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Celebrities' favourite Beatles?
16 March 2015
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Liam Gallagher’s favourite Beatle is obviously John. He was so desperate to look like him at one point, to name his son Lennon and to write Lennon rip offs. 

21 March 2015
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“[Janis Joplin’s] favorite Beatle was George Harrison ; she even named her mutt for him.” NY Post (Sep. 2013) [x]

“Speaking of England, guess who was in town last week – Paul McCartney !!! (he’s a Beatle). And he came to see us!!! SIGH Honest to God ! He came to the Matrix & saw us & told some people that he dug us. Isn’t that exciting!!!! Gawd, I was so thrilled – I still am! Imagine – Paul!!!! If it could only have been George….Oh, well. I didn’t get to see him anyway – we heard about it afterwards. Why, if I’d known that he was out there, I would have jumped right off the stage and made a fool of myself.” – Janis Joplin in a letter to her parents (April 1967)

This one surprised me. George is Stevie Nicks’s favourite too.

This video has a lot of famous people answering the Lennon or McCartney question (some people picked George or Ringo). It’s long but interesting. 

21 March 2015
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Ron Nasty said
Isn’t that the problem with this type of question? Often, for the answer to “favourite”, the answer from many of their contemporaries will be based on who they were/are closest friends with from among the four. Responses are also often depending on the circumstance, setting, or when the statement was made.

That said, I think it’s fair enough to say George was Eric Clapton’s and Ravi Shankar’s favourite Beatle.

Ozzy Osbourne has said John on numerous occasions, and also names In My Life  as his favourite song ever.

Eh, that’s ok. I think seeing which musicians were drawn to each Beatle is equally interesting, and you can always mention that someone changed their mind later. It’s just for fun anyway. a-hard-days-night-george-10

The thing I like about hearing from their contemporaries is that there’s none of this business of being afraid to say Paul for fear of looking uncool or something. In that video I posted above Pete Townshend and Micky Dolenz confidently choose Paul whereas a lot of the younger people seemed to disingenuously pick John.

24 March 2015
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Tommy Chong, about getting high with (most of) the Beatles.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

30 March 2015
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Article on broadcaster Michael Aspel singing with Paul and Tracey Ullman in ’84.

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7 April 2015
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Meet the Beatles for Real post on comedian Dane Cook meeting Paul. Includes hilarious pics in the bathroom.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

5 June 2015
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Father John Misty (whose recent album I Love You, Honeybear is really good) and actor John C Reilly (who apparently is famous, but not to me) exchange emails about stuff including their favourite Beatles: http://thethread.co/misty-reilly/

From: John C. Reilly

To: Father John Misty

Finally we nudge toward our strongest common interest: Music! I always have trouble giving answers to questions of favorites. My mind doesn’t work in that hierarchical way, I guess. There are things I like and things I like less, but favorite? I just don’t know. My tastes don’t know from numbers.

That said, obviously, John is the best Beatle. (See how ridiculous that sounds? They are four human beings engaged in an unquantifiable art. How could one of them be more valuable than the rest? How could the group exist without one of them? It was a harmonic convergence of the highest order and I feel so lucky to have had it occur while I walked the earth. Also the Rolling Stones. Just saying.) Competition is an illusion of the ego. Art is. That is all.

Peace and Love,
John

From: Father John Misty

To: John C. Reilly

If for nothing else but Plastic Ono Band, John is my Beatle, but beyond that, my biggest musical inspiration in general.

The “favorites” thing, I think, is rarely a celebration of the thing itself as much as a sick thrill/passive-aggressive exclusion of the other poor wretches in the “favorite’s” general vicinity. As in, what kind of parent has a “favorite”? The kind that enjoys degrading the majority of their kids, that’s who.

However, “favorites” is undeniably fun when it comes to pizza.

That said, when it comes to the Beatles, I think love of them individually is kind of in constant flux. Different Beatles for different phases of life. George comes to the forefront in times of spiritual or ideological journeyman-ing (or when you’re identifying as an underdog), and Paul, for example, really hits home when you’re five or six years old.

About once a year I pick up one of the many Beatles books lying around my house, and before you know it I’m lying in bed for a week bingeing on mythology until I get to “I don’t believe in Beatles” and the whole thing evaporates. It really is a pocket symphony soundtrack to the modern hero’s journey™.

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5 June 2015
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“actor John C Reilly (who apparently is famous, but not to me) “

 

John C. Reilly belongs to a certain class of actors who are not wildly famous, but who have developed a body of work over the years that makes them respected as artists, not merely celebrities or “stars”, and they also tend to do “arty-farty” type “indy” films rather than mainstream Hollywood movies.  Some other actors in this vague class would be Gary Oldman, John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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I don’t really watch many films, so I’m wildly ignorant about most actors. I looked up John C Reilly and the only films of his I’ve seen are Magnolia, which I can remember virtually nothing about, and Wreck It Ralph which my boy likes. I didn’t even know he voiced Ralph until I looked him up just now. I guess that proves your point. The next time I watch it I’ll imagine him going back to his stump with Qbert and Felix and getting down to The Beatles.

I’ve seen Gary Oldman in a couple of things, but none of the others you mentioned. Wildly ignorant, as I said. Nowadays I only really watch one or two non-kids films a year, if that (none so far in 2015, no time).

Father John Misty, though. Everyone should check out the YouTube link to his album I posted earlier. He’s a great songwriter and lyricist. I can always make time for new music.

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