“The Beatles” are undoubtedly the most influential and celebrated band of all time. Their music still reverberates in the hearts of millions of people all around the world. It still makes the fans go Ga…Ga…Ga (if you know what I mean… Or else, listen to their song Helter Skelter). There have been instances in which people have turned millionaires on selling The Beatles’ original album CDs. They are collectors’ favourite and even their original posters fetch a handsome amount of money. It all speaks about the impact these fab four guys had on rock music. Here is a compilation of some of the facts on them.
1. Paul McCartney, the lead singer of the band, is insanely talented! Apart from his unique vocals, he is also known for his proficiency in playing many musical instruments. He knows to play about 40 instruments, out of which many are percussion instruments (some are not-so-serious instruments). He played acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano for his band. I’ve seen him playing the Ukulele in a youtube video in a picnic with his band mates, after the band breakup.
2. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the most selling album of The Beatles is Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Loney Heart Club Band is a closed second followed by the White Album.
3. In their hit song Hey Jude, the last line “Na…na..na….. Hey Jude” is repeated nineteen times!
4. The Beatles producer George Martin, who is also known as the fifth beatle has played the keyboard in almost every Beatles album.
5. George Harrison composed the song Here Comes The Sun while at Eric Clapton’s home garden. George Martin was very impressed by Harrison’s composition skills and urged him to sing and release it as his own individual song. But Harrison didn’t agree to it and recorded it with his band mates. His fans recognise this particular song as his best one.
6. There are more than 3,000 recorded versions of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”.
7. The Beatles received fifteen Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
8. George Harrison played the sitar in the song Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown). He travelled all the way to India and learnt to play the sitar from Pandit Ravishankar.
9. “Michelle” was inspired by Paul’s favourite technique for picking up girls at parties. He once shared this in an interview. McCartney performed this song in the White House in front of Mr and Mrs. Obama.
10. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr actually replaced their previous drummer Pete Best. When Ringo was inducted into the band, some people protested by saying slogans such as “Pete Best forever, Ringo never!”. But after that, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) grew up as one of the most influential drummers of all time. He was a leftie, but used right handed drum kit. A lot of drummers from other current day bands like the Foo fighters, Green Day have appreciated and praised his innovations.