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For questions about the British band The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. Main members were John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

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Why do Desmond and Molly Jones switch roles in the repeated final verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da?

In The Beatles' song Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, the last two verses are essentially the same except Desmond and Molly Jones switch actions. I've included a line by line comparison below with the differences ...
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Why is Sir Walter Raleigh such a stupid git?

In The Beatles White Album song "I'm So Tired" one of the verses has the following lyrics: I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset Although I'm so tired, I'll have another cigarette And curse Sir ...
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How it was recorded 'One After 909' (The Beatles)

Could someone tell me how it was recorded 'One After 909' (The Beatles) where it was recorded? in the studio or on the roof?
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What is the most accurate and if available complete book of beatles sheet music for piano and/or guitar?

I'm looking for, primarily, a book of sheet music that has most Beatles recordings for piano/ solo piano. If there's one available specifically for guitar I'd be interested in that as well. I'm not ...
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Who is the guitarist of the melodic blues line in “I want you (she's so heavy)” of The Beatles?

Since the beginning of I want you (She's so heavy) of The Beatles, two beautiful guitar lines have been recognized. A baroque circular arpeggio that becomes almost hypnotic, and a blues melody that ...
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Strange Sgt. Peppers red vinyl?

I bought a Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyl record from an old bookshop. I bought it for €20 (euros) which is very close to what it would cost in both British Pounds and US dollars. I later ...
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Why did Paul and George often share the same mic?

As I was looking at Beatles old live performances, I noticed that Paul and George are often singing in the same microphone : The awesomeness of this setup also comes from the fact that Paul is left ...
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Great 21st century bands worth listening to?

Can anyone recommend any good (present) rock bands of the like of Tame Impala, Muse, The Heavy, and the Rival Sons? These are the only 21st century bands that I listen to regularly. Other bands to ...
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Does anybody recognize this Beatles poster?

Just bought this from a resale shop and haven't been able to find the image online. The poster is velvet.
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Is “mother mary” from the beatles let it be mean marijuana?

I'm wondering if the lyrics of let it be are about drug and marijuana Thank you
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Lennon or McCartney

OK, so I must ask this one. We all know Lennon's great great songs such as Come Together, Across the Universe and Ticket to Ride. We also know McCartney's number 1 hits such as Here, There and ...
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What was Ringo's influence in The Beatles?

How big was Ringo Starr's influence in The Beatles? Or to phrase it differently, how much of an impact did he have on their music? We all know the impact of John Lennon and Paul McCartney after all ...
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Is there live performances of The Beatles playing “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”?

I love how the guitar sounds in The Beatles' song called While My Guitar Gently Weeps, at first I thought it was Harrison who played the guitar, but it turns out that Eric Clapton was the one playing ...
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What does John Lennon mean when he references Betty Rollin's legs on the Dick Cavett show

This is an interview of John Lennon on the Dick Cavett show. He keeps mentioning Betty Rollin's legs as some kind of joke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kXCnKfdGOY I'm just wondering whether ...
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What was the last live concert the Beatles played together?

What was the last concert/show John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together as the Beatles?
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Why do Walruses come up in the Beatles lyrics?

Walruses are mentioned in some songs of the Beatles and there is "Paul is the walrus" thing. Is there a deeper meaning to this?
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Is the Beatles catalog available as DRM-free downloads?

I know you can purchase the original studio records on vinyl or cd, however, I'm looking for something this as a DRM-free download, ideally in a lossless format like flac. Does this exist, or has the ...
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Was there a hype during the 60s, 70s and 80s to name bands according to insects?

Well, has anyone noticed that the bands that made it to top of the music charts during 60s to 80s seem to be insect-named? (Do I need to explain this?) Examples: The Beatles Bee Gees Queen (...
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Message in Strawberry Fields Forever

Ref: How are backward messages created on tracks? What does the famous 'hidden message' at the end of Strawberry Fields Forever actually say? The conspiracy theorists would have us believe it's "I ...
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Was The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” the first released record to contain a sample of another released record?

The Beatles Yellow Submarine contains a cut-up of a Sousa march that apparently came from another record (as described in http://www.beatlesebooks.com/yellow-submarine). Was this the first instance of ...
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Who influenced The Beatles?

A lot of bands and musicians say one of their biggest influence musically was The Beatles and contribute the founding of rock and roll to them. Who musically influenced The Beatles though?