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The Beatles' first professional recording was as backup to Tony Sheridan using the name "Beat Boys"

  2

Stuart Sutcliffe named the band "The Beatles"

  3

At one point in 1959 The Beatles were called "Johnny and the Moondogs"

  4

George's favorite candy is jelly babies

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John's middle name, before he switched it to Ono, was Winston (for Churchill)

  6

Decca Records rejected The Beatles

  7

John studied at the Liverpool College of Art

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Of the many women in Paul's life, one of the most beloved was his sheepdog Martha

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Ringo was reared in a section of Liverpool called Dingle

10

George named "Blue Jay Way" after the the street name of the rented house he wrote the song in.

11

John was brought up by his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George

12

Paul is the Beatle who officially dismantled the group. He went to court to do so

13

Ravi Shankar "the sultan of the sitar" taught George how to play the sitar

14

John is the author of the books "A Spaniard in the Works" and "In His Own Write"

15

Before he married Linda, Paul had once been engaged to Jane Asher

16

Paul was the first Beatle to go on tour after the band broke up

17

The first band member to tour America post-breakup was George

18

George's parents were Harold and Louise Harrison

19

Before the Beatles, Ringo played drums for Rory Storme and the Hurricanes

20

Ringo's first hit single as a solo artist was "It Don't Come Easy"

21

John's first wife was Cynthia Powell, with whom he had son Julian

22

Paul's album "Band on the Run" was recorded in Lagos and Nigeria, Africa

23

John recorded the album "Sometime in New York City" with Elephant's Memory

24

Ringo appears on the inside cover of George's "Living in a Material World" album

25

John named his cat Jesus

 


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26

George is a Pisces, a zodiac sign known for moodiness and creativity

27

Ringo became a Beatle in 1962

28

Fans once chanted "Pete Forever, Ringo Never!" when Ringo replaced Pete Best

29

George called the groupies who hung out at Apple Records "Apple Scruffs"

30

Paul goes by his middle name - his full name is James Paul McCartney

31

Linda Eastman and Yoko Ono both attended Sarah Lawrence College

32

"Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You" was the first single released by the Beatles In England

33

A fellow named Gene Mahon designed the Apple label

34

The Beatles gave their first live American concert at Washington Coliseum

35

On the cover of a solo album, John was quoted saying "I don't believe in The Beatles"

36

Ringo has two sons, Zack and Jason

37

Before George joined The Quarrymen he had his own group, The Rebels

38

Paul's working title for "Hey Jude" was "Hey Jules"

39

John once used the pseudonym "Dr. Winston O'Boogie"

40

"Yesterday" has been recorded more than any other Beatles song

41

Paul was routinely the first dressed for performances

42

Eric Segal of "Love Story" collaborated on the screenplay of Yellow Submarine

43

"When I'm 64" was inspired by Paul's dad, Jim McCartney, who was 64 years old

44

When they tried to make it as a duo, John and Paul called themselves the Nurk Twins

45

The early Beatles recording of "My Bonnie" was the single that first caught the attention of Brian Epstein

46

Paul is a Gemini, a notoriously creative zodiac sign

47

"Roll Over Beethoven" and "Rock and Roll Music" were both written by Chuck Berry

48

"Till There was You" was composed by Meredith Willson for the movie The Music Man before the Beatles made their own recording of the song

49

"You Really got a Hold on Me" was made popular by Smokey Robinson

50

Paul plays his guitar left-handed


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51

John and Yoko made a film that consisted solely of John smiling - for 90 minutes

52

When Ringo started playing with the Beatles, his salary was just 25.00

53

On June 12, 1965 the Beatles were made members of the Order of the British Empire

54

Parlophone was the name of the record company that first signed the Beatles

55

At a performance attended by the Royal Family, John quipped, "The people in the cheap seats clap. The rest of you just rattle your jewellery."

56

In 1964 a Detroit group of Beatles-hates formed a protest movement to drive the Beatles back to England. Their slogan was "Stamp Out the Beatles"

57

After the breakup, John George and Ringo were all handled by the same agent, Allen B. Klein. Paul was handled by Lee Eastman - Linda's father

58

After the breakup, George named his new label Dark Horse

59

The Beatles film Help! was filmed in Nassau (Bahamas) and the Austrian Alps

60

In the movie Let It Be, the Beatles perform on the roof of the Apple headquarters

61

George wrote "I Need You" about his girlfriend, Patty Boyd

62

George and Patty, to whom he engaged later, met on the set of A Hard Day's Night

63

Rumors that the "real" Paul had died in a 1966 car accident were fueled when a Miami voice specialist claimed he heard "three Pauls" in recordings of the singer

64

Paul woke up one morning with the tune to "Yesterday" in his head

65

Although Paul had dreamt up the tune to "Yesterday" there were still no lyrics. Originally he'd sing "scrambled eggs, you've got such pretty legs" the tune became known as "Scrambled Eggs" until he came up with the words to "Yesterday"

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Paul's father, James, had been a professional jazz band leader in the 1920's

67

When John invited Paul to join the skiffle band the Quarrymen in the mid fifties, the group played traditional American folk songs with acoustic guitars

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The name Quarrymen came from Quarrybank High School, where John was a student

69

The Beatles once called themselves The Silver Beatles

70

After playing clubs in Hamburg, the young Beatles moved on to the larger Kaiserkeller, but after their fifth month there, George was deported because he was 17 - underage for clubs. Pete Best and Paul followed him home

71

Original band member Stu Sutcliffe left the Beatles to pursue a painting career

72

John's mother gave him a second-hand guitar, which had cost her ten pounds

73

John's Aunt Mimi didn't approve of the guitar and told him "The guitar is all right, John, but you'll never make a living at it."

74

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" was inspired by a painting John's son Julian had painted of a nursery school friend named Lucy

75

Several songs were inspired by newspaper stories including "A Day In The Life" and "Lady Madonna"

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76

After "Please Please Me" became a smash-hit, American star Roy Orbison picked up the foursome as a support group for the three-week tour of Britain

77

"Love Me Do" was the Beatles first hit in Britain

78

John's biggest early influence was Elvis Presley

79

The Beatles recorded their first album Please Please Me in one marathon session

80

The Beatles left a Birmingham concert disguised as policemen

81

The lyrics to "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" came from an old poster John had bought at an antique shop advertising a variety show

82

"P.S. I Love You" was written by Paul for his girlfriend, Dot Rohne

83

After the Beatles played their last concert John's parting comment was "I hope we passed the audition"

84

John returned to live performance just as he announced that he was leaving the Beatles, creating the Plastic Ono band, which included Eric Clapton and later George Harrison and Keith Moon in the "Plastic Ono Supergroup"

85

"All My Loving" and "I Love Her" were written for Jane Asher

86

The phrase "Eight Days a Week" was coined by Ringo when he tried to describe the band's heavy work schedule. John heard it and decided to use it in a song

87

John said that "Ticket To Ride" was "one of the earliest heavy metal records made"

88

"Nowhere Man" recorded on October 21 and 22, 1965 was the first Beatles song that wasn't about love.

89

John's passion for peace is memorialized in New York's Central Park, where a section has been sanctioned off as "Strawberry Fields" and a mosaic with the word Imagine

90

Ringo once aspired to be a hairdresser

91

The last song on the Beatles last album, Let It Be, was actually the first song John and Paul ever wrote together

92

George Harrison's wife Pattie had an affair with another rocker - Eric Clapton. He wrote the song "Layla" for her

93

"Don't Pass Me By" was Ringo's first complete Beatles song

94

Paul McCartney sang background vocals on Donovan's "Mellow Yellow"

95

George was the first Beatle to release a solo album

96

When the Beatles performed in Hamburg, John wore a toilet seat around his neck

97

All three surviving Beatles have appeared on the TV series "The Simpsons"

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John joined Elton John on stage in Madison Square Garden in 1974 - singing his new hit "Whatever Gets You Through The Night", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There". In turned out to be his last live performance

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The Beatles gave their last concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966

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