Beatles Trivia


Beatles Trivia

No one will forget Beatle-mania any time soon and the stories of the great band and their impact on music will continue to be passed down for generations. But as much as is known about the “Fab Four,” there are still some interesting tidbits that even the biggest fan may not be aware of.

  • Paul McCartney wrote the popular song, “Yesterday.” A BBC poll has recently shown this song to be one of the most popular songs of the century. Paul wrote the music before he wrote any lyrics to accompany the tune and while he was composing the song, he used the words “scrambled eggs” so he could see what would fit into the rest of the song.

  • The song, “Strawberry Fields Forever” originally had two different versions. The first was a tiny bit faster and had a higher pitch. This version was slowed down in the studio one day while recording and it fit with the second version perfectly. The band couldn’t decide on which version they preferred and so they asked George Martin if he could put them together somehow. Martin did and it gave the Beatles just one more huge hit!

  • Paul and Ringo were both left-handed.

  • Paul McCartney also wrote the song, “Lovely Rita, Meter Maid” for the album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. He was inspired to write the song after he received a parking ticket from a female parking authority while in Abbey Road.

  • The Beatles made their first television appearance on the show “Teenager’s Turn” in 1962. They had Pete Best playing drums and they performed the Roy Orbison song, “Dream Baby.”

  • “Hey Jude” was another song written by Paul McCartney. He wrote it for John Lennon’s son, Julian, who was upset by his parents divorce. Paul wrote it for him in the car on his way to visit Julian so he could cheer him up.

  • The name “The Beatles” came from the movie, “The Wild Ones,” a movie about motorcycle gangs that starred Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. In the movie, Lee Marvin’s gang wanted Marlon Brando’s character back, including the beetles, which referred to the women in the gang. The band liked the name and changed the “ee” to “ea” to represent a musical beat.

  • The song “Dear Prudence” was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence. It was written when the Beatles, Mia, and Prudence attended a religious retreat in India together. Prudence didn’t want to come out and play with the Beatles and Mia and so, the song was written.

  • A Meryside Newspaper held a contest to determine who the biggest band was in 1962. The Beatles won, partly because they kept pretending to be different people and calling in to vote for themselves.

  • Decca Recording Co. rejected the Beatles with this quote in 1962, “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.”  

Beatles Trivia

Beatles Trivia

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