Posts tagged ‘The Beatles’

May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Wishing a Happy 71st Birthday to Bob Dylan!

Dylan was a huge influence on The Beatles’ songwriting, particularly on John Lennon. This is evident on songs like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” an early example of the more introspective writing style the band starting using after listening to Dylan’s records.

Happy birthday Bob!

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May 6, 2012

The Apple Boutique

As one of the first business ventures by The Beatles’ fledgling company Apple Corps, the Apple Boutique was opened on Baker Street in London in 1967. The brilliant psychedelic painting on the side of the building was done by British artists The Fool, and the shop sold a variety of world music albums, hippie clothing and artwork. The shop was a collosal failure, and ended up closing in 1968. The company decided to give away all of the merchandise, with one item free item per person allowed to be taken.

December 6, 2011

Sour Milk Sea

George Harrison wrote “Sour Milk Sea” during The Beatles’ stay in Rishikesh, and recorded a demo of the song at his home in Esher, with the other members of the band playing along. The song was given to fellow Apple artist Jackie Lomax, who released it as a single in 1968. The Beatles’ version has not been officially released.

January 11, 2011

Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever

The Beatles released a double A-side single with the songs “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1967. The single was the first taste of new Beatles music after the band retired from touring and enjoyed a lengthy hiatus from recording. Both songs were originally recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but not included on the album. The single was the first by The Beatles since “Love Me Do” not to hit #1 in the UK charts (it debuted at #2).

December 28, 2010

Cold Turkey

John Lennon wrote “Cold Turkey” when attempting to kick his then-current addiction to heroin. The song was presented to The Beatles as a potential new single during the Abbey Road sessions. It was rejected and subsequently released by Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band as a single in 1969.

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.

December 16, 2010

Isn’t It A Pity

“Isn’t It A Pity” is a song written and recorded by George Harrison, released on his first solo album All Things Must Pass and as the b-side of his hit single “My Sweet Lord.” The song was written while Harrison was breaking up from The Beatles and addresses the hardships and the heartbreak of the band’s much-publicized split.

November 4, 2010

Not Guilty

George Harrison wrote “Not Guilty” for inclusion on The Beatles’ White Album. The band recorded 102 takes of the track, though it was never actually included on the album. Harrison released a slower, acoustic version of the originally very hard rock song on his self-titled album in 1979, and a remixed version of the original Beatles’ track was included on The Beatles Anthology 3.