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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

The Fifth Beatle: Jimmy Nichol?

In June 1964, The Beatles were preparing for their first world tour. During the pre-tour photoshoot, Ringo Starr was suddenly taken ill and began vomiting violently.  The stricken drummer rushed to University College Hospital where there was good and bad news. The diagnosis was severe tonsillitis - unpleasant but not serious. The bad news was that  recovery would take an estimated ten days. This meant that Ringo would miss the first stage of the tour. Brian Epstein reacted with characteristic resourcefulness. 'We've got a temporary replacement,' he announced. 'Jimmy Nichol'. Jimmy who?  'The ex-Shubdubs drummer. Now with the Blue Flames.' The name still wasn't ringing any bells. But within a day Jimmy Nichol was getting his Beatle haircut and being measured for his Beatle suit. Read more The Beatles Teaching Pack '

Did Ringo get paid the same as the other Beatles?

The Beatles were paid the same as performers (and in repeat rights etc).

Which Beatles song was inspired by a Sardinian sea captain?

Photo by  Serena Repice Lentini  on  Unsplash I'd like to be under the sea In an octopus's garden in the shade Abbey Road was not a happy working environment during the recording sessions for The White Album. Ringo, the least involved in the squabbling and backbiting, suffered the most from the emotional fall out: I couldn't take it any more. There was no magic and the relationships were terrible. I'd come to a bad spot in life. It could have been paranoia, but I just didn't feel good – I felt like an outsider. Ringo, Anthology Things came to a head during  a recording session for  Back in the USSR on the 22nd of August, 1968. The precise trigger point is unknown but at some point Ringo snapped. After telling John and Paul he was leaving the group, he walked out of the studio. At first, Ringo's departure seemed to confirm the underlying reason for it. The others assumed that their drummer's 'resignation' was not seriously intended. The

What was The Beatles first single?

George Martin wanted The Beatles first single to be  How Do You Do It, a Tin Pan Alley song which he felt had commercial potential.


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