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Before You Loved The Beatles
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27 January 2013
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I didn't know any of their names and I also didn't know any of their songs, I really didn't even know who they were. When I got into The Beatles and was listening to all of their songs, many of them I knew and had always liked, but had just never known it was The Beatles.

I posted this in another thread, but the first memory I have of The Beatles before really knowing who they are is I was listening to Hello Goodbye by the Jonas Brothers on YouTube, and all of the comments were saying that the Jonas Brothers' version sucked and The Beatles version was amazing. The Beatles Hello Goodbye music video was a related video, so I clicked on it, and I hated it. It was going to slow for my likes, and I thought they all looked like creeps with their moustaches and Pepper's outfits. The only other one is after Michael Jackson died, my mom and grandma were talking about what a terrible person he was for outbidding Paul McCartney on the Lennon/McCartney songs, and I remember asking who Paul McCartney is. Five months after that, is when I became obsessed with The Beatles.

 

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I honestly dont know as i was young - 9 or 10 when i started buying their music.

As said elsewhere their music was part of my upbringing as my parents had some of their albums on cassette and/or vinyl, i would rush home from school and play side 3 of Love Songs all the time as i loved the middle 3 songs especially Youre Going To Lose That Girl. And being very young kids and finding Sexy Sadie listed on the White Album, along with 2 of my brothers we played it making sure the door was closed. The innocence of youngsters. But it was mixed up with other oldies and current 80's music.

I dont remember how much i knew back them but in do recall being fascinated by the back cover of the Hey Jude LP, especially with John (not sure if i knew it was John or not) as he looked so different and trying to work out who was who on the back of the Oldies But Goldies cover. Its strange thinking back because we didnt have the internet and no beatles books except a murder case magazine on John, so its possible i figured out which was who from that (the first two books i got on the beatles were for christmas one year ('92?) and they were a chord book for the lyrics and the Bill Harry Beatles Encylopedia which i poured over). Its funny what you can remember from back then; the first 4 official beatles cassettes i bought in order were Help! (with the track order all wrong), the longplay single cassette of the Blue Album (with Back In The USSR switched with Revolution), the longplay single cassette of The Red Album, and the proper A Hard Days Night cassette - i was so excited getting that as it came with sleeve notes and pictures while the others didnt, they just had the tracklistings. That was amazing. I bought that in Woolworths in Ayr (a seaside town in Scotland).

Sorry - im drifting off into a hazy world of happy memories.

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I knew who they were, but I only knew Ringo's name because my parents kept telling me he was Mr. Conductor from Thomas The Tank Engine; however, I could never make the connection. To me it was like "Why is a guy from a band doing voices for a kids show?" not knowing about voice acting or The Beatles splitting. Later on I remember George getting stabbed and then dying. I remember hearing Imagine as a kid, then eventually learning who John was and then made the connection he was in The Beatles when I became a fan.  Even though I heard songs like Revolution when I was younger, I had forgotten that by the time was I like 13. I mostly knew songs like I Want To Hold Your Hand. As a kid I thought they all looked alike, thought they were brothers, and probably couldn't tell you which voice was which; furthermore, even as I became a fan early on I couldn't tell the voices apart. 

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I've been trying to remember, but it was so long ago.  Damn I'm getting old!   paul-mccartney  I believe I talked about this in another post, how I learned about them.  I had a music teacher in grade 7 (back in 1995/1996)  that taught us all about them.  From that, if I remember correctly, I retained the information of at least their first names, that they were from Liverpool, and that they had made movies as well as lots of music.  I also learned of John Lennon's unfortunate death in 1980 at that time.  The next thing I remember, I believe a year after that, was that amazing Simpsons episode  with Paul and Linda McCartney.  I asked my mom about them and that's when I learned about Linda and how wonderful she was with her animal activism (I started with that pretty early).  

 

Through high school I had a lot of friends that liked them, so that's when I heard more of their music.  I got more into them on my own throughout my twenties.  I was a John Lennon fan before I was a Paul fan, because of his "Peace and Love" movement.  Paul (and Linda's) animal activism is what drew me to them.  And here I am!  A Beatles freak and loving it! a-hard-days-night-john-6

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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I was really young when I first heard of the Beatles, I always thought that they only do love songs and ballads because the first song I've heard from them was All You Need Is Love (I think). And I barely recognised them when I first saw them. (ashamed to say that I couldn't distinguish them from each other for a couple of days).

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I also thought that most of John's songs were Paul's songs, except I thougt Let It Be was John's song.

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This is kinda amusing:  When I was a kid my mom listened to a lot a Micheal Bolton..  I know, I know, it was the 90's, ok?  a-hard-days-night-ringo-14  I heard his cover of "Yesterday"  well before I head the original...  a-hard-days-night-paul-3

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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Fom the age of 5-11 (1972-78) I was aware of the Beatles but couldn't name any of 'em
From 11-12 I could name
Paul McCartney and George Harrison but got John Lennon and Jack Lemmon confused!
Age 13 and beyond, I got 'em alll straightened out.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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My very first exposure to the Beatles was my hippie music teacher who used to make us harmonize "With A Little Help From My Friends" in the 4th grade (c. 1983).

At that point, we were all totally hopped up on Motley Crue's 'Shout At The Devil' and had no time for his Beatles nonsense.  So to prove his point, he played us  "Helter Skelter" (which as you may know was covered by the Crue on that very same album).  We were mildly impressed.  He may not have converted any of us, but we certainly sang "WALHFMF" with a bit more enthusiasm after that.

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vonbontee said
From 11-12 I could name
Paul McCartney and George Harrison but got John Lennon and Jack Lemmon confused!

I used to get John Lennon and Elton John confused.

 

Geometry, wisdom, tangerines... "The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say..."

Also known as Egg-Rock, Egg-Roll, E-George, Eggy, Ravioli, Eggroll Eggrolli...

Purple stuff... ellipses...

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^
Haha.

I used to get John Lennon and Elton John confused too when I was younger. And for some reason I thought everything was sung by Paul. Later I learned John had songs too. Then I thought John and Paul sang everything. Never knew about George until a few years ago. Or Ringo. I knew neither Paul nor John sang YS, but for some reason I never thought there were 2 others who could've sung it.

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