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Beatles Trivia - Even Easier!
26 November 2020
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vonbontee said

The case reached a settlement, when the Beatles agreed to record an album of rutles covers entitled Rutter Soul. The John/Paul/George harmonies worked surprisingly well on their renditions of such rutles classics as "Fly Like a bird (Bird like a Fly)", "Dustman's Daughter", "Pease Don't Tell Me the Truth," "Rishikesh Rachelle" and others, and the album ultimately went to  #7 on the pop Top 10, momentarily propelling The Beatles out of obscurity. Overall, a fascinating footnote to the Rutles remarkable career.

 

Regarding the Beatles' Shirelles cover: Why was George Martin anxious for the boys to replace every "Baby..." with "Honey..." and then retitle it "Honey, it's You"?

 

He had a contract with the National Honey Producers Association to give them a jingle for their television and radio commercials promoting honey. But when the Beatles found this out, they didn't want to be seen as sell-outs, and they nixed the change.

 

Why was George's guitar gently weeping?

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Because it was a very polite guitar.

What did McVitie's company do when they knew about George and Yoko's incident involving their biscuits?

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They invented the talking biscuit jar and sent it to George so no one could open it without him knowing. Paul, hearing it, turned the warning into the #1 single ‘Get Back (And Step Away From The Biscuits’). John forever took this as a dig at Yoko and George was pissed off that his track ‘Something (In The Biscuit Jar and It’s Mine)’ was ignored by the others. 

During research for the Anthology series, a letter from Decca to Brian was discovered in his archives stating the true reason for their second rejection of the Beatles, this time in January 1967. What was the reason and why were the Beatles looking to leave Parlophone?

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Their trousers were considered too tight by Parlophone higher-ups, so they decided to give Decca a second try. Unfortunately Decca turned them down, saying their trousers weren't tight enough. In despair and confusion, the Beatles decided to stop wearing trousers altogether.

What was the fallout from this decision?

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When appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, the decision was made to only film them from the waist up to avoid a commotion.

 

What else is noteworthy about this performance?

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When appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, the decision was made to only film them from the waist up to avoid a commotion.

 

What else is noteworthy about this performance?

  

Ed Sullivan sang the high notes (cause he was wearing the same trousers).

 

Why was there coughing in the count-in for Taxman ?

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The Taxman had taken so much money from George, that he couldn't even afford to get himself some cough syrup.

 

What type of flowers were used on the cover of Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

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The type of flowers that tower over your head.

What secret code hides in the cover of their first LP "please freeze me" ?

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I'm not sure about the secret code, but I've heard the line "Please freeze me (whoa yeah) like I freeze you" originated from this photoshoot.

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Where did Magic Alex land after the demise of Apple Electronics?

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What secret code hides in the cover of their first LP "please freeze me" ?

Tiny hidden letters revealed that the album's actual full title was "Please get us some trousers, we're freezing!"; the stairwell where the cover's photoshoot took place was particularly drafty that day.

"Paul-is-dead" theorists claim that the acronym "B.O.A.C" (from "Back In The USSR ") is an obvious clue. What do they believe the initials stand for?

(EDIT: too late!)

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Where did Magic Alex land after the demise of Apple Electronics?

  

3 Saville Row. He had built a supersonic paper aeroplane which he had said would hold groups of up to 8 which would fly on the breath exhaled whilst in the air. It never got Off The Ground

 

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"Paul-is-dead" theorists claim that the acronym "B.O.A.C" (from "Back In The USSR ") is an obvious clue. What do they believe the initials stand for?

'Beatle One After Ceased' supposedly meaning the second Beatle who joined died, who was Paul.

3 of the 14 songs on the Beatles' third album were neither covers nor originals? Name them.

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Nowhere tune

I'm looking through this song

The Sounds of Silence (which was not a cover despite it sounding so)

 

Why was Apple not called Banana?

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Because when you slice a banana, it looks the same on both sides. So the banana has no ap-peel after you cut it in half.

 

Why did Richard Starkey use the stage name Ringo Starr ?

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Why did Richard Starkey use the stage name Ringo Starr ?

  

Richard Starkey was the real name of Jack the Ripper, which, being a descendant, Ringo knew about and wanted to avoid the attention it may have brought him.

 

Why did Eleanor Rigby pick up the rice in the church where a wedding had been?

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She tried picking it up at different places (the park, post office, train station...) but only found it at the church. Plus it was the church of the raising rice.

We all know how The Bottles found America but...how did America find them?

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We all know how The Bottles found America but...how did America find them?

  

...at the bottom of a glass.

To whom was the song PS I Love You written?

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The titular "P.S..." was in fact John's close friend (and onetime Quarrymen lead washboardist) Pete Shotton, with whom Paul had shared an intimate encounter back in 1959. The resulting secret "Peter 'n Paul" pairup was extremely brief (nine seconds) and extremely passionless: After a single experimental ciggies-and-stale beer-flavoured kiss, the lads ultimately remembered that they neither one possessed any so-called "gay leanings", thereafter continuing with their non-stop pursuit of women as a lifestyle.

Which "I Am The Walrus " lyric is John's subtle joke about George Martin?

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Goo goo g' joob.  This was how young Julian pronounced George Martin's name.

 

Where did John really get the inspiration for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ?

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Where did John really get the inspiration for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ?

John was always interested in dichotomy.  After the Beatles' last concert in Chicago in 1966, the tour bus drove on what they were told was the elevated Lake Shore Drive, often abbreviated as LSD. "Lake and shore?" thought Lennon.  He immediately wrote a song about it. In interviews, he claimed that it was purely coincidental that he drew a queen high diamond flush while playing poker with an assistant named Lucy as the bus crossed over the Chicago River. 

What is the significance of Paul's being designated as prisoner number 22 when he was arrested for possession in Japan?  

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He played left wing on the second prison football team in the first semi-final and final of the 1980 Japan Prisons Cup. Paul set up the winning goal in the final having nutmegged an opposition forward and crossed for the head of #17 to score. This led to Paul's release due to helping win the prison the cup for the first time in 37 years.

 

What reason did George give when he refused to have Paul and Linda join him on stage in Maryland in 1974?

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