40 Beatles Facts You Won’t Find in a Music History Book

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1John Lennon

John Lennon

In 1968, John Lennon recently inspired by LSD, calls an emergency meeting of the Beatles at their Apple headquarters in London. "I've got something very important to tell you," Lennon says. "I am Jesus Christ. I have come back again.


2. The Beatles have sold more records than Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Nirvana, the Beach Boys and Kanye West combined by over 30 million units.


3. Let it Be "Mother Mary" refers to Mary McCartney, Paul's mother who died when he was 14. She would stop fights between Paul and his brother by telling them "Let it be, boys". When it was written, the Beatles were constantly fighting with each other so Paul remembered his mother's words.


4. The Beatles played a demo copy of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" before its release at full volume from an open apartment window at 6 AM. Instead of complaining, the residents opened their windows and listened, aware they were hearing unreleased Beatles music.


5. Emma Stone celebrated her mom being 2 years cancer free in 2010 by writing a letter to Paul McCartney asking him to sketch two birds' feet because The Beatles' song "Blackbird" was her mother's favorite. Paul sketched the birds which Emma and her mom took and used to get matching wrist tattoos.


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6The Monkees

The Monkees

In 1967, The Monkees sold more records than The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined.


7. The only time Elvis and the Beatles met, they were so star struck that Elvis threatened to go to bed unless one of the band members spoke to him.


8. Paul McCartney dreamed the melody of "Yesterday" one night and immediately wrote the music the next morning. He then looked around for a month to find out whether or not he plagiarized it from someone else.


9. Weird Al intended to parody the Beatles "Free as a Bird" on his album Bad Hair Day. Paul McCartney gave permission for the parody, but since John Lennon wrote the song, he passed the decision on to Yoko Ono, who said no.


10. Carl Sagan wanted to include the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" on the golden record sent into space on the Voyager spacecraft. The Beatles said yes, EMI said no.


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11Pete Best

Pete Best

Pete Best released an album in 1965 called "Best of the Beatles" that contained no Beatles music but fooled so many people into buying it that it was investigated for consumer fraud. The case was dropped because no fraud had been committed, he was Best of the Beatles.


12. In Soviet Russia, rebellious teenagers who mimicked the Beatles' hair were arrested and forced to have their hair cut in police stations


13. There is only one known recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing together after the breakup of the Beatles. In it, Lennon is heard offering Stevie Wonder a snort of cocaine.


14. A Moon-sized diamond was found in space, and it has been dubbed "Lucy" in reference to the Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".


15. The Beatles literally stopped touring because their music could not be amplified loud enough to compete with screaming crowd noise, even with custom, purpose-built amplifiers.


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16Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

When the Beatles played in Canada, Ringo Starr was accompanied onstage by a bodyguard and police sharpshooters because he received death threats from anti-Semites. To this Ringo replied, "Some people decided to make an example of me, as an English Jew. The one major fault is I'm not Jewish."


17. After Bob Dylan offered The Beatles marijuana when he first met them in 1964, he was shocked to find out they weren't regular smokers. Dylan had misheard the lyric 'I can't hide' from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' as 'I get high'.


18. System of a Down, The Beatles, Guns 'N Roses, 2Pac, and DMX are the only artists to have ever had 2 studio albums debut at #1 in the same year.


19. Jimi Hendrix covered "Sgt. Pepper" in front of The Beatles only 2 days after it was released.


20. When the Beatles wrote the song "With a Little Help from My Friends", the first line ended with 'What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would You Throw Ripe Tomatoes at Me?', but Ringo Starr changed it so that fans would not throw tomatoes at him should he perform it live.


21Timothy Leary's campaign

Timothy Leary's campaign

The Beatles song "Come Together" was written for Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California. His campaign ended after he was arrested for marijuana possession.


22. The Beatles asked Stanley Kubrick to direct Lord of the Rings film starring George Harrison as Gandalf, Paul McCartney as Frodo, Ringo Starr as Sam, and John Lennon as Gollum but J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn't let them do it.


23. In 1968, the Beatles formed Apple Corps Ltd (informally known as Apple). In 1981, a lawsuit was settled with Apple Computer with the payment of $80,000 to Apple Corps. As a condition of the settlement, Apple Computer agreed to stay out of the music business.


24. When the Beatles recorded "Hey Jude", Ringo was on the toilet and came back just in time to play the drums on the song.


25. There is a small town in Australia which has a decommissioned submarine on display in a park, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' visit to the country, community members knitted yellow wool squares to cover the entire submarine.

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