The Beatles are the epitome of musical icons and are still considered the top music group even after almost 60 years of their establishment. They are also what every boy band aspires to be and at one time were the biggest thing on earth.
The Liverpool band are considered by many as not only musical but cultural icons. The phenomenal band left their mark on the whole world through their music and due to this, it has made them rock divinity.
Such an iconic and legendary band is recognized by all but there are still some things even the most hardcore Beatles fan may not know about the Fab Four. We have listed some unknown facts about the globally dominant rock group below.
Top 10 Unknown Facts About The Beatles
1. The Beatles’ Album Revolver Was Named The Best Pop Album Of All Time By The Vatican
Religious groups and The Beatles did not usually mix and there were a huge controversy and backlash against The Beatles when John Lennon remarked that the group was bigger than Jesus in March 1966.
However, the music of The Beatles transcended religion and in 2010 their album “Revolver” was named the best pop album in history by the Vatican. The Vatican also forgave The Beatles for the comment made by Lennon in 1966.
2. Beatlemania Was Stated By A 15-Year-Old Girl
Although the Beatles were hugely famous in the UK per 1964 they were not as popular across the pond. The popularity in the USA started only after a teenager named Marsha Albert in Maryland called a radio station after watching a segment made on the band on TV.
She called a radio station and asked the RJ why they could not have this kind of music in the USA. After the RJ played “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” the demand for Beatles songs grew overnight and soon Beatlemania took over the airwaves.
3. Lennon & Mccartney Have Denied That Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Is A Song About LSD
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is one of the best psychedelic songs ever written and most people consider the song to be about the psychedelic drug LSD or Lysergic Acid.
The lyrics, album, music, and an era in which it was released all point to it being a song about LSD but Beatles Members Paul McCartney and John Lennon denied the rumors. Even the songs abbreviation points towards a reference to LSD as when Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is abbreviated it spells our LSD.
4. None Of The Members Of The Beatles Could Read Traditional Music Notation
The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians in the world but it may come as a surprise to many that they could not read the staff notations in which music is traditionally written.
John Lennon also said that none of the Beatles were talented in traditional music and were not as talented as studio musicians.
5. George Harrison Survived An Assassination Attempt
John Lesson was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980 and another Beatle George Harrison also faced an assassination attempt in his home.
Michael Abram broke into the house of George Harrison in 1991 and tried to kill him although it was initially considered a burglary gone wrong it was later found that Chapman was mentally ill and heard voices in his head. He thought the Beatles members were witches.
6. The Beatles Were Initially Turned Down By Decca Records
At the time when The Beatles were yet to encapsulate the whole world in their music and charm, they approached Decca records and asked them for a record deal but the record company did not sign them and they were signed by Parlophone and George Martin.
George Martin is also known as the fifth Beatle for his involvement with the band. When they were signed to Parlophone their drummer was Pete Best and not Ringo Starr. Martin also replaced best with Starr and made the group into internationally revered music icons.
7. The Fab Four Were Introduced To LSD By George Harrison’s Dentist
The incident took place when they were having dinner in the two-bedroom flat near London George Harrison, John Lennon along with their wives with Harrison’s dentist in April 1965.
They were eating dinner in the dining room but left the room and went to the lounge where the dentist secretly slipped LSD in their coffees. Both Beatles describe the experience of the drug as surreal.
8. The Band Wanted To Start Their Own Community On Greek Islands
While at their prime The Beatles almost started a community in islands near the coast of Athens, Greece. The attempt was especially backed by John Lennon who said “They’ve tried everything else. Wars, nationalism, fascism, communism, capitalism, nastiness, religion – none of it works. So why not this?”
Maybe Lennon did “Imagine” a community with no boundaries and human suffering like his song.
9. They Officially Disbanded At Disney World
An article in The Daily Mail published the moment recalled by May Pang (Lennon’s former girlfriend) when John Lennon Officially ended The Beatles at Disney World.
Lennon signed the papers which would officially disband the group in 1970. McCartney officially announced that the group would break up on April 10, 1970.
10. Strawberry Field Exists And Is An Actual Place
Strawberry Fields Forever might be counted among the best psychedelic rock tracks in history but despite the dreamy lyrics, Strawberry Field is an actual place, a children’s home near where John Lennon grew up.
The Salvation Army run children’s home is where John Lennon used to sneak into and play despite the best efforts of his aunt. The lyrics of the famous song may refer to a utopia but in actuality, he is referring to a hardship-filled children’s home.
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