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.