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50 Classical Facts about the Beatles Band You Should Know

1Candlestick Park concert

On August 29, 1966, The Beatles played what would become their last official concert as a band at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. The Park's capacity was 42,500, but only 25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats. - Source


2. The Canadian rock band Rush stands third after the Beatles and Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.


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3. There is only one known recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing together after the breakup of the Beatles. In it, Lennon is heard offering Stevie Wonder a snort of cocaine. - Source


4. The only time Elvis and the Beatles met, they were so star struck that Elvis threatened to go to bed unless one of the band members spoke to him. - Source


5. The number plates (LMW 281F) on the white Volkswagen Beetle known for being on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road, was stolen repeatedly from the car after the album was released. - Source


6The Beatles music

The Beatles literally stopped touring because their music could not be amplified loud enough to compete with screaming crowd noise, even with custom, purpose-built amplifiers. - Source


7. Weird Al intended to parody the Beatles "Free as a Bird" on his album Bad Hair Day. Paul McCartney gave permission for the parody, but since John Lennon wrote the song, he passed the decision on to Yoko Ono, who said no. - Source


8. The Beatles song "Come Together" was written for Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California. His campaign ended after he was arrested for marijuana possession. - Source


9. After Bob Dylan offered The Beatles marijuana when he first met them in 1964, he was shocked to find out they weren't regular smokers. Dylan had misheard the lyric 'I can't hide' from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' as 'I get high'. - Source


10. The Beatles did not know how to read music and George Harrison once said that he thought if he learned music theory it would ruin his ability to write songs.


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11Beatles' Tokyo performance

Before performing in Japan, the Beatles received an anonymous message: "Do not go to Tokyo. Your life is in danger". 35,000 police officers were tasked to protect the group. The Japanese audience was so polite and quiet, they were able to hear how bad their live performance really was. - Source


12. There is a small town in Australia which has a decommissioned submarine on display in a park, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' visit to the country, community members knitted yellow wool squares to cover the entire submarine. - Source


13. In 1968, the Beatles formed Apple Corps Ltd (informally known as Apple). In 1981, a lawsuit was settled with Apple Computer with the payment of $80,000 to Apple Corps. As a condition of the settlement, Apple Computer agreed to stay out of the music business. - Source


14. In The Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," neither George Harrison nor John Lennon plays the lead guitar part, Eric Clapton does. - Source


15. The Beatles were considering to name their 1969 album Everest and even flying to the Himalayas to shoot the cover photo. Instead, they named it Abbey Road and shot the cover photo in front of the studio.


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16John Lennon and Ringo Starr

John Lennon never said "Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world. He isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". It was uttered by British comedian Jasper Carrott in 1983, three years after Lennon's death. - Source


17. The Beatles have sold more records than Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Nirvana, the Beach Boys and Kanye West combined by over 30 million units. - Source


18. Carl Sagan wanted to include the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" on the golden record sent into space on the Voyager spacecraft. The Beatles said yes, EMI said no. - Source


19. When the Beatles wrote the song "With a Little Help from My Friends", the first line ended with 'What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would You Throw Ripe Tomatoes at Me?', but Ringo Starr changed it so that fans would not throw tomatoes at him should he perform it live. - Source


20. When The Beatles were at a British Embassy reception in Washington D.C., someone cut off a lock of Ringo's hair as a souvenir. Ringo told an interviewer, "These diplomats just don't know how to behave." - Source


21The Beatles

During the week of 4 April 1964, the Beatles held the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles simultaneously. This feat hasn't been accomplished by any other artist to date, the closest being 50-Cent, who placed three titles simultaneously. - Source


22. In Soviet Russia, rebellious teenagers who mimicked the Beatles' hair were arrested and forced to have their hair cut in police stations - Source


23. In 1974, Lorne Michaels offered $3000 on SNL for the Beatles to reunite. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both of whom happened to be watching the show together at Lennon's home, considered walking over to the studio just a few blocks away but decided not to because they were tired. - Source


24. Paul McCartney intended "Let It Be" as an Aretha Franklin song. She took so long to release it that The Beatles recorded it themselves. - Source


25. In 1967, The Monkees sold more records than The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined. - Source

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