Archive for ‘Holidays’

May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

In 1967, John Lennon starred in the comedy film How I Won the War, which was shot in Almeria, Spain, during a break in The Beatles’ schedule. Lennon played Musketeer Gripweed, and the movie was centered around a British platoon fighting in World War II.

Wishing a happy Memorial Day to all readers, and thanking all of those who have fought for our country!

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Beatle moms out there! Celebrate by listening to “Julia”, a song John Lennon wrote in honor of his late mother…after the jump!

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March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

On March 17th, 1962, The Beatles played a concert at the Village Hall in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. The band played on the bill alongside fellow Liverpudlians Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, which included future Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents Day!

Wishing all readers a Happy Presidents Day!

Celebrate by watching Paul McCartney perform “Michelle” for the First Lady at the White House after the jump!

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February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone out there a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate by watching Paul McCartney’s video for the very appropriate “My Valentine” 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 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 31, 2010

Ding Dong, Ding Dong

“Ding Dong, Ding Dong” is a New Year’s-themed song released on the album Dark Horse and as a single by George Harrison in 1974. The lyrics were taken largely from engravings that George had seen carved on the walls of his Friar Park Mansion.

Click here to watch the video. Happy New Year!

December 28, 2010

Christmas Time is Here Again

The Beatles released a special Christmas disc to members of The Beatles Fan Club every year from 1963 to 1969, which featured short skits, Christmas carols, songs and jokes. One memorable song was “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” from the 1967 disc, which was also used as the b-side to The Beatles’ new single “Free As a Bird”, released from the Anthology series in 1995. Additionally, all seven recordings were released as part of a compilation in 1970, again to Fan Club members only.