101-PLUS REASONS TO BE A BEATLES FAN: Some of Our Favorite Things About The Beatles

Ed Sullivan and his most famous guests.

Ever find yourself lapsing into lines from a Beatles film or song in the course of everyday conversation? Turning up the radio for a particular bit of harmony? Almost 28 years ago, Bill King and Al Sussman (with a hand from Leslie King and William T. King) came up with a list of some of those shared moments that keep Beatlemania alive. The original list was published in Beatlefan #89, July 1994, and here we present it again, with some bonus items covering the years since the original list was compiled. …

1. An Ed Sullivan introduction.

2. The harmonica on “Love Me Do.”

3. That unique blending of Lennon and McCartney’s voices.

4. The feedback begining “I Feel Fine.”

5. The Buckingham Palace scene in “Help!”

6. The rooftop concert.

7. That nervy performance at their first New York press conference.

8. The Granny Smith Apple Records label, with its sliced-apple B-side.

9. McCartney with a beard circa 1969-1970.

10. The hand claps on “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

11. The universalness of “In My Life.”

Many fans love the way The Beatles looked in January 1969.

12. The long hair in “Let It Be.”

13. The entire “Revolver” album, and the “quiet revolution” it ushered in to rock ‘n’ roll.

14. Ringo’s drumming on “Ticket to Ride.”

15. The greatest (and most successful) follow-up single ever: “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

16. John with the stuffy old man on the train in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

17. The backing vocals on “Help.”

18. The once-in-a-lifetime thrill of watching “All You Need Is Love” on the “Our World” global satellite telecast.

19. The “new look” promo films for “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

20. Paul’s innovative bass lines on the “Sgt. Pepper” album.

21. John’s spine-tingling voice on “A Day in the Life.”

22. The chord that lasts forever.

23. The trousers. (Oh, sorry. That was The Rutles.)

The Beatles at Shea Stadium.

24. The first Shea Stadium show.

25. “The Beatles are coming to town!”

26. The Richard Avedone portraits for Look magazine.

27. The Busby Berkeley-style ballroom scene at the end of “Magical Mystery Tour.”

28. That dramatic guitar riff throughout “Things We Said Today.”

29. The “Meet The Beatles!” (or “With The Beatles,” for you Brits) album cover shot.

30. The Ludwig drum kit with its Beatles logo on the bass drum — one of the most powerful icons in all of popular culture.

Ringo in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

31. Ringo going paradin’ in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

32. Jane Asher.

33. John’s “seasoning” in his soup in “Help!”

 34. That 1965 performance of “Yesterday” on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

35. The BBC Radio performances, particularly “Soldier of Love.”

36. The “Hey Jude” and Revolution” promo films, as shown on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”

37. Derek Taylor.

38. The “Got to Get You Into My Life” horns.

39. The original “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” LP packaging.

40. Lennon trading barbs with the inspector at Scotland Yard in “Help!”

41. Stu and Astrid and Klaus and Jurgen.

42. The fan club Christmas discs, but particularly the “Everywhere It’s Christmas” disc.

John with The Beatles’ record producer, George Martin.

43. George Martin.

44. The excitement engendered by the arrival of a new Beatles album.

45. That Rickenbacker 12-string sound.

46. “Hey Jude.”

47. The White Album portraits.

48. The Hofner violin bass.

49. “The people in the cheap seats clap. The rest of you just rattle your jewelry.”

50. The bass on “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

51. That first Feb. 9, 1964, “Ed Sullivan Show” — one of the greatest nationally shared moments in American TV history.

52. “With this ring I could … dare I say it, rule the world.”

53. The chance to hear Badfinger.

54. The backing vocals on “She’s Leaving Home.”

55. Apple’s First Four.

56. Peter & Gordon’s first three — all a gift from Paul.

57. John and Paul, face-to-face, on “Two of Us” in “Let It Be.”

58. Paul breaking up John with his Elvis imitation in the above sequence.

59. The harmonies on “Yes It Is.”

Beatles aide Mal Evans always was a fan favorite.

60. Mal.

61. Radio stations trying to outdo one another to premiere each new Beatles record.

62. Linda’s pictures.

63. “He’s very touchy about those drums; they loom large in his legend.”

64. The mono “Sgt. Pepper” album.

65. The U.S. single picture sleeves.

66. “It’s off ‘Beatles VI’ or something, I don’t know.”

67. The “Abbey Road” album cover.

68. The interplay between John’s lead vocal and Paul’s backing vocal on “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

69. The best B-sides in pop music history.

70. “Mak show.”

71. The stereo “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Beatles For Sale”

Sgt. Pepper’s band.

72. The “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album and the way it felt to listen to it that Summer of Love.

73. “Say no more.” … “I can say no more.”

74. Ringo’s drumming on “Something.”

75. John’s books.

76. “Yellow Submarine” — song and film.

77. Norm and Shake in “AHDN.”

78. Pattie Boyd.

79. The drums on “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

80. The chorus of “Frère Jacques” in the backing vocals of “Paperback Writer.”

81. The mournful French horn and aching beauty of “For No One.”

82. The Beatle wit.

83. The group harmonies on “Here There and Everywhere.”

84. “What little old man?”

85. That October 1964 “Shindig” appearance, when it was obvious The Beatles occupied a level all their own in pop music.

86. The guitars on “And Your Bird Can Sing.”

87. Newspaper taxis.

88. Their multi-media demonstration that rock musicians could be artists.

89. Side 2 of “Abbey Road.”

90. The “Can’t Buy Me Love” guitar solo.

91. The alliteration of “made her look a little like a milit’ry man” in “Lovely Rita.”

92. “Her name was McGill and she called herself Lil, but everyone knew her as Nancy.”

93. “Bang bang, shoot shoot.”

94. Paul’s backing vocal on “Come Together.”

Lennon had one of rock’s great singing voices.

95. Lennon’s singing on the White Album.

96. The end of “Hey Bulldog” with Paul’s barking making John laugh.

97. The lyrics of “Across the Universe.”

98. George Martin’s double-speed piano solo in “In My Life.”

99. Victor Spinetti.

100. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

101.”I’d like to thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”

BONUS LISTING

102. The ABC-TV on-screen countdown clock to the debut of “Free As a Bird.”

The Threetles.

103. The three “Anthology” albums, especially No. 2.

104. Paul hugging George during the “Real Love” video.

105. The Concert for George.

106. The “Hey Bulldog” in-the-studio music video.

107. Picking out the Fab visual references in the video for “Free As a Bird.”

108. “The Capitol Albums,” Volumes 1 and 2.

109. The Beatles’ Rock Band game.

110. The “LOVE” show in Vegas.

111. Sheila E., the lone female All Starr.

112. 9/09/09 and the digitally remastered Beatles catalog.

113. Mark Lewisohn’s “Tune In.”

115. “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.”

At the Grammys salute in 2014.

114. George’s posthumous album leading off with “Any Road.”

116. The chart success of the “1” album, a starter kit for 21st century Beatles fans.

117. Ringo’s mantra: “Peace and love, peace and love!”

118. Sir Paul and Sir Richard.

119.The Beatles Channel.

120. The bonus material on the 50th anniversary Beatles album deluxe box sets compiled by Giles Martin.

121. All those archive releases from Paul, John and George.

122. Lego Beatles and Yellow Submarine.

John Lennon Forever.

123. The John Lennon U.S. postage stamp.

124. The Macca “Carpool Karaoke.”

125. All 468 minutes of “The Beatles: Get Back.”

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1 Response to 101-PLUS REASONS TO BE A BEATLES FAN: Some of Our Favorite Things About The Beatles

  1. Chuck says:

    listening to all 5 instruments with headphones of DEAR PRUDENCE

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