The Beatles started out as a rock'n'roll band. Their most admiration went to the rock'n'roll legend Elvis Presley. Another rock'n'roll legend that inspired and influenced the Beatles was Chuck Berry.
The Beatles covered songs from both of these musicians at the beginning of their career, like Chuck's "Rock And Roll Music", Elvis's "That's All ...
From The Beatles we can see some of their influences:
Of Presley, Lennon said, "Nothing really affected me until I heard
Elvis. If there hadn't been Elvis, there would not have been the
Here's another article I found re-evaluating Ringo. The main points I took from it:
Ringo's hard-driving style of playing drums was innovative for the times (a fact now obscured because it subsequently became standard for rock). He discarded the habit of holding the left-hand drumstick differently (an affectation left over from marching bands). He also ...
I've found a bunch of other different combinations of microphone sharing between the Beatles. Here's George and John:
Here's Paul and John:
Here's George, Paul, and John:
Here's Paul and Ringo (though obviously this is a little more recent):
A Google Image search of "Beatles sharing microphones" doesn't seem to turn up photos of George and Paul any more ...
Most Billboard1 #1: 3 (Help!; Magical Mystery Tour; Let It Be)2
Most Billboard Top 10: 5 (Please Please Me)
Most Billboard Top 100: 8 (Please Please Me; A Hard Day's Night)
1 Beatles' Billboard Chart History
2 Albums are limited to the "core catalog".
Sir Walter Raleigh is credited as the one who introduced tobacco to the UK from the (then) colony of Virginia. So the reference is to the cigarette in the lyrics, and the love-hate relationship with smoking that the character in the song and John Lennon the writer of the song both had. There's a reddit post on this theme.
At the time of writing the song, ...
As commonly known, The Beatles stopped touring and became a studio band in the later stages of their existence. The last tour they did was in 1966, and While my Guitar Gently Weeps was recorded in 1968.
In 1968 and 1969, they only performed twice, none of the concerts featured the song. So, the song was never performed live at a concert by the band.
With regard to 'hit singles' only (and depending on our definition of 'hit single'), it's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with 5 hit tracks.
It's actually a really difficult question to answer. We can't really use the term 'single' in conjuction with the studio albums, because it was The Beatles' express policy not to include on their albums, tracks ...
The Wikipedia article about Strawberry Fields Forever says the following:
In 1974, McCartney said, "That wasn't 'I buried Paul' at all – that was John saying 'cranberry sauce' … That's John's humour … If you don't realise that John's apt to say cranberry sauce when he feels like it, then you start to hear a funny little word there, and you think, 'Aha!'"
Their compilation album "1" was released in 2000. This was compiled by producer George Martin and the three surviving members of the band, so it could be considered a Beatles album. It includes the 27 Beatles songs that went to number one in the United Kingdom or in the United States.
I'm not 100% sure, but your description seems to match this release on Discogs:
Unofficial, UK; Repress from 2011.
Red vinyl, Black/silver Parlophone label EMI boxed logos.
It seems to be a pirate release as is not allowed to be sold on this marketplace.
A forum about Beatles Collecting have this discussion in 2011:
This UK version is probably a ...
It makes sense to look at who's songs were covered by the Beatles:
Anna (Go To Him) -- Arthur Alexander
Chains -- The Cookies
Boys -- The Shirelles
Baby It's You -- The Shirelles
A Taste Of Honey -- Lenny Welch
Twist And Shout -- The Isley Brothers (originally by The Top Notes)
Till There Was You -- Peggy Lee
Please Mr. Postman -- The Marvelettes
I'd submit that short of Buddy Holly's backing band, The Beatles, Iron Butterfly and Adam and the Ants, there really weren't many insect-related band names at all. Queen had nothing to do with insects and everything to do with being grandiose, and The Bee Gee's was about being Brothers Gibb (B.G.).
Not surprisingly, there were no bands named after insects ...
The points go to Makki for the first correct answer - but in the interests of historical [almost] completeness, the last 5 phrases are…
Alright, calm down Ringo.
I really can't tell what he's saying before that point.
The only world-wide released version of those last few lines with nothing but ...
Lennon explained the origins of this song in his 1980 Playboy interview: "The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko. Part of it was putting down Hare Krishna. All these people were going on about Hare Krishna, Allen Ginsberg in particular. ...
You need to check the cat number and then go to Discogs.
This data base has a lot of references and is very accurate, especially for famous albums.
For A Hard Day's Night for example, the earliest version I could find has the cat number PMC 1230, an mono English release from Parlophone in 1964.
This transcription of a George Harrison interview in 1969 says that John Lennon played it:
John plays lead guitar and sings the same as he plays. And, uh...this is good because it has, um - it's really basically a bit like a blues. The riff that he sings and plays is really a very basic blues-type thing. But again, it's very original sort of John-type ...
Apparently not, as per this (alleged) quote from Paul McCartney himself, the song is about his mother coming to him in a dream. But it may be difficult to know for sure unless there is a quote about this from an authoritative source (which I could not find).
Regarding accuracy and completeness, the best source, hands down, is The Beatles: Complete Scores from Hal Leonard. The main drawback is the relatively small print—it's not a score you can put on a stand and play from in a dimly lit bar. They give full scores for all songs, showing the separate guitar parts, piano (if present), vocals, etc.
I unfortunately ...
The other lists are pretty comprehensive, but none of them mention Billy Preston. He was a young black American R & B musician who toured extensively with the band in their late years, was featured on the Let It Be album, and who was even once nominated by John as a possible official addition to the band. Although the Beatles were much further along in ...
Buddy Holly and the Crickets were an influential early rock group whose careers were brought short due to a tragic plane crash. The Beatles were named partially in tribute to the Crickets.
Any other bands with similar names were likely named in tribute to one or both of these bands, given their visibility and influence. (As Johnny mentioned, however, ...
Betty Rollin was a reporter, & previously a classmate of Yoko Ono at the Sarah Lawrence College.
The Lennon comments apparently refer to an insulting report she made about Yoko -
when the couple recounts the story of how journalist Betty Rollin, a classmate of Ono’s at Sarah Lawrence College, wrote a hurtful story in which she compared the pregnant ...