Tag Archive: Beatle News


Beatle News  # 24: Performing for the Queen Mother & Princess Margaret

 

  • 1963- The Beatles perform at the Royal Command Performance at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, before the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

Princess Margaret was most probably the only senior member amongst the modern British Royal family who came close to understanding The Beatles and their music.

 

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Beatle News  # 23: At the Queens Court

 

 

  • 1965- The Beatles are at the Buckingham Palace receiving their MBE’s (Member of Order of the British Empire) from HRH Queen Elizabeth – II.

 

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Beatle News  # 22 : JL -73

John & Sean Lennon (1975)

John & Sean Lennon (1975)

 

  • 1940 – John Lennon was born (as John Winston Lennon) in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom.

 

  • 1964 – On Lennon’s 24th B’day, The Beatles are back on stage, after less than a month, post completion of a successful US tour, performing at the Gaumont theatre in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK. This is the beginning of a British tour, which will continue till the 10th of November, 1964.

 

  • 1965 – The Beatles single Yesterday, has spent four weeks on top, at no.1, without budging, on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 

  • 1975 – On John Lennon’s 35th Birthday, his second wife, Yoko Ono, gives birth to a son, Sean Taro Ono Lennon; in New York, USA. This was the second child for both Lennon and Ono, but their first and only child together. Sean Lennon, a musician in his own right, turns 38 today.

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Beatle News  # 21 : First Single

Beatles Love Single first single

  • 1962 – The Beatles very First single Love, Love Me Do is released in the United Kingdom, backed by P.S. I love You on ‘B-Side’.

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  • 1975 – 13 years after The Beatles British Love Single (first single) release, Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Winslet is no doubt one of the greatest actresses today, a superstar in her own right and a future film legend. Wishing her all the best on her 38th Birthday.

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Beatle News  # 20: India, Cinema & September Births

 

  • 1963 – The Beatles perform at the Great Pop Prom show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Also making an appearance are the ‘Rolling Stones’.

How I Won The War (1967) NSFS

  • 1966 – George Harrison, with his wife Pattie Boyd, fly to India where George is to take sitar lessons from the renowned sitar maestro, Ravi Shankar. The couple stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel. Meanwhile John Lennon is busy with the filming of Richard Lester’s How I Won The War (1967) in Germany and Spain, where Lennon plays the lead alongside Michael Crawford.
  •  1968 – Hey Jude (which was released in USA on August 26th, and in UK on August 30th), tops the UK singles chart for the first of it’s two weeks.

September Births affiliated to The Beatles

The McCartney Household: Paul McCartney’s first wife, and their last two children together, were all born in the month of September.

  • Wife – Photographer Linda McCartney (née Linda Eastman) : 24th September 1941
  • Daughter – Fashion designer Stella McCartney : 13th September 1971
  • Son – Songwriter James McCartney : 12th September 1977

The Starr/Starkey Household: Ringo Starr’s eldest son and grandchild were born in the month of September.

  •  Son – Latter years drummer, for the 60’s & 70’s band, ‘The Who’ (from 1996 onwards), Zak Starkey : 13th September 1965
  • Granddaughter (Daughter of Zak Starkey) – Tatia Jayne Starkey : 6th September 1985 (Ringo Starr was the first Beatle to become a grandfather)

The Epstein Household: The Beatles manager, Brian Samuel Epstein, was born in Liverpool, on the 19th of September, 1934.

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Beatle News  # 19 : Best & The Beatles

Pete Best

Pete Best

  • 1960 – Pete Best joins The Silver Beats (earlier known as The Quarrymen; and soon the group would be known as The Beatles). Two years later, drummer Pete Best, would be ousted from The Beatles.

Pete Best’s maternal grandfather was an Irish Major, serving in British India. Thus his mother was born in Delhi, and he was born in Madras; British India. They moved to Liverpool, UK in 1945.
Best joined as the drummer to a band which comprised of Lennon, Sutcliffe, McCarthy and Harrison; on 12th August 1960. Later that month, they would re-name themselves as The Beatles. After playing with The Beatles for two years, due to George Martin of Abbey Road Studio’s, who felt Best was not experienced enough as a drummer for music recording sessions, Pete Best was reluctantly fired by Brian Epstein in August 1962. Ringo Starr joined the group later as the replacement for Best. Years later Martin expressed great regret, as he wanted an experienced drummer for the recording sessions only, didn’t expect Best to be eliminated from the group entirely.

  • 1963 – The Beatles start a week long residency at The Odeon Cinema, Llandudno, Wales, UK (Two shows a night).
  • 1964 – A Hard Day’s Night premieres in cities across the United States.

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The Beatles USA

  • 1966 – The Beatles American tour begins with the band playing in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This would be The Beatles final concert tour.

Although a success, the 1966 US tour marked the end of the Beatles’ concert days. This concert coincided with public outrage, in the United States, against The Beatles, after a publication of John Lennon’s infamous quote on Christianity, about ‘The Beatles being bigger than Jesus’ . Soon after this tour, the band ceased to perform commercial concerts, instead devoting their time to creating new material in the recording studio.

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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Beatle News  # 18 : Cannabis

  • 1967 – All four members of the Beatles, along with their manager Brian Epstein, sign a petition for the Legalization of Cannabis (and to release of all prisoners imprisoned due to possession of this illegal drug, plus to do further research into marijuana’s medical uses), which is published in the London’s daily Newspaper, The Times.

It was singer Bob Dylan who introduced Epstein and the Beatles, to this particular drug, in New York, in August 1964. Ringo Starr was the first to dare and try a marijuana (cannabis) cigarette offered to the band by Dylan, whereas Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were quite hesitant to do so. Soon The Beatles tried LSD, and by March 1967, both Lennon & McCartney had taken a couple of acid trips. McCartney was the first to admit that they’d all used drugs.

Earlier this year (2013), Paul McCartney officially endorsed the decriminalisation of marijuana.

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Beatle News  # 17 : Abbey Road Album ()
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

 

  • 1969 – Work on the song, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, begins for the Abbey Road Album. (Abbey Road Album was The Beatles last recorded album, though not their last release.)

John Lennon with new wife Yoko Ono, her daughter Kyoko, and Lennon’s son Julian, have an accident; whilst on a motoring holiday in Scotland; when a motorist came around on the wrong side of the road, in turn making the car Lennon was driving fall into ditch. All four of them were detained in Hospital. This was on the 1st of July, 1969. And eight days later, on 9th July, still recovering, Lennon and Ono make it to the studio for the recording of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
While Ono, who was far more badly hurt than Lennon in the accident, is resting in a large bed at the Abbey Road studios, Paul McCartney (who wrote the song the previous year, in October 1968, after his trip to India) and Lennon start recording the song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
Coincidently, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, McCartney’s first song on the album, is a song about a student Maxwell Edison, who first kills his girlfriend, then a lecturer, and finally a judge; which according to Lennon is about ‘instant Karma’, and as Paul McCartney apparently stated that the song, “epitomises the downfall of life. Just as everything seems to be going smoothly, ‘Bang Bang’ down comes Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and ruins everything.”

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Beatle News  # 16

  • 1940 – Ringo Starr born as Richard Starkey, in Liverpool, UK

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  • 1967 – All You Need is Love & Baby, You are a Rich Man, released in the United Kingdom.
  • 1969 – The Plastic Ono band releases Give Peace a Chance & Remember Love, in the United States (The two songs were released in the United Kingdom on the 4th of July 1969).

The song, Give Peace a Chance, was written during Lennon & Ono’s famous ‘‘ in Montreal, Canada; sung by Lennon & Ono, they were joined in by all the journalists who had come to interview the couple (on 1st June, 1969), and many celebrities; which included famed poet Allen Ginsberg and singer/actress Petula Clark. Give Peace a Chance also happens to be the first release of the Plastic Ono band. The Plastic Ono band was formed by Lennon & Ono, in 1969, before The Beatles famous Break-up the following year.

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Beatle News  # 15
Beatle News # 15

  • 1957 – Paul McCartney meets John Lennon at the garden fete held at the Woolten Parish, St. Peters Church; where the Quarrymen were performing. (Quarrymen was a group originally put together by John Lennon, before the formation of The Beatles)
  • 1964 – A Hard Days Night, a movie starring the four Beatles, based on the groups frenetic lifestyle at the height of Beatlemania, premieres at the London Pavilion. Piccadilly Circus in London, UK, comes to a stand still with crazed Beatle fans, trying to catch a glimpse of the fab four at this world premiere.
  • 1966 – The Beatles arrive in New Delhi, India, on their way to London from Manila. This stopover gives them enough time to buy some Indian instruments. Out of the fab four, it’s George Harrison whose most enamoured by the various Indian musical instruments, their varied sounds and Indian art and culture.

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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