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What was Ringo's influence in The Beatles?

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 ...
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In the Beatles' "I'm So Tired", why is Sir Walter Raleigh "such a stupid git"?

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 ...
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Why did Paul and George often share the same mic?

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 (...
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Beatles album with the most hit singles? Beatles album with the most #1 hit singles?

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' ...
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Lennon or McCartney

Here Comes the Sun, Something & While My Guitar Gently Weeps are all George Harrison compositions.
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Beatles album with the most hit singles? Beatles album with the most #1 hit singles?

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. ...
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Beatles album with the most hit singles? Beatles album with the most #1 hit singles?

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 ...
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Strange Sgt. Peppers red vinyl?

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 ...
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How to find out whether I have an original press of an LP?

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

Was it a flub by Paul? Yes, Wikipedia cites the book "A Hard Day's Write" (Steve Turner) as claiming that this was initially a mistake by Paul, that was kept only because the other Beatles liked it. ...
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Did John Lennon condemn the Free Love ideology on the 1970 track "Working Class Hero"?

The BeatleBible states that the song expressed Lennon's views of the exploitation of the working class Lennon was disenchanted with the way he felt workers were used by the upper classes to build ...
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What is the most accurate and if available complete book of beatles sheet music for piano and/or guitar?

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 ...
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Is "mother mary" from the beatles let it be mean marijuana?

Apparently not, as per this quote from Paul McCartney himself, the song is about his mother coming to him in a dream. The quote appears in Many Years From Now, the official biography of Paul McCartney ...
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Mistake In Beatles song "Don't Let Me Down" Keyboard part

A. It's not a mistake: The idea that the tritone is the devil's note, and must be avoided at all costs is a relic of Medieval European music theory. Modern music uses the tritone all the time, ...
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Sincerely Wondering If the Hey Jude Promotional Film Is Lip-Synced?

The Beatles play the intro live, as you correctly guessed. The audio for "Hey Jude" is the single version of the song and the band is miming to the song in the studio. That's more or less ...
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Sgt. Pepper's Album Cover: Paul's Uniform matches the Blue Sky

Your rigorous internet search turned up nothing on this, which leads me to fear there is nothing to be found—perhaps because the colours don't really match. I've shown this here by pulling down pieces ...
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In the Beatles' "I'm So Tired", why is Sir Walter Raleigh "such a stupid git"?

This reference provides the most plausible explanation for the reference to Raleigh. It explains the evolution of Lennon's lyric. An original lyric was: Although I choked, I'll have another cigarette,...
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Great 21st century bands worth listening to?

On the heavy rock side I would suggest the very young band YAK: they released their first album "Alas Salvation" on 2016. Here you'll find their youtube channel, where you can taste some of their ...
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Great 21st century bands worth listening to?

I recommend the young austrian Band Mother's Cake. They sound really a lot like classic 70's rock. I saw them at a festival this summer and was quite impressed. Check out this 6-track live video for a ...
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Why did Paul and George often share the same mic?

My theory is that being fans of the Everly Brothers the Beatles liked the look of the two guys singing into the same mike. Then again in the old days without fold-back monitors, it would help when ...
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Great 21st century bands worth listening to?

Here is a french band that play's 70s psychedelic blues rock you may like. A link to their first hit: Cheap Wine - I Come Back From Tomorrow
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