A Beatles Miscellany: Everything you always wanted to know about the Beatles but were afraid to ask

A Beatles Miscellany: Everything you always wanted to know about the Beatles but were afraid to ask

by John Van Der Kiste


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This fact-filled volume includes UK and US discographies with full track listings and chart positions, a complete list of live performances from 1960 to 1969; a look at the origins of the group’s name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and ‘inner circle’; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and TV appearances; the ‘Paul is dead’ story that gripped some of the media in the late 60s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately weren’t; and much more. Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, ‘and you know that can’t be bad’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781555828
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria's Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and ‘Alfred—Queen Victoria's Second Son’ and ‘Prussian Princesses’ for Fonthill. He lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

The Beatles 9

The Group Name 9

When Each Member Joined 9

When Each Member Left 10

When The Beatles Split 11

What Other Said about or to The Beatles 12

What The Beatles Said 17

Press Conference Quotes 22

The Beatles' Inner Circle 24

Producers Associated with The Beatles 27

The Temporary and Nearly Beatles 29

Early Sessions 33

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones 34

The Beatles and Bob Dylan 36

The Beatles and Elvis Presley 39

The Beatles and the Tremeloes 40

The Beatles and Donovan 41

The Beatles and Badfinger 42

The Beatles and the Electric Light Orchestra 43

The Beatles' Gigs 44

The Beatles' London Recording Studios 57

British Singles 58

American Singles 60

Songs The Beatles Gave Away 61

The Best-Selling Singles in Britain 67

The Drums on 'Love Me Do' and Others 68

British Eps (Extended Play) 69

British Albums 70

Compilation Albums, Boxed Sets and Others 73

American Albums 78

The Beatles' Christmas Records 81

Compilations and Other Post-1970 Releases in America 83

The Cast of the Sergeant Pepper Sleeve 84

The Album Titles that Never Were 85

Record Labels in Britain 85

Record Labels in America 87

The Beatles' Films 88

The Please Please Me Fiftieth Anniversary 90

The Night that Changed America 90

Not Quite The Beatles 91

The Beatles' Picture Discs and Coloured Vinyl 92

The Beatles on 78 rpm 93

Artists on Apple Records 94

The Beatles American Chart Takeover 95

The Beatles on Desert Island Discs 96

The Beatles on Juke Box Jury 100

The Beatles on Top of the Pops 103

The Beatles on Thank Your Lucky Stars 105

The Beatles on Ready Steady Go! 106

Beatles on Blackpool Night Out 107

The Beatles on BBC Radio 107

British No. 1 Singles Written by Lennon and McCartney 114

Most-Recorded Beatles Cover Versions 114

Beatles Cover Versions in General 117

Day by Day 120

The Beatles Solo 129

Record Labels Launched by The Beatles as Soloists 136

'Paul is Dead'-Really? 136

The Beatles Most Controversial Song? 138

The Beatles for GCSE 139

Definitely Not The Beatles 140

Finally 141

Bibliography 143

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