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Before You Loved The Beatles
27 January 2013
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What did you think about the Beatles before you loved them? Did you like them? Did you even know about them? Could you name them all? Could you tell apart their voices? Their faces?

For me, I could name them, but the only one I could tell apart from the others was Ringo because he had the biggest nose. (No offense, Ringo.) I could usually tell Ringo's voice from the others, but not always.

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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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28 January 2013
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Before I reeeeally got into them I knew who they were (my parents played their music all the time) and I knew what they looked like (except for Ringo, really had no clue until a few years ago) but that's only because my parents owned solo albums by them (except for Ringo again. Sorry Ringo) So I basically had no idea of what they looked like during their time in the Beatles and I didn't really know a lot of songs (Not a lot of them had stuck)

28 January 2013
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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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28 January 2013
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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. 

28 January 2013
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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

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28 January 2013
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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).

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
30 January 2013
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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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31 January 2013
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What I thought of the Beatles before? Well as I rember from second grade I beleive I said "Who on Earth are the Beatles, I will never EVER like them." I had terrible predictions back then.

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31 January 2013
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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!"

 

31 January 2013
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For some reason I can't quite remember, as a child I was under the impression that all the Beatles had ginger hair and glasses. When asked who my favourite was, I would always say "Ringo" because he had the most interesting name even though I knew nothing else about them. I first learned what they all looked like and which one was which when my mother showed me a Beatles scrapbook she had made as a girl, at the height of Beatlemania, composed of cutouts and articles from magazines. I also remember when George died (I would have been 9) my teacher told the class about the day she came home from school in 1980 and her mother was crying because John had been shot. 

When I was a little older, maybe 11 or 12, I was still largely unfamiliar with their music but was unwilling to listen to a lot of it because I'd creeped myself out reading about backmasking, Revolution 9 and the "Paul is Dead" stuff on the internet; I remember reading the lyrics to I Am The Walrus and being quite disturbed by how random and anarchic they were and thinking the song must be really frightening. The "pornographic priestess" line stuck out particularly in my impressionable little brain.

 

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4 February 2013
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Before I was really into The Beatles, I thought they were just alright. I even thought they were a little overrated. I remember when I was young somebody told me they were famous because of their hair...
I thought this for the longest time.

4 February 2013
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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.

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4 February 2013
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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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4 February 2013
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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.

 

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4 February 2013
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Well, Elton John did seem to be confused at that time. He married a woman.

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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.

6 February 2013
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There was never really a time for me "before the Beatles." From as far back as I can remember, I always heard them along with other bands my parents always listened to (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rolling Stones, etc). Heck, my mom tells the story that by the time I was 2 or 3 my dad had taught me all the band members names in those band and I could identify them all correctly when they pointed to them in pictures! :lol: Of course, I've done this with my son, who is 3...we can watch any video or see any pic of the Beatles and he knows who is who instantly.

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7 February 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
What did you think about the Beatles before you loved them?

Not much...then again, I was only 3 years old before I loved them.

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18 February 2013
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I honestly don't remember well what I knew about them when I was a kid. Unfortunately I didn't listen to much music, but somehow I knew more than I realized. I could name them all, probably because it's so easy to find Beatles references everywhere, and I didn't need to know their music to recognize them and their names (of course I knew some songs, because, well, I live on this planet!)

When I was about 9-10 years old, I read a Disney story with Mickey Mouse and Goofy: they travelled in a time machine to go back to the early 60s and meet the Beatles in Liverpool. There were caricatures of the four of them, I don't remember if I could really recognize them all the first time, but maybe a couple of years later I knew enough to say I didn't like the way George was drawn... So at that point, if I could recognize George, there's a 99.9% chance that I knew the other 3 as well :D

Well, this was just a little random fact, but I can't remember much, except that my cousin liked them and had a poster with all the album covers, so maybe I subcounsciously memorized things in my head without actually listening to music and asking for info. I just didn't care.

 

 

 

 

 

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