History Trivia / TheBeatles

16th Aug '17 1:46:49 PM Folamh3
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* UncreditedRole: Their studio albums featured dozens of session performers, many of which went uncredited. A notable one was Music/GeorgeClapton, who played an uncredited guitar solo "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

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* UncreditedRole: Their studio albums featured dozens of session performers, many of which went uncredited. A notable one was Music/GeorgeClapton, Music/EricClapton, who played an uncredited guitar solo "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
16th Aug '17 1:46:20 PM Folamh3
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* UncreditedRole: Their studio albums featured dozens of session performers, many of which went uncredited. A notable one was Music/GeorgeClapton, who played an uncredited guitar solo "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
14th Aug '17 7:22:03 PM KoopaKid17
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* {{Corpsing}}: Paul cracks up during the second verse of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" because John mooned him in the recording studio as he sang the line "so he waits behind".
17th May '17 4:01:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* [[AmericansHateTingle Americans Hated The Beatles]]: Some of them did. After John's comment that the band was "[[BiggerThanJesus more popular than Jesus]]" ([[QuoteMine taken out of context]]), many American communities, particularly those in the Bible Belt, did things like mass Beatle record burnings (with Lennon's reaction being to point out they had to buy the records to burn them) and throwing objects at them during their concerts. They received no backlash of that sort in their homeland of Britain, where the comment was generally more acknowledged in context and less of an exaggerated blasphemous scandal. On the other hand, their records sold just as well in America after the controversy as they had before.
** The Phillippines are an even better example. Brian Epstein's fumbling of an invitation to visit First Lady Imelda Marcos when the Beatles played the Phillippines in 1966 led to [[http://991.com/Buy/TopItems/LennonGlasses/Stiffed.aspx violent anger]] from Filipinos. The resulting chaos played no small part in the group's decision to stop playing live concerts.
** As for the record sales booming despite the controversy, the Beatles themselves rather sardonically noted that in order to burn their albums, one had to purchase them first. There are also numerous anecdotes of kids publicly burning their Beatles albums before then secretly sneaking into record stores and replacing them. And, of course, despite all the hoopla this was mainly happening in a relatively small part of the country.
** There were also some American rock and roll fans, particularly in the very early stages of Beatlemania, who resented the group for displacing the more home-grown sounds of rockabilly, doo-wop, surf music, etc. from the pop charts.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** Americans love "Eight Days A Week."
** "I Should Have Known Better" reached number one in Norway.
** They became popular enough in Jamaica in 1964 that [[{{Ska}} The Skatalites]] recorded instrumental [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]] of "This Boy" and "I Should Have Known Better".
** In Russia the Beatles, as most other Western rock bands, were very popular because they were seen as rebellious against Soviet Communism. A very interesting documentary ''How The Beatles rocked the Kremlin'' was made in the 2000s about their popularity there.



* MisBlamed: Ringo Starr wasn't happy with [[TooDumbToLive his portrayal]] in the cartoon and complained to Lance Percival. Lance kindly explained that he just did the voices and pointed Ringo in the direction of the writers.
11th Apr '17 10:23:17 PM AliceMacher
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* CreativeDifferences: And how. ''Film/LetItBe'' is basically what happens when you take a band that is already fracturing due to this trope and put them on film -- even [[FromBadToWorse more]] fracturing.

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* CreativeDifferences: And how. ''Film/LetItBe'' is basically what happens when you take a band that is already fracturing due to this trope and put them on film -- even [[FromBadToWorse more]] fracturing.
8th Apr '17 9:27:57 PM nombretomado
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* ChristmasEpisode[=/=]MissingEpisode: The Beatles sent flexidiscs with holiday greetings and SketchComedy to their fan club between 1963 and 1969, which were compiled onto an LP (also a fan club exclusive) in 1971. All these releases are long out of print. They've never been legally available to the general public, except for the first one, which is unlockable content in ''The Beatles: RockBand''.

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* ChristmasEpisode[=/=]MissingEpisode: The Beatles sent flexidiscs with holiday greetings and SketchComedy to their fan club between 1963 and 1969, which were compiled onto an LP (also a fan club exclusive) in 1971. All these releases are long out of print. They've never been legally available to the general public, except for the first one, which is unlockable content in ''The Beatles: RockBand''.VideoGame/RockBand''.
27th Jan '17 2:57:30 PM MarkLungo
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*** ''Film/{{Help}}'' suffered the same fate for a while. (but Apple's first DVD release came earlier in 2007)

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*** ''Film/{{Help}}'' suffered the same fate for a while. (but while, but Apple's first DVD release came earlier in 2007)2007.



** For completists, or Americans who want to hear the original Capitol releases the way they heard them in TheSixties, Capitol/Apple released two four-CD boxed sets of remasters of those albums, with both stereo/fake stereo and mono mixes: ''Meet The Beatles!'', ''The Beatles' Second Album'', ''Beatles '65'' and ''Something New'' (on Vol. 1), and ''Help!'' (with Ken Thorne's soundtrack music), ''Beatles IV'', ''The Early Beatles'' (basically a Capitol repackaging of Vee-Jay Records' ''Introducing The Beatles'' [itself a ''Please Please Me'' repackage/resequence] released after Capitol bought the American distribution rights to the 1963 material from Vee-Jay) and the American "Rubber Soul" (on Vol. 2). Because of slow sales, a "Volume 3" was not released, so ''Yesterday And Today'', the American ''Revolver'' and the 1970 compliation ''Hey Jude'' (and whatever other content a fourth disc might include, if any) remain unreleased. Also unavailable is the American ''A Hard Day's Night'' soundtrack with George Martin's orchestral pieces, originally released on the Creator/UnitedArtists label.

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** For completists, or Americans who want to hear the original Capitol Creator/CapitolRecords releases the way they heard them in TheSixties, Capitol/Apple released two four-CD boxed sets of remasters of those albums, with both stereo/fake stereo and mono mixes: ''Meet The Beatles!'', ''The Beatles' Second Album'', ''Beatles '65'' and ''Something New'' (on Vol. 1), and ''Help!'' (with Ken Thorne's soundtrack music), ''Beatles IV'', ''The Early Beatles'' (basically a Capitol repackaging of Vee-Jay Records' ''Introducing The Beatles'' [itself a ''Please Please Me'' repackage/resequence] released after Capitol bought the American distribution rights to the 1963 material from Vee-Jay) and the American "Rubber Soul" (on Vol. 2). Because of slow sales, a "Volume 3" was not released, so ''Yesterday And Today'', the American ''Revolver'' and the 1970 compliation ''Hey Jude'' (and whatever other content a fourth disc might include, if any) remain unreleased. Also unavailable is the American ''A Hard Day's Night'' soundtrack with George Martin's orchestral pieces, originally released on the Creator/UnitedArtists label.Creator/UnitedArtistsRecords.



** Chances of the animated TV series ever getting an official DVD release are slim to none. However, episodes can be found here and they on YouTube for the curious but was taken off due to a copyright claim by UMG_MK.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Lennon and Harrison didn't see what all the fuss about ''Sgt. Pepper'' was about. Lennon cited Music/TheWhiteAlbum as his favourite Beatles release. To be fair, there is a substantial contingent of listeners and critics who agree with him.

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** Chances of the animated TV series ever getting an official DVD release are slim to none. However, episodes can be found here and they there on YouTube Website/YouTube for the curious but was taken off due to a copyright claim by UMG_MK.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Lennon and Harrison didn't see what all the fuss about ''Sgt. Pepper'' was about. Lennon cited Music/TheWhiteAlbum ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' as his favourite Beatles release. To be fair, there is a substantial contingent of listeners and critics who agree with him.



* NetworkToTheRescue: The classic story was that George Martin at Parlophone gave them their break after the other top British labels rejected them. In the first volume of his exhaustively-researched, still in-progress three volume Beatle biography, Mark Lewisohn revealed that it was actually EMI's music publishing division that first showed interest in John and Paul as writers.[[note]]Brian Epstein held out to get the whole band signed to a recording contract. EMI then dumped them into Martin's lap, since he'd run into some trouble with management and wasn't in a position to say no.[[/note]]

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* NetworkToTheRescue: The classic story was that George Martin at Parlophone Creator/ParlophoneRecords gave them their break after the other top British labels rejected them. In the first volume of his exhaustively-researched, still in-progress three volume Beatle biography, Mark Lewisohn revealed that it was actually EMI's music publishing division that first showed interest in John and Paul as writers.[[note]]Brian Epstein held out to get the whole band signed to a recording contract. EMI then dumped them into Martin's lap, since he'd run into some trouble with management and wasn't in a position to say no.[[/note]]



** ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' was to feature "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" as album tracks, but they wound up as singles. Also, a sequel to ''Pepper'' was to be released, with a track called "One Of The Beautiful People" being a prospected track, before it was rewritten into "Baby You're A Rich Man".
** Early on, the Beatles were signed to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}-based label [=VeeJay=] Records[[labelnote:*]]best known for early Chicago {{soul}} acts such as the Impressions, Betty Everett and their first non-black act in Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons[[/labelnote]] as their initial American label, and released their 1964 American debut "Introducing...The Beatles". However, financial problems with [=VeeJay=] led to the label dropping the band after that initial album (the label closed down two years later).
*** Said album was initially planned to be issued back in 1963, but those same financial difficulties, coupled with a lack of chart success with the two singles they issued so far[[labelnote:*]]the first one, "Please Please Me", credited to "The Beattles", sold only 7310 copies and was only a minor hit in Chicago, while the second one, "From Me to You", sold about 22,000 copies and reached #116 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 but was ''outdistanced by a Del Shannon cover''![[/labelnote]], led to the album being shelved until Beatlemania hit in early 1964. Those difficulties, which involved improper payment of royalties[[labelnote:*]]said improper payments led to the Four Seasons suing the label and jumping ship to Philips Records[[/labelnote]], forced the label to give the band away to UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}-based label Sway Records[[labelnote:*]]a small-time label mostly famous for Freddy Cannon[[/labelnote]], which issued the "She Loves You" single to a similar lack of initial success; by the end of 1963, it had only sold about 1000 copies and never charted in ''Billboard''.

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** ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' was to feature "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" as album tracks, but they wound up as singles. Also, a sequel to ''Pepper'' was to be released, with a track song called "One Of The Beautiful People" being a prospected track, before it was rewritten into "Baby You're A Rich Man".
** Early on, the Beatles were signed to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}-based label [=VeeJay=] Records[[labelnote:*]]best Records[[note]]best known for early Chicago {{soul}} acts such as the Impressions, Betty Everett and their first non-black act in Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons[[/labelnote]] Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons[[/note]] as their initial American label, and released their 1964 American debut "Introducing...The Beatles". However, financial problems with [=VeeJay=] led to the label dropping the band after that initial album (the label closed down two years later).
*** Said album was initially planned to be issued back in 1963, but those same financial difficulties, coupled with a lack of chart success with the two singles they issued so far[[labelnote:*]]the far[[note]]the first one, "Please Please Me", credited to "The Beattles", sold only 7310 copies and was only a minor hit in Chicago, while the second one, "From Me to You", sold about 22,000 copies and reached #116 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 but was ''outdistanced by a Del Shannon cover''![[/labelnote]], cover''![[/note]], led to the album being shelved until Beatlemania hit in early 1964. Those difficulties, which involved improper payment of royalties[[labelnote:*]]said royalties[[note]]said improper payments led to the The Four Seasons suing the label and jumping ship to Philips Records[[/labelnote]], Records[[/note]], forced the label to give the band away to UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}-based label Sway Records[[labelnote:*]]a Swan Records[[note]]a small-time label mostly famous for Freddy Cannon[[/labelnote]], Cannon[[/note]], which issued the "She Loves You" single to a similar lack of initial success; by the end of 1963, it had only sold about 1000 copies and never charted in ''Billboard''.



** [[https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2015/may/28/harrison-letter-offers-new-view-of-beatles-at-stax-story/ In early 1966 there was talk of]] recording what eventually became ''{{Music/Revolver}}'' at [[{{Soul}} Stax Studios]] in Memphis, but it got nixed for financial and safety reasons.

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** [[https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2015/may/28/harrison-letter-offers-new-view-of-beatles-at-stax-story/ In early 1966 there was talk of]] recording what eventually became ''{{Music/Revolver}}'' ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' at [[{{Soul}} [[Creator/StaxRecords Stax Studios]] in Memphis, but it got nixed for financial and safety reasons.
23rd Jan '17 5:10:34 AM 06tele
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*** Made even freakier by a [[http://www.themarysue.com/doctor-who-the-beatles/ recent photo release]] of The Beatles hanging out with a guy who looks EXACTLY like Creator/MattSmith (The Eleventh Doctor). Cue immediate suggestions by almost ''everyone'' that an episode HAS to be filmed with Eleven meeting the band...

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*** Made even freakier by a [[http://www.themarysue.com/doctor-who-the-beatles/ recent photo release]] of The Beatles hanging out with a guy who looks EXACTLY like Creator/MattSmith (The Eleventh Doctor). Cue immediate suggestions by almost ''everyone'' that an episode HAS to be filmed with Eleven meeting the band... [[note]]The guy in question doesn't look "exactly" like Matt Smith, or even much like him. To anyone familiar with the Beatles' staff, it's clearly their personal assistant Neil Aspinall.[[/note]]
8th Dec '16 2:07:54 PM DavidDelony
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* BadExportForYou: Many American fans and the band themselves perceived the American releases prior to ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' this way, as tracks were removed and added to the running orders. Some fans, however, particularly those who grew up in TheSixties, protested the "restoration" to the British running order in the CD era.

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* BadExportForYou: Many American fans and the band themselves perceived the American releases prior to ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' this way, as tracks were removed and added to the running orders. Some fans, however, particularly those who grew up in TheSixties, protested the "restoration" to the British running order in the CD era. There was enough demand to release a couple of box sets containing the U.S. albums.
12th Oct '16 11:32:30 PM thelivingtoad
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** Their only official live album, ''The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl'', was never issued on CD.

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** Their only official live album, ''The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl'', was never not issued on CD.CD until 2016, to coincide with Creator/RonHoward's documentary ''Eight Days a Week''.
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