. “The words are, ‘I can’t hide, I can’t hide, I can’t hide…'”    From The Love You Make Peter Brown Let's not Twist again In fact,  according to George Harr

What is the most recorded song of all time?

YESTERDAY was never released as a single in the UK In recent years, a strong case has been made for George Gershwin's aria SUMMERTIME, a cabaret and musical theatre staple. Some estimates suggest that there are up to 30,000 cover version, though this has not been verified. The official winner, at least according to The Guinness Book of Records (1986) began life in Wimpole Street, London    As he has recently confirmed , the melody for YESTERDAY came to Paul McCartney fully formed in a dream. It seemed so familiar that for several days that Paul remained convinced that he had subconsciously plagiarized it. Eventually, a combination of George Martin, singer Alma Colgan and John Lennon convinced him otherwise. Finding words proved a lot trickier. Worried that he would forget the tune, he created a dummy lyric with the working title ‘Scrambled Eggs’. The opening couplet was  unpromising : 'Scrambled eggs/Oh how I love your legs.'  Even with a workable lyric, YESTERDAY, posed ch

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