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The Beatles – Hey Jude

The Beatles song Hey Jude was first called Hey Jules

The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” does not stand for “LSD.” The title actually comes from John Lennon’s son Julian, who left his mark on more than one Beatles song. His drawing of a nursery school classmate, Lucy O’Donnell caught his father’s eye. When asked what it was called, Julian replied, “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”

When John Lennon divorced Julian’s mother Cynthia, Paul McCartney composed a little song to cheer the boy up. Eventually the song Hey Jules evolved into Hey Jude.

Prior to being named “The Beatles” the band had several names. In the late 1950s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney formed a group to play skiffle music in Liverpool pubs. They began as the Quarrymen, then became: Johnny and the Moondogs, the Moonshiners, and Long John and the Silver Beatles. They became “The Beatles” in 1960.

In 1962, Decca Records rejected the Beatles, saying, “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” The Beatles went on to become the most famous band in the world, achieving 20 US and 17 UK No 1 singles, more than anyone else. They also hold the record for the most No 1 albums of all time, with 15 albums on Billboard. They sold more records than anyone – over a billion worldwide. The band broke up in 1970.

In May 1997, Paul McCartney broke his own world record by obtaining his 81st gold disc for the album “Flaming Pie.”

John Lennon’s final live performance was when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1974 to perform the song they co-wrote, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.”

In the 1965 Grammy’s, The Beatles lost to the Anita Kerr Singers for the Best Pop Vocal Prize. The Beatles Grammy Awards

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George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon