The Beatles – In My Life

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here.

I had a different topic in mind for today’s post, one that had more of a western-themed flavor. But I saw an online calendar entry that had me pushing that topic aside for another day. Because today marks the 47th anniversary of the day the Beatles officially broke up.  That’s right, on April 10, 1970 Paul McCartney gave an interview in which he confirmed that the band would no longer be performing together.

That little footnote on my calendar brought up a whole slew of memories for me. The Beatles were a big part of my teen years (and yes, I’m dating myself). I still remember watching that now famous 1964 Ed Sullivan show where they made their US debut and how different and exciting they seemed. Their music filled my high school years. My friends and I debated who was the coolest band member (I was firmly in the Paul camp). I remember the ‘is Paul dead’ debate and slumber parties where we tried to play the albums backwards to hear secret messages (we never heard any).

I still own a number of the early albums (yes, on vinyl). My favorite Beatles Album has always been Rubber Soul (as you can see from the picture below, it saw a lot of use in its time with me). One of my favorite songs on that album is In My Life.  And of course they were the group that recorded Paperback Writer, a song that spoke to me in a whole different way.

So, in honor of the day, I thought I’d present a few items of trivia concerning the Fab Four:

  • The Beatles accomplished a number of eye-opening milestones with their chart topping music
    • They spent a total of 1278 weeks on the Billboard chart
    • They spent 175 weeks at number one on the charts
    • As of 2012 they sold over 2 Billion albums and sold over 585,000 of these on iTunes
    • They are the only band to twice knock themselves out of the top spot on the charts
    • As of 2013 the Beatles held the record for the most number one spots on the Hot 100 charts (I couldn’t find stats for later years)
    • In April of 1964 the Beatles claimed the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, as well as seven additional spots for a total of 12. This amazing record still stands.
    • They still hold the record for having more number one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other band
  • The Beatles are generally acknowledged to be the most photographed subject of the 1960s
  • As a group, the Beatles have been named to the list of the twentieth century’s most influential people
  • Frank Sinatra once declared the Beatles song Something to be the greatest love song ever written.
  • None of the four band members could read music.
  • In what is widely considered to be one of the hugest mistakes in all of the music industry history, in 1962 Decca records declined to sign the Beatles for their label because “groups of guitars are on the way out”.

So tell me, are you a fan of the Beatles? Do you have a favorite among their many fabulous songs? Do you have a story of how they impacted you in some large or small way?  I’d love to hear all about it.

 

Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
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Updated: April 10, 2017 — 12:58 pm

19 Comments

  1. Like you, I watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and can clearly remember going to the two Beatle movies breathlessly. I even got to go to a stadium concert with a bunch of friends, and though we could _see_ them and their signature “moves” while playing, we could hardly hear anything because of the constant, deafening screaming.

    Like you also, “Rubber Soul” was my favorite album, and a game changer for all pop music (until Sgt Pepper upped the ante even more). Back in those days my favorite singles changed, but since I played guitar, my favorites to play and sing were Norwegian Wood, I’m Looking Through You, and Ticket to Ride — a whole bunch. In Scottish pubs they often made my play list although the other musicians I worked with still wanted to hear more American folk-type songs.

    Paul was my favorite too, like you, when they first appeared, then I fairly quickly moved on to to being a _very_ loyal John fan, followed much later by George who is still my favorite today. I’m more likely to play his “All Things Must Pass” album than any other.

    Two of the most all-time covered songs by other artists are “Something” written by George, and “Yesterday” written by Paul (not a favorite of mine). I think “Imagine” by John is his most likely covered tune now although “In My Life” and “A Day in the Life” are still huge. Other enduring favorite Beatle songs, IMHO, are “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Come Together.”

    So yes. As you tell, I was (am?) a true Beatle fanatic! 🙂 Thanks for the fun post.

    1. Eliza, you are definitely a girl after my own heart. I love all the songs you mentioned. And it is very cool that you play guitar – sadly I’ve never had any musical talent.

      1. Winnie, don’t be hard on yourself about music; sometimes it’s the luck of the draw, I think. My dad was a performing musician who took me everywhere from when I was a toddler, and my maternal grandfather and uncle were musicians too. I didn’t have a chance! I even married the bass player in my band who came from a musical family as well, so the cards were dealt early for my son who is a bass player too.

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  3. I was in my late teens, early twenties when the Beatles were popular, and a country music fan. So didn’t listen to them.

    1. Oh Estella, you really ought to listen to a few of their songs, just to see what you’re missing

  4. Gosh, 47 years ago? It sure doesn’t seem that long ago. The Beatles are one of those bands that seem to live indefinitely because their music was so good.

    1. Totally agree – on both points! 🙂

  5. I was 10 when they broke up so don’t really have any songs of there’s that stick out as favorites.

    1. Thanks for dropping by to leave a comment!

  6. I will never forget a dance when I was in jr. High and a boy shorter than I was asked me to dance. Of course, I said yes and the song was Hey Jude. It was difficult to dance with a shorter boy to a very long playing song. I thought the song would never end. Looking back…..those were the good ole days.

    1. LOL – they were, weren’t they? And yes, Hey Jude is a long, looonnngg song

  7. I loved the Beatles, you know. Now, I have to admit that after looking at many different sources, and many different viewpoints on Paul and particularly in light of Ringo Starr’s recent interview, I do believe that most likely Paul died in the late 60’s and was replaced by another. There’s just too much evidence that this probably happened, and again, since Ringo Starr now admits that the original Paul did die in the late 60’s, I think that rather makes this most likely a fact. What do you think?

    1. If the current Paul is a ringer, he’s a durn good one! 🙂

      1. No. Paul didn’t die. At least literally. He died maybe metaphorically to some since he was the likely cause of the Beatles break-up. John, George and Ringo wanted Klein for a financial adviser to replace Epstein after his death, and Paul was adamant about having his in-laws do the job. These conspiracy theories have been around since the Abbey Road album was released with Paul’s bare feet on the cover. Paul still has the same musical earmarks, commercial leanings, and ego he has always had from the beginning. Here’s an article:

        http://www.mirror.co.uk/usvsth3m/ringo-starr-just-admit-real-5260576

  8. I remember that Ed Sullivan show well. It was my senior year in high school. I snjoyed the music, but was put off by all the screaming and crying girls. I have quite a few of their early albums. It is hard to pick just one favorite. SOMETHING is one of those favorites. HEY, JUDE brings back memories. For my husband, it is the song they were playing when he left for Vietnam. YELLOW SUBMARINE is just fun. As they got older as a band, I didn’t always care for their music that much. Two other favorites are LUCY IN THE SKY and LADY MADONNA. I still have all the albums and enjog lizten7ng to them.

  9. I love the Beatles.

    Favorite songs I’ll Follow the Sun, We Can Work It Out, In My Life, And I Love Her and You’ve Got To Hide Your love Away…

    I like George’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Paul’s Maybe I’m Amazed and John’s Imagine and Ringo’s You know It Don’t Come Easy

    I don’t believe Paul is dead.

    First album Meet the Beatles
    first single Paperback Writer/Rain

    1. My youngest son, Jason, (now 26) fell in love with the Beatles in middle school and HS. He had every album so I was reintroduced to all of their music. So talented!

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