Monday, November 8, 2010

Origins of Beatles Songs - Or Are They?

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Ken...Image via WikipediaBy Paul Wimsett

There are so many myths about Beatles songs, the most famous is that Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is inspired by LSD. So spot the true story, below.

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club was inspired by a bandleader called Major Mace (mace like pepper is a spice).

Ticket to Ride was inspired by a trip to Ryde in the Isle of Wight taken by Stuart Sutcliffe in the 1940s, which was told by John Lennon.

Revolution wasn't about war at all, it was the new flat desk Wurlitzer jukeboxes, which by their presence in pubs and discotheques, was said to revolutionise how we listen to music. 'Giving peace a chance' referred to not having music in pubs, a popular campaign at the time.

Hard Day's Night was named to due to confusion by Ringo about whether it was day or night.

The song Rain was in fact a coded reference to Lorraine Silver, a singer in the Northern Soul style.

In the Day in the Life the holes to fill the Albert Hall line referred to a particular bad concert Paul McCartney had seen as a child, when none of the orchestra were in tune.

Eleanor Rigby refers to Eleanor in Help, Eleanor Brogue.

The Land of Submarines referred to in Yellow Submarines refers to a forthcoming trip to Bolivia which the Beatles were looking forward to.

Hey Bulldog! was created at the death of Winston Churchill, Winston being John Lennon's middle name.

The song Come Together refers not to 'you' but a 'ewe' - noting a field where John Lennon used to meet his real mother which had a sheep in it.

Phew, making up these rumours is harder than it looks! The true one is the fourth one down. Lorraine Silver was a member of the Northern Soul singers and it was Eleanor Bron, not Brogue who may have inspired Eleanor Rigby. John Lennon never did drop Winston as a middle name, but writing a song about him is probably going too far.

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