Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

Decca Audition

The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records on New Years’ Day 1962 in London. The band performed a total of 15 songs in under an hour. Eventually the record company rejected The Beatles, claiming “guitar groups are on the way out” and “The Beatles have no future in show business.”

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December 29, 2011

Only a Northern Song

George Harrison wrote “Only a Northern Song” as a dig at The Beatles’ publishing company Northern Songs, Ltd. Harrison had a bad deal and did not receive a fair share of publishing royalties. The song was originally written during the Sgt. Pepper’s session but was held off for the film Yellow Submarine.

Watch the video for “Only a Northern Song” after the jump!

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December 20, 2011

The Beatles’ 1968 Christmas Record

Keeping with tradition, The Beatles released The Beatles’ 1968 Christmas Record, an exclusive fan club-only flexi disc that included snippets of songs, skits and holiday greetings recorded during Christmastime. The 1968 edition was released on December 20th and featured Paul McCartney’s song “Happy Christmas, Happy New Year,” several poems by John Lennon, a version of “Nowhere Man” sung by Tiny Tim and a sped-up version of “Helter Skelter”.

December 19, 2011

My Valentine

Paul McCartney is set to release an album of standards, due out on February 7, 2012. The album will include covers of the songs that influenced McCartney, along with the 2 new original tracks “Only Our Hearts” and “My Valentine”. The album has not yet been titled.

UPDATE: The new album will be titled Kisses on the Bottom and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.

December 16, 2011

Wings

Paul McCartney and his wife Linda assembled a new band called Wings in 1971. The original members of the band included the McCartneys, along with drummer Denny Seiwell and ex-Moody Blues member Denney Laine on guitar and vocals. The group released their first album together entitled Wild Life later that year.

December 16, 2011

Doctor Robert

The Beatles released the song “Doctor Robert” on their 1966 album Revolver. The title character of the song was based on the real-life Dr. Robert Freymann, who supplied speed and other drugs to celebrities, including The Beatles. John Lennon later claimed that “Doctor Robert” was actually himself.

December 14, 2011

Yellow Submarine Book

The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine book (released in 2004 as a companion to the original 1968 film) has been transferred into a digital eBook, available through iTunes. Readers can tap their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to interact with the digital story.

Click here to learn more at TheBeatles.com.

December 13, 2011

I Feel Fine – #1

The Beatles’ hit single “I Feel Fine” reached #1 on the UK charts on December 12th, 1964. The single received 750,000 advance orders – a record at the time.

December 13, 2011

I Wanna Be Santa Claus

Ringo Starr released I Wanna Be Santa Claus in 1999, becoming the first former Beatle to put out a holiday-themed album. Half of the 12 tracks on the record are original songs, including the title track. The album also contains a remake of The Beatles’ song “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”.

December 12, 2011

Imagine 40th Anniversary

John Lennon’s classic Imagine album was originally released on September 9, 1971 (in the U.S.). A special edition 40th anniversary vinyl set has been released with the original remastered album, along with an exclusive white vinyl disc with tracks from the Imagine sessions.

Find out more at JohnLennon.com!