The Beatles Rain

The Beatles released “Rain” as a single in the UK on June 10, 1966. It was the B side to “Paperback Writer.” In the United States, it was released as a single May 30, 1966. It entered the US Top 40 on June 25th and climbed to No. 23, and was Top 4O for five [...]

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Did Peter Max Influence Yellow Submarine?

In answer to whether he was influenced by the “Peter Max Look”, the Yellow Submarine’s Art Director, Heinz Edelmann, said “By 1964, I had seen a few examples of Peter Max’s work in “Graphis Annual” or a similar publication. At the time, Peter Max was in partnership with somebody named Tom Daly, if memory serves, [...]

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Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane

On February 17, Parlophone released two new Beatles songs: “Penny Lane” and Strawberry Fields Forever.” The tracks had been recorded late in 1966 for the album that was to follow Revolver. Along with “When I’m Sixty-Four,” the songs represented the sum of almost three months’ work. Since a single was long overdue, George Martin had [...]

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George Harrison Finds Eastern Religion

In August 1967 the Beatles boarded a train at Euston Station, London, bound for Bangor in North Wales. They were going to a weekend retreat for spiritual guides led by a fifty-year-old teacher from India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who had shoulder-length hair a graying beard, and wore a string of beads over his long white [...]

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The Beatles in Miami 1964

The Beatles were aboard a National Airlines jet bound for Miami and their second “Ed Sullivan Show.” Their course to the southwest plotted by a flight engineer in a Beatle wig. On landing, they were greeted by four bathing beauties a chimpanzee and a crowd of 7,000, which in its emotion smashed twenty-three windows and [...]

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The Beatles Wind Down in 1970

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On the first day of March 1970, the Beatles returned, more or less, to The Ed Sullivan Show. Six years before, their first appearance on television’s most insanely eclectic variety series had been viewed by seventy-three million people (a colossal number then and later) and transformed the culture and a generation. Now, for one of [...]

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The Sgt. Peppers Album

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Sgt Pepper not only changed pop music, but transformed how we perceived that music and, in a very literal sense, how we perceived ourselves. A product largely of the mid-sixties Swinging London scene, the album became the soundtrack for the flowering of the hippie movement in the United States during its “Summer of Love.” Sgt. [...]

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Writing the White Album

John Lennon says that in India, “We got our mantra, we sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food and writing all those songs. We wrote tons of songs in India.” McCartney said of the thirty songs to be included in the 1968 album “The Beatles” (aka “The White Album”), “20 were written while we [...]

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Who Was Doctor Robert?

Who Was Doctor Robert?

Who was the drug pushing doctor in the Beatles song “Doctor Robert”? Many Londoners in the 60s speculated the real Dr. Robert was gallery owner Robert Fraser. Fraser was a friend of the Beatles who was also known as “Groovy Bob” for his endless supply drugs. Then there was the now famous story of the [...]

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Ringo Solo Career

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In a surprising turnabout, after The Beatles’ break-up, it was actually Ringo who appeared to best find his own niche and establish himself as an all-round showbiz operator. By the end of 1973 he’d managed to direct a movie about “glam-rock” star Marc Bolan and T. Rex entitled Born to Boogie; he’d received terrific reviews [...]

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