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