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Is anyone else's answer to "Who is your favorite Beatle" different depending on when asked?
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28 February 2013
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My favorite Beatle is George Harrison!

 

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And last month it was Paul McCartney

For the year prior to that it was John Lennon.

Next month it might be Ringo Starr

 

Am I the only one that can't decide on a favorite Beatle?  OK to be honest deep down I think my favorite is John Lennon, but there are times where I go weeks without listening to John songs or reading about him.  Last month I got super into Ram and McCartney and slowly moved up the solo catalog, created an iPod play list of all Paul songs from Beatles to now, watched Paul videos on youtube, read stuff on the internet about Paul or Pauls perspective on Beatle related events, etc.

Now this month I'm doing the exact same thing with George.  Not on purpose...it just sort of happened. I pledged to dive into some of the less popular albums and songs in his solo career and a few days later I'm all George all the time and not really as interested in Paul or John or Ringo.  I'm convinced George is my favorite Beatle...until he's not.

I've had brief Ringo moments too!

Anyways, while my man love affair with John was the longest, I feel equally pulled by the other 3 at different times.  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

 

PS Beware Of Darkness is the greatest song ever written right now.  Last month it was "Monkberry Moon Delight"...the month before "Oh My Love".  Oh yeah, I guess some of the actual Beatle songs are ok as well :)

28 February 2013
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Not really depending on ''when'' asked but ''what''. Let me explain, I get asked all the time: who´s your favourite, then? And it´s really hard for me not to just say ''don´t ask me such a stupid question''! I have my preferences for different things (guitar playing - George, humour - John, etc.).

Sorry, that´s not really answering the question, is it? ''When'' asked...umm no. The fact that you can´t make your mind up is probably because you don´t actually have a favourite ('cause then he´ll always be your favourite, wouldn´t he?). And there´s nothing wrong with that! heartahdn_george_06a-hard-days-night-john-2a-hard-days-night-ringo-10ahdn_paul_01

 

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28 February 2013
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Over time, yes, for when I was younger Ringo was my favorite, then when I was reintroduce to the it was John, and for a period I had no favorite. My favorite now is Paul, but I love them all. Its ok not to have a favorite. 

28 February 2013
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No, not really. John for me.

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28 February 2013
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vonbontee
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Well, my favourite when I was young was Paul, just because I knew and liked so much more of his solo work than anybody else's. Then later on, after I began to sort out exactly which Beatle was responsible for what, John took over; and for the most part, it's been John ever since. But it's really a fairly close tie between J & P, when it gets right down to it.

I have to say, I was surprised at all the George love I encountered when I started posting here, and ever since. I can't really recall a time when he was ever in the running. It makes me think I should investigate his solo career more than I have.

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

28 February 2013
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I've never had a favorite Beatle. But to be honest, I've never been asked that question.

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28 February 2013
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It's like what fabfouremily says, it kinda depends on what 'cause I have my preferences for different things too. 

28 February 2013
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When I was very little (like 6) it was Ringo!  Ever since then, it's been Paul.  Even back in the early 80's I used to wear my "Paul button" on all my jackets!  I do love & respect all 4 Beatles...but Paul is definately my fav!

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1 March 2013
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It never changes for me, really.  I think it's a tad obvious that I am a big Paul fan, but I am also a big fan of John. I guess it comes down to what a "fan" consists of.  With John, aside from loving his music, I love him for the person he was, being so anti-establishment and so sassy. a-hard-days-night-john-1 The views he had of the world and his hope for peace are what drew me to him.  With Paul, it's a combination of the fact that I really love his music, and also his lifestyle.  Being a Vegetarian is somewhat of a minority (something like 3% I think) and so I think it's pretty great.  Right, and there's the fact I think he's absolutely gorgeous..  I guess that makes me kind of a "fangirl" with Paul, and more of a "I Love your beautiful mind" type of fan with John...  but at least I am a fangirl that knows a lot about him and his music, etc.  a-hard-days-night-paul-10heart

 

I hope that made sense, looks like rambling..  a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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1 March 2013
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Nope. For me its a tie with John and George followed by Ringo then Paul.

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1 March 2013
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My favorite has always been Paul. John used to come in second, but now it's George.

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1 March 2013
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Ron Nasty
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I think they got it right from the beginning, "John, Paul, George and Ringo."

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1 March 2013
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vonbontee
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Regarding that: Way back in December of 1980, I was listening to a radio special on the life of Lennon, and there was an old sound clip of all four chanting "Ringo, John, Paul & George!" in that order, probably at some publicly broadcasted event or another. I recorded the special on cassette, and played it back so many times that it rings in my head to this day. And when I first began encountering the traditional "J P G & R" ranking in print, it always sounded unnatural to me. And still does, somewhat.

So: Does any hardcore fan have any clue where that soundclip comes from, maybe some press conference or BBC session interview or whatever?

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

1 March 2013
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Ron Nasty
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I replied to this a couple of hours, and it's disappeared! The clip is from a BBC Radio show (maybe Saturday Club?). Believe they're being interviewed on set of A Hard Day's Night. They start it slow, "John... ... Paul... ... George... ... Ringo... ..." build a bit of speed "John... Paul... George... Ringo..." and build into the chant. What you've heard is an edit, that just happens to start with Ringo.

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1 March 2013
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vonbontee
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I dunno, I think it's something else. It didn't sound like an edit, and they clearly added the "and" in between Paul & George.

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

2 March 2013
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Ron Nasty
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This is from 9 December 1980, and asks questions about America that are still being asked today, but may also contain the name chant you are looking for. It's not quite as you describe, but it does begin with Ringo. If anything, it shows "John, Paul, George, Ringo," didn't matter to them.

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty

2 March 2013
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Regardless of time, place nor question, Paul would always be my favourite Beatle. Well at least for now, until I discover something drastic.

3 March 2013
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vonbontee
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Thanks, but That wasn't the clip, mjb - they didn't say it in the proper order. But it was instructive nonetheless: I noticed they just rhymed off from right to left. So, at some point they were standing in the order of "Ringo, John Paul and George" and just chose to introduce themselves that way. Someday I'll find out where and when!

Nice seeing that clip - I used to see Bill Bonds on Detroit TV all the time when I lived in Windsor, Ontario, right across the border from Detroit. There's some funny youtube clips of him being drunk at rehearsal and making an ass of himself! Later he was arrested for drunk driving...

That brief clip of John with the acoustic guitar singing "Imagine" onstage...when was this? What was that about appearing with Yoko in NY raising money for the retarded?? Those aren't related, are they?

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

3 March 2013
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My favorite only changed as I got older, learned more about them, and got more into the depth of the music (both Beatles and solo) as I developed as a musician myself. 20 years ago, I would've answered John when asked who my favorite was. Since I've become an adult, without hesitation, it's Paul. (disclaimer: I think all 4 of them are great and were absolutely vital to the success of The Beatles).

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3 March 2013
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vonbontee said
That brief clip of John with the acoustic guitar singing "Imagine" onstage...when was this? What was that about appearing with Yoko in NY raising money for the retarded?? Those aren't related, are they?

The appearance with Yoko in NY raising money for the retarded was the "One to One" concert 30 August 1972 at Madison Square Garden, released as Live In New York City. That they say "last year..." is just one of those mistakes that creep into news reports.

The clip of Imagine is from A Salute to Sir Lew (Grade) on 18 April 1975:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....T6tm5BSY1M

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