50 Interesting Facts about Beatles

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1John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon received a letter from a student telling him his teacher made them analyze The Beatles' lyrics. Amused by this, he composed "I Am The Walrus" with intentionally confusing and meaningless lyrics to baffle those who tried to analyze the song.

2. Before performing in Japan, the Beatles received an anonymous message: "Do not go to Tokyo. Your life is in danger". 35,000 police officers were tasked to protect the group. The Japanese audience was so polite and quiet, they were able to hear how bad their live performance really was.

3. In 1974, Lorne Michaels offered $3000 on SNL for the Beatles to reunite. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both of whom happened to be watching the show together at Lennon's home, considered walking over to the studio just a few blocks away but decided not to because they were tired.

4. The Beatles' album, 'Revolver' was almost named 'After Geography' (credits to Ringo), to contrast with the Rolling Stones album, 'Aftermath'.

5. John Lennon never said "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". It was uttered by British comedian Jasper Carrott in 1983, three years after Lennon's death.

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6George Harrison

George Harrison

George Harrison survived a brutal stabbing when his wife fended off an intruder with a fireplace poker and lamp. Harrison suffered a punctured lung and over 40 stab wounds.

7. A tree was planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison of the Beatles, just to later die due to an infestation of beetles.

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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11Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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.

12. 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.

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

14. 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.

15. 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.

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16Weird Al

Weird Al

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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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

20. 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.

21Moon-sized diamond

Moon-sized diamond

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".

22. 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.

23. 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."

24. 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'.

25. 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.

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