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Who influenced The Beatles?

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. ...
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Who influenced The Beatles?

From The Beatles we can see some of their influences: Earlier Influences: Elvis Presley Of Presley, Lennon said, "Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been Elvis, ...
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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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Is there live performances of The Beatles playing "While my Guitar Gently Weeps"?

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 ...
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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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Message in Strawberry Fields Forever

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 ...
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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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Who influenced The Beatles?

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 ...
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Was there a hype during the 60s, 70s and 80s to name bands according to insects?

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 ...
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Message in Strawberry Fields Forever

The points go to Makki for the first correct answer - but in the interests of historical [almost] completeness, the last 5 phrases are… Had enough? Louder Cranberry sauce Cranberry sauce ...
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Why do Walruses come up in the Beatles lyrics?

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, ...
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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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Who is the guitarist of the melodic blues line in "I want you (she's so heavy)" of The Beatles?

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 ...
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What was the last live concert the Beatles played together?

They played a set on the rooftop of Apple Corps Ltd. in London at the end of January, 1969. This was reportedly their final live show ever.
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What does John Lennon mean when he references Betty Rollin's legs on the Dick Cavett show

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 ...
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Was there a hype during the 60s, 70s and 80s to name bands according to insects?

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 ...
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Who influenced The Beatles?

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

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 ...
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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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