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The Beatles breakup: Paul McCartney’s ‘out of control rage’ at John Lennon – ‘You’ll PAY’

In 1970, the Fab Four finally split following the release of their last studio album Let It Be. But, of course, even around the time of The Beatles breakup, they were working on their solo careers. Ringo Starr had already released his debut in Sentimental Journey on March 27 and just four days later – 50 years ago this week – saw Paul McCartney in a great rage against John Lennon and the others.

The Beatles’ final album Let It Be was set for release on April 24, but McCartney was insistent that his solo album release a week earlier on April 17.

According to The Telegraph, Ringo hand-delivered a letter from Lennon and George Harrison to McCartney at his St John’s Wood home.

The contents said that releasing the two albums so close together was “stupid” and so The Beatles had told the record company to postpone McCartney’s solo album until June 4.

In Beatles book The One You Make, it’s reported by a source that McCartney “flew into a rage” at the news.

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Who is The Walrus? We take a trip with one of The Beatles most bizarre songs

We’re taking a look back one of The Beatles strangest songs, ‘I Am The Walrus’, and finding out who exactly Lennon was talking about when he wrote the track for the 1967 television film The Magical Mystery Tour.

If you missed The Beatles the first time around there’s a good chance that you will, at one point in your life, have professed to not liking them. Whether it was because of teenage rebellion or a refusal to believe the hype, at moments in our lives we’ve all claimed the Fab Four to be a dinosaur.

Such claims are usually met with a snort of derision (quite rightly) but there is some validity to the argument, namely in songs such as ‘I Am The Walrus’. The track, upon first listening, is a confounding fever dream of cartoonish imagery and kaleidoscopic language that would seem more at home in a Monty Python pastiche.

Lennon and McCartney may have been credited with the song but it is solely written by Lennon. Released as the B-side to ‘Hello, Goodbye’ the track has become synonymous with the Fab Four’s wilder days, often cited as another pulsating and confusing introduction to The Beatles use of LSD. But in fact, its roots go back to Lennon’s school.

A student from his former school, Quarry Bank High School, sent Lennon a letter telling him that his teacher has been analysing Beatles lyrics. The letter, which amused Lennon, inspired him to construct one of his most deliberately confusing songs.

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Revisiting the time George Harrison’s house was raided by police as part of infamous 1969 drug bust

March 12th, 1969, is a monumental day in the history of The Beatles for two polar opposite reasons. Just as the London police service launched a suspiciously well-timed drugs raid conducted on George Harrison’s estate, his bandmate Paul McCartney was on the way to the church to marry his fiance, Linda, on the very same day.

The raid, which came shortly after John Lennon was also visited as part of a wide-scale attempt to indict as many high profile names as possible, was directed with the attempt to gain maximum media attention in an effort to spread an anti-drug message with the likes of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton also being targeted.

At the time of the drugs bust, Harrison was busy working at the Beatles’ Apple Corps headquarters. However, his wife at the time, Pattie Boyd, was home and remembered the visit vividly in her autobiography Wonderful Tonight: “Suddenly I heard a lot of cars on the gravel in the drive, far too many for it to be just George,” she wrote. “My first thought was that maybe Paul and Linda wanted to party after the wedding. Then the bell rang. I opened the door to find a policewoman and a dog standing outside. At that moment the back-doorbell rang and I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is so scary!’ I’m surrounded by police.”

His then-wife contacted Harrison to tell him to return home and, by the time he arrived, the house had been checked from pillar to post by the drugs squad who, it is widely reported, many of whom were too starstruck to approach Harrison directly. Upon arriving home, Harrison supposedly told the officers: “You needn’t have turned the whole bloody place upside down. All you had to do was ask me and I would have shown you where I keep everything.”

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50 years without The Beatles – the biggest band break-up in history

It wasn’t quite the day the music died, but for Beatles fans the world over, it must have felt pretty close.

On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney issued a press release alongside advance copies of his solo album, which seemed to announce the Beatles’ demise.

Framed as the transcript to a Q&A, he confirmed that he did not miss his band-mates, that he was not planning anything with them, and that he could not foresee writing any future songs with John Lennon. When asked if he enjoyed solo work, he said: “I only had me to ask for a decision, and I agreed with me.”

Lennon responded furiously, but his words seemed to confirm those of his band-mate. “He can’t have his own way, so he’s causing chaos. I put out four albums last year, and I didn’t say a f***ing word about quitting.” In reality, he had privately departed months before.

While millions of fans gently wept, the headline writers tried to work out what on earth had happened. For the public it was a bolt from the blue, but for band insiders it was less Day In The Life, more Long And Winding Road. For three or four years, the group had bickered and squabbled, and all four members had either temporarily quit or threatened to.

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Beatles: Why Mick Jagger Nearly Felt ‘Sick’ When He Heard ‘Love Me Do’

“Love Me Do” was the Beatles’ first hit. It remains an iconic song. Few track better encapsulate the innocent rock ‘n’ roll of the Fab Four’s early hits.

However, not everyone who heard the song back in the day liked it. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was rather upset when he heard it. He felt the Beatles were stealing his band’s musical style – but also found the song inspiring.

“Love Me Do” is a song that blends lots of genres. You can hear elements of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and R&B in it. “Love Me Do” is pretty close to being a Rolling Stones song. It just needs lyrics that are more provocative and a throatier vocal performance.

Jagger noticed the similarity between “Love Me Do” and the Rolling Stones’ music, as did fellow band member Brian Jones. They felt the Beatles had stolen their style. At the same time, they saw it as a departure from the rest of the British music scene, which they saw as unhip.

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[blogger’s note – Hmmm – sounds like ‘fake news to me! The Rolling Stones didn’t play their first gig until July 1962 – and the Beatles recorded Love Me Do in September 1962. I’m sure the Beatles hadn’t heard of the Rolling Stones by then, least of all heard their musical style!]

New Book – The Beatles Fab Four Cities: Liverpool Hamburg, London and New York

Coming soon – a new book ‘The Beatles – Fab Four Cities: Liverpool, Hamburg, London and New York. By Richard Porter, David Bedford and Susan Ratisher Ryan, with much help from Peter Paetzold.
All the authors are Beatles guides in their respective home cities, and bring insights on how the Beatles were influenced by the cities, and how they influenced the cities. All four cities have many other connections, apart from the Beatles, and these are covered too.
The book will be published by ACC Books in the summer. If you would like more info on the book, and would like to register for more news about it, please message me, and I will put you on our mailing list. We hope to start taking pre-orders very soon and there will be a new website about the book, and the tours conducted by the authors. Stay tuned for more info soon!

Julian Lennon felt ‘cast aside’ by dad John Lennon

John Lennon‘s son felt ”cast aside” when he embarked on a relationship with Yoko Ono.

Julian Lennon has recalled how he felt the late Beatles legend had ”disappeared off the face of the planet” when he divorced his mother Cynthia in 1968 and got together with the artist because they had very little contact.

Julian said: ”Suddenly my dad literally disappeared off the face of the planet. At least, that’s how it seemed to me.

”He and Yoko Ono were deeply and publicly in love. And I felt as if my mum and I had been cast aside.”

Julian, now 56, felt grateful that his dad’s bandmate Sir Paul McCartney didn’t ”forget” about him.

He added: ”Not everyone forgot about us, though. Paul wrote Hey Jules after dropping in to check how my mum and I were doing. (Obviously, the title of the song changed to Hey Jude).”

The ‘Saltwater’ singer didn’t speak to his dad – who was shot dead in 1980 – for almost a decade but credits his ”gentle” mother for helping them repair their relationship.

He told Observer magazine: ”Maybe 10 years passed during which my dad and I barely spoke. I was very angry about how he left the family.

”It was thanks to my mum that we started having conversations again. She was such a gentle soul, never vindictive in any way, shape or form. She always wanted me to have a relationship with him.”

Julian still strives for ”forgiveness and understanding” towards his late father and holds his memory ”dear”, though he can’t ”forget” John’s behaviour towards Cynthia.

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Jim James Covers The Beatles’ ‘The Inner Light’

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James shared video of the 1968 George Harrison-penned Beatles song “The Inner Light.” James covered the tune as part of The Material World Foundation’s “The Inner Light Challenge.”

“The Inner Light Challenge” is an interactive fundraising event that comes on the heels of a $500,000 donation from Harrison’s The Material World Foundation to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief FundSave the Children and Doctors Without Borders. To raise an additional $100,000, The Material World Foundation will donate $1 for anyone who shares a version of “The Inner Light” with the hashtag #innerlight2020 with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Jim James and many more getting behind the project. Head to The Material World Foundation’s website for more info.

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Remember This? Apple and the Beatles Went to Court 14 Years Ago Today

There are a lot of things one could go to court over within the technology industry. Sometimes it’s over issues of structural abuse or censorship. Sometimes it’s a case involving monopolistic control of the market. And sometimes it’s just because there’s a shared name based on a popular fruit.

For the majority of Apple’s history, there has been an underlying conflict simmering beneath the surface. In 1978, Apple (the tech company) received a lawsuit claiming trademark infringement from Apple Corps.

Apple Corps?

Apple Corps is the holding company that the Beatles founded in the midst of their career with the intention of maintaining their brand label, Apple Records. So seeing a tech company use the same label was a problem for them.

In 1981, Apple reported that they paid Apple Corps an undisclosed amount to resolve the matter for a time. Apple Corps would consider the lawsuit finished, as long as Apple did not get into the music business. But this lawsuit was not resolved.

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Please Please Me – a Note from Your Blogger

Thank you all for visiting my blog :>)

As some of you will know – I am a Beatles tour guide in London – something I’ve been doing for 30 years. However, due to the Coronovirus, my tours have been suspended until further notice :<(

However, in the ‘down time’ I will keep this blog going with all the latest Beatles news from around the world, and exclusive articles about the Beatles in London.

I would be very grateful if you could buy my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ – which is available as an Ebook at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DVQ4P6U – which acts as a self guided tour to all the major Beatles places in London, and the stories behind them.

If you enjoy this blog – please send a donation to https://www.paypal.me/beatleslondon

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That will keep the blog going in these trouble times.

Many thanks!

Richard Porter