Companies, etc. Produced For – Flame Television. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in separate interviews talk about their lives and their time in the Beatles.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led them to be regarded as the most influential band of all time. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Lennon–McCartney (sometimes McCartney–Lennon) was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) and Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) of the Beatles. It is one of the best known and is the most successful musical collaboration ever by records sold, with the Beatles selling over 600 million records worldwide as of 2004.
100 fab facts on The Beatles. 1. A Hard Day’s Night is the only Beatles album where all of the songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. 2. Saturday is the only day of the week not mentioned in Lady Madonna. 3. Both Linda Eastman and Barbara Bach were in attendance at the famous Beatles’ August 15th, 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Though they didn’t know it at the time, Linda would later marry Paul McCartney and Barbara would go on to marry Ringo Starr. The recording of the song featured all three remaining former Beattles (Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney). 19. Flying to Portland during The Beatles 1965 North Amercian tour, one of the four engines on the plane caught fire, resutlting in the plane landing belching thick black smoke.
On February 21, 1975, John Lennon released an album of late 1950’s and early 1960’s covers called Rock ‘n’ Roll. The album cover features a 1961 photo of Lennon in a doorway in Hamburg, Germany with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground. Those figures are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe. The Beatles drummer at the time Pete Best chose to not come along. Here’s the actual photo used for the album cover taken by photographer Jurgen Vollmer.
When Paul returns to Liverpool after some time away, he is not greeted by the dull life he expected to continue before he left. He ends up meeting John Lennon, his school’s drug-dealer and a massive flirt, who is none too subtle about his intentions with this new kid. John’s negative influence begins to alight a spark in the smoldering fire of Paul’s existence, and the younger boy becomes addicted to the thrill. In Hamburg, Paul is finding it difficult to stay awake following all of the nightly shows that the Silver Beatles are performing. Astrid and Stuart recommend that John, Paul, Pete and George take stimulants to help them stay awake on stage. But Paul is reluctant to accept the drugs due to personal reasons and John doesn't want his friend to do something that he isn't sure about.
Paul McCartney is rubbing his eyes, literally and metaphorically. Literally, because when we meet this week he has just flown back from playing a private gig in Las Vegas. Metaphorically, because I put it to him that he should be rubbing his eyes over the fact that he still has a hectic touring schedule, is on TV tonight showcasing his latest album, has gigs and an album. He would have liked some of the songs on this album. We thought of Lennon/McCartney as following on from Rodgers and Hammerstein. For McCartney, the love of those songs started when he was a child and the extended family gathered in his home every New Year's Eve. My dad used to play piano on New Year's Eve and all the ladies would sit around sipping their rum and blackcurrant. Ironically, in retrospect, Lennon and McCartney predicted in the early days that they might end up writing a musical.