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Random Beatles-related trivia from your own experience.
6 January 2014
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There may be a thread like this already...are there any interesting facts from your own experience you'd like to share?

I know a guy who was in a boy's choir that appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the episode after The Beatles' first appearance.  He says The Beatles had autographed their lockers in the dressing room.

Also, I once met Tiny Tim, who appears on The Beatles 1968 Christmas record.  He came to the house where I was living in the mid-1990's when he was working on an album with my roommate.  At the time, I didn't know who he was.  I shook his hand and it was like touching a dead fish.

Also, I just found out that every morning my commuter train passes right by a building where The Beatles slept in September, 1964.  It used to be The Cabana Hotel (Dallas), owned by Doris Day.  Now it's a city jail, but it looks almost exactly the same.  A girl was pushed through one of the glass windows by the sheer weight of the crowd hoping to catch a glimpse of The Beatles.  She missed the show, but received a phone call from The Beatles in the hospital.

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"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

6 January 2014
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My grandmother knew a man who worked as a stage crew/hand in one of the Beatle shows. He gave her one of the shirts the crew wore and she has now given it to me.

"White Album - My joint-fave Beatles album along with Revolver. They show the two sides of Beatles. Revolver's very controlled - even though it's also very innovative. The White Album's playful and almost ramshackle. It's like a scrapbook kept by a genius. Fantastic stuff."

6 January 2014
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Expert Textpert said
 

There may be a thread like this already...are there any interesting facts from your own experience you'd like to share?

Also, I once met Tiny Tim, who appears on The Beatles 1968 Christmas record.  He came to the house where I was living in the mid-1990's when he was working on an album with my roommate.  At the time, I didn't know who he was.  I shook his hand and it was like touching a dead fish.

Expert Texpert, I hadn't thought about this in years, but you jogged a really offbeat memory of mine. The year was probably 1978, and I was walking the six blocks from my house to the local college that I attended. I happened to be passing by the orphanage, where Cher stayed as a child, but that's another story. Anyway, there was a crowd of children on the orphanage playground surrounding a strange man, and everyone was laughing and having a good time. I detoured into the playground because I recognized the strange man as Tiny Tim. He was wearing a long wool overcoat, even though it was a hot summer day. I was able to walk right up to him, and he extended his hand for a shake. Like you, I was also struck by the "dead fish" feel of his hand. He was sweating profusely, probably from his heavy overcoat, and all the pancake make-up he was wearing, and I vividly recall it was the hottest, wettest handshake I have ever engaged in. Even now, all these years later, I can still feel that strange, hot, wet, dead-fish handshake!

6 January 2014
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Bungalow Bob said

Expert Textpert said
 

There may be a thread like this already...are there any interesting facts from your own experience you'd like to share?

Also, I once met Tiny Tim, who appears on The Beatles 1968 Christmas record.  He came to the house where I was living in the mid-1990's when he was working on an album with my roommate.  At the time, I didn't know who he was.  I shook his hand and it was like touching a dead fish.

Expert Texpert, I hadn't thought about this in years, but you jogged a really offbeat memory of mine. The year was probably 1978, and I was walking the six blocks from my house to the local college that I attended. I happened to be passing by the orphanage, where Cher stayed as a child, but that's another story. Anyway, there was a crowd of children on the orphanage playground surrounding a strange man, and everyone was laughing and having a good time. I detoured into the playground because I recognized the strange man as Tiny Tim. He was wearing a long wool overcoat, even though it was a hot summer day. I was able to walk right up to him, and he extended his hand for a shake. Like you, I was also struck by the "dead fish" feel of his hand. He was sweating profusely, probably from his heavy overcoat, and all the pancake make-up he was wearing, and I vividly recall it was the hottest, wettest handshake I have ever engaged in. Even now, all these years later, I can still feel that strange, hot, wet, dead-fish handshake!

LOL, yes! And he just slowly extended his arm and that was it.  No grip, no motion involved!  I was immediately taken aback by the pure strangeness of the exchange.

My roommate was like, "Come out of your room, Tiny Tim is here."  I remember saying, "Who is that, a character from a Charles Dickens story?"

This was a couple of years before he died.  As I recall, he was infatuated with a girl in the city where I was living at the time, and his affections were unrequited.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

6 January 2014
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Expert Textpert said
 
Also, I once met Tiny Tim, who appears on The Beatles 1968 Christmas record.  He came to the house where I was living in the mid-1990's when he was working on an album with my roommate.  At the time, I didn't know who he was.  I shook his hand and it was like touching a dead fish.

Expert Texpert, I'm interested in knowing whether or not the musical collaboration between Tiny Tim and your roommate amounted to anything. How do you follow up "Tiptoe Through The Tulips?"

Back to the theme of this thread, I've mentioned this random Beatles trivia before, but maybe it is worth repeating here: I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Capitol Records used to have a manufacturing plant. My friend's father ran a small printing company, and he got the contract to make the green apple labels that were being pasted in the middle of the Beatles' albums. "Abbey Road " was flying off the shelves around that time, and my friend told me to stop by his father's print shop, and they would give me a full sheet of green apples with no printed information on them. As I am now, I was a huge Beatles fan then, and that print shop was about one mile from my house… and I just never found the time to go there and pick up my green apple sheet. What the heck was I thinking? I've told this story to some people, and their response has been "What would you do with a sheet of adhesive green apples anyway?" That's when I know that they are not Beatles fans. ;-)

6 January 2014
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Expert Textpert said
 
Also, I once met Tiny Tim, who appears on The Beatles 1968 Christmas record.  He came to the house where I was living in the mid-1990's when he was working on an album with my roommate.  At the time, I didn't know who he was.  I shook his hand and it was like touching a dead fish.

Expert Texpert, I'm interested in knowing whether or not the musical collaboration between Tiny Tim and your roommate amounted to anything. How do you follow up "Tiptoe Through The Tulips?"

Back to the theme of this thread, I've mentioned this random Beatles trivia before, but maybe it is worth repeating here: I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Capitol Records used to have a manufacturing plant. My friend's father ran a small printing company, and he got the contract to make the green apple labels that were being pasted in the middle of the Beatles' albums. "Abbey Road " was flying off the shelves around that time, and my friend told me to stop by his father's print shop, and they would give me a full sheet of green apples with no printed information on them. As I am now, I was a huge Beatles fan then, and that print shop was about one mile from my house… and I just never found the time to go there and pick up my green apple sheet. What the heck was I thinking? I've told this story to some people, and their response has been "What would you do with a sheet of adhesive green apples anyway?" That's when I know that they are not Beatles fans. ;-)

Yes, it resulted in an album called "Girl" that was released in 1996.  Some of the songs on it are pretty amusing.  There is a cha-cha-cha version of Hey Jude .  I need to find that and make sure I still have it.

Too bad you never got those apples!

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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Personally - no, but I'd like to share a nice story a friend of mine told me. 
She was 15 when they had released their first record. Along with her friends, they went to a local dance hall (she even remembers the name, which I don't) where the Beatles we supposed to play. When they were crossing the road, a little red car stopped to allow them to cross. And, to paraphrase her words, "it was ONLY the Beatles". Once they realized so, they started to scream after them of course, and Paul waved at them with a huge smile.
Must have been nice. I belive it's time to invent a time travelling machine.

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