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Your Favorite Beatle, And Why
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5 August 2009
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BillyShears
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Mine has got to be John Lennon- Both for the incredible musicianship, and the wonderful personality... How about you guys?

11 October 2009
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I can't pick from them, either George for his incredible songwriting and guitar abilities or John, for his sense of humour. Best line is from Let It Be version of Get Back "Sweet Loretta Fart, she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying pan" heh, he always had the best one liners.

"Playing those mind games together, pushing the barriers, planting seeds. Playing the mind guerilla, chanting the Mantra, peace on earth." "And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz!" "I now declare this bridge open"
16 October 2009
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When the Beatles first found fame in 1963 I was 5! I had a poster of Paul on my wall because he was the left-handed one - just like me! My Mum always used to say that John was her favourite Beatle because he "fascinated" her.  This then went on to become true for me in later years. I actually lost interest in them once they went 'weird' growing moustaches and with the onset of the studio years. But then one day they appeared on Top of the Pops singing Let It Be and I was hooked again. From then on, when I watched anything on TV it was always John I looked at. The way he played his guitar, the stance and in interviews his quick-witted humour. He has since become what I can only describe as my hero. I can't say I approved of everything he did or that I like all of his music, but he was just FASCINATING!

I will relate a story that I swear is completely true. On the morning of 9th December 1980 the phone rang whilst I was still in bed. The phone was in the hallway and my Mum answered it.  I heard her say "no he's not up yet, he hasn't heard". When she put the phone down I called out and asked what was going on. "Something awful has happened" she said. Now don't ask me why I said what I did next, but it just came out.... I replied "It's one of the Beatles isn't it, someone had died. It's John". And as we all know it was indeed John.  Why did I assume that? Just one of those things.......

I can't, however, dismiss George. As I grew older out of the then surviving Beatles it was George I'd have most liked to have met. I live within 30 minutes from Henley and the number of times I went there just hoping I'd see him! Sadly it was not to be.  The one thing I can say about George is that he must be the most under-rated songwriter of all time. Yes he wrote Something & Here Comes The Sun but all those gems that are on his albums that never get played are such a waste of talent. The man hardly ever wrote a bad song......... John & Paul churned out '10 out of 10' songs regularly, but there were some duff ones in there too; George consistantly turned out '8.5 out of 10'.

I've seen Paul live three times now and the man is a legend.......and still left-handed! He can still produce a classic rocker from time to time. "Only Mama Know" was a belter.

Ringo? Well Ringo is Ringo. Still a great sense of humour but always tagged as the untalented one; the lucky one. Ringo's contribution to the Beatles was as important as the other three. Sadly his solo years after the early 70s have never lived up to much.

Have I answered the question Wink

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
17 January 2010
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AaronMontefusco123 said:

John.

His voice is amazing, it can be balladesque and simple, or it can be rocking. His ideals in peace and love inspire me. His image is awesome. His style is simple yet powerful. His voice sends chills down the spine.


He's the ONLY person to EVER do this to me! The second bridge in I Should Have Known Better where his vocal is only single-tracked is a prime example - I get goose bumps.  And on the Anthology the version of It's Only Love is simply terrific. The released version of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away is another......... And what is most remarkable is he hated the sound of his own voice and didn't think it was good enough, hence a lot of songs were double-tracked to please him, according to George Martin.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
18 January 2010
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Alissa
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mjb said:

AaronMontefusco123 said:

John.

His voice is amazing, it can be balladesque and simple, or it can be rocking. His ideals in peace and love inspire me. His image is awesome. His style is simple yet powerful. His voice sends chills down the spine.


He's the ONLY person to EVER do this to me! The second bridge in I Should Have Known Better where his vocal is only single-tracked is a prime example - I get goose bumps.  And on the Anthology the version of It's Only Love is simply terrific. The released version of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away is another......... And what is most remarkable is he hated the sound of his own voice and didn't think it was good enough, hence a lot of songs were double-tracked to please him, according to George Martin.


Taking a look at his solo stuff, "Steel And Glass" gives me the ol' goose bumps in a second. The withheld notes are perfectly on pitch and never ending; he's just too good.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
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