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Earliest Lennon and McCartney songs?

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  John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote a large number of songs in their teens - up to 200 according to some estimates. Many disappeared without trace - a Wimpole Street spring clean by Jane Asher put paid to a pile written on scrap paper.  Others, like Lennon's  'Hello Little Girl' f eatured in their live act but were then given to other artists to cover. These were generally off-cuts not deemed quite up to scratch, though arguably some like   'World Without Love ' and ' Love of the Loved'  deserved a seat at the top table.  Songs revived and recorded By  Beatles For Sale  Lennon & McCartney were exhausted and running out of new material. At this point Paul revisited  'I'll Follow the Sun'  which he had written in the year following his mother's death. “I wrote that in my front parlour in Forthlin Road,” McCartney told Mark Lewishon. “I remember standing in the parlour, with my guitar, looking out through the lace curtains of the window,

Was the Walrus really Paul?

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John Lennon teases clue seekers and his bandmate  Written days after the death of Brian Epstein, the lyrics of 'I am the Walrus' have confused everyone, including their author - read full story here In his 1971  Rolling Stone  interview, Lennon tries to explain the McCartney reference in Glass Onion:  Here's another clue for you all. The Walrus was Paul.  Is Lennon teasing his bandmate? Or having a pop at the rapidly growing army of conspiracy theorists? Interestingly, Glass Onion was a genuine collaboration between John and Paul. The theme (an attack on the 'pseuds' over-interpreting Beatles' lyrics) sounds typical of Lennon but in fact came from McCartney. Their relationship was fraying but here they come together in a howl of complaint about how Beatles' lyrics were avidly scoured for hidden messages.   Ian Macdonald disapproves. He suggests that the 'sour A minor melody' and snarling tone of the song express the intent of they lyric" - a 

How many singles have The Beatles sold?

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Worldwide sales of physical singles are difficult estimate accurately but we can say the following

Why The Beatles dropped the harmonica?

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John's harmonica playing was a key feature of several early Beatles tracks - most notably on Love Me Do and Please Please Me. By 1964 however, he was becoming increasingly wary of using it as a lead instrument. “So we started using [the harmonica] on ‘Love Me Do’,’ just for arrangement, because we used to work out arrangements … And then we stuck it on ‘Please Please Me’ George Martin liked the distinctive element that the harmonica added. He encouraged The Beatles to use it in the following two single. They did so reluctantly. and then we stuck it on ‘From Me to You,’ like that. … It went on and on, it got into the gimmick, and then we dropped it. It got embarrassing.” Dylan  There was another reason why the harmonica was became personally embarrassing for John Lennon. This was that Bob Dylan was so closely associated with the instrument. Lennon's musical relationship with Dylan was always uneasy. The harmonica was never fully put away, however. It plays a striking role in dri

What were the biggest concerts The Beatles ever played?

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The Beatles had started by playing church halls, coffee halls and even private homes. Their Ed Sullivan appearance in February 1964 opened a huge new market had opened only  confined by size of concert venues available. 

Fastest selling single?

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Gets you a nice car, though Candle in the Wind/Goodbye England's Rose by Elton John is the fastest ever selling single in the UK o date. Released on the 13 September 1997, a week after the funeral of Princess Diana, it sold 658,000 in a single day. Over the week this figure rose to 1.55 million, but then fell rapidly. Profits for  Candle in the Wind/Goodbye England's Rose were donated to charity. It was not a commercial release in this respect - and has been treated as a memorial subsequently.  Can't Buy Me Love In terms of worldwide sales,  Can't Buy Me Lov e holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling single. The first new release following The Beatles visit to America in February 1964, its advanced sales were an unprecedented 2.7 million. Released on March 21, 1964, it was No. 1 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It  stayed on the chart for a further 10 weeks.  In the U.K, “Can’t Buy Me Love” peaked at No. 1 for 3 weeks on the official charts. But

How many albums have The Beatles sold?

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  Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash Until the late 1960s singles by The Beatles singles far outsold their LPs . This was the standard pattern of record sales at that time. LPs were considered a luxury item and generally beyond the reach of most teenagers.  That said, The Beatles did have an unusual multi-generational appeal. And the kids who bought their singles would later come back to buy not just the studio albums but various compilations. From  Statista Studio Albums The Beatles officially released  13  studio  albums between 1962 and their break up. Over time  the biggest selling has been  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  (1967). This has sold an estimated 32 million In the 1990s they released three anthology albums. Compilations The best selling was  Number 1s,  a compilation of singles. This was only released in 2000, thirty years after the band last recorded together.  Two double albums summarising their career:  The Beatles/1962-1966  and  The Beatles/1967-1970  sold very

What started as Cradle Song?

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  None of it was written down by us. It’s basically notation. That’s the bit I can’t do. Paul McCartney (2018 ) The Beatles did not read or write music . Musical scores were of little functional use to them, but Paul McCartney did put one to practical use. In 1968 he was visiting the house he had bought for father on the Wirral. His step-sister had left some sheet music on the piano. Paul was, of course, unable to decode ‘the dots on the page’ but the title of the piece intrigued him. Cradle Song? It suggested a lullaby, so Paul began creating a new melody, which he memorised. This was the foundation for Golden Slumbers in the medley on Abbey Road. Why did The Beatles never learn to read or write music?

Who gave John Lennon his first instrument?

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  "I played a lot of harmonica & mouth organ when I was a child. We used to take in students and one of them had a mouth organ and said he’d buy me one if I could learn a tune by the next morning. So I learnt two."  The standard story of John Lennon's musical education is that it started with his mother. Famously, she showed him how to play banjo chords. But her son had already mastered the basics of another instrument In 1947 Aunt Mimi began an arrangement with Liverpool University to take in students as lodger. One of these young men was Harold Phillips, who was resuming his studies after serving in the Royal Navy. The seven-year-old John was fascinated by a harmonica that Phillips possessed. Phillips was amused and offered the boy the chance to keep the 'mouth iron' - as it was known locally.  Harold Phillips kept his word - but Aunt Mimi made John wait until Christmas before taking possession of his first musical instrument. ‘I felt the stocking and there

Who were The Beat Brothers?

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  The name change from the original The Quarry Men to The Beatles went through many stages and spellings. Some ludicrous options were considered or even used on occasion. : Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats are notorious examples.  None of these monikers was as bad as The Beat Brothers. Yet this was the name that appeared on the first records John, Paul, George (and Pete) recorded for Polydor in 1961.  German Polydor producer (and celebrated musician) Bert Kaempfert wanted to cash in on Tony Sheridan's (modest) fame.  Sheridan, very shrewd in most musical matters, had old-school preconceptions about showbiz names.  He dropped his own real surname (McGinnity) when first appearing on Ready Steady Go. The Beat Brothers, he argued, would have more market appeal than the weird sounding The Beatles. Subsequent record-sales spectacularly refuted this thesis.