Penny Lane was the bus terminal that Lennon and McCartney would use to get to each other's houses. The group said that nearly all the imagery in the song is real except the line about "the banker never wears a mack [raincoat] in the pouring rain."
Ringo Starr was born in Liverpool on July 7, 1940 (just three months before John Lennon) while George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943, also in Liverpool.
Just five GRAMMYs before their breakup...seems a bit low in retrospect, eh?
The Beatles' early producer George Martin didn't think Starr was professional enough at the time and replaced him with a veteran studio player to record "Love Me Do." Paul McCartney later said they all thought Ringo was much better than the studio musician.
McCartney wrote this classic while thinking about Lennon's son Julian, who was only five years old at the time, but experiencing his parents' divorce. McCartney also told 'Billboard' in 2015 that the song is only about Julian in its first lines, but wouldn't reveal who else he was addressing.
"Love Me Do" didn't get a chance to be a part of that unprecedented chart ownage. The song topped the tally a month later, though.
Of all the albums of all time, 'Sgt. Pepper' reigns supreme, according to the rock mag.
McCartney said the harmony-heavy sound in this No. 1 was inspired by The Beach Boys. He also revealed the actual song content was inspired by a hilarious article he read in the 'Daily Mail' newspaper .
Longtime Beatles folklore says that Ringo came up with the title, but according to a 2015 interview with McCartney, the singer heard the phrase from a chat with his cab driver. He revealed, "Just as we reached John's, I said 'You been busy?' Just small talk. And he said, 'Busy? I've been working eight days a week.' I ran into the house said, 'Got a title!'"
All these songs are featured on 'Rubber Soul' except "Love You To," which was released a year later on 1966's 'Revolver.'
Instead of going for a Beatles classic, the duo rocked a song from McCartney's 2013 solo album 'New' with Starr backing him...just like the old days!
Lester is an American film director whose most notable work was with the Beatles as well his work on the 'Superman' film series from the '80s.