Sunday, December 27, 2009
Beatles Pop Art
• Paul McCartney's song 'Yesterday', which was recently voted the most popular song of the century by a BBC poll, had music written before the lyrics. Paul used the working words 'scrambled eggs' before coming up with 'yesterday' while composing this song.
• The song 'strawberry fields forever' is actually two versions of the song mixed together by George Martin. One was a half-tone higher and slightly faster. When it was slowed down it somehow fit together with the other version perfectly. The Beatles liked both versions and couldn't decide on one and asked Martin if he could put them together somehow. When he tried it - it worked!
• The Beatles featured two left handed members, Paul, whom everyone saw holding his Hoffner bass left handed, and Ringo, whose left handedness is at least partially to blame for his 'original' drumming style.
• The Beatles got their name from a line in the movie 'The Wild Ones'. Lee Marvin's character said the motocycle gang wanted Marlon Brando's character back, even the beetles (he was referring to the women in the gang). They changed the 'ee' to 'ea' so it was like the musical term 'beat'
• In a contest held by Mersyside Newspaper to see who was the biggest band in Liverpool, 1962, one of the main reasons that The Beatles won was because they called in posing as different people voting for themselves.