Fun Facts About the Beatles
Andrew Parker - December 9, 2019

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Their songs are loved worldwide, revived by a new generation, and remixed by new artists every few years. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are remembered in musical history for bringing rock and rock to new frontiers. Abbey Road was released 50 years ago, and every Beatles fan needs to know these facts about the band.

Did you know that John Lennon grew up near a place called Strawberry Fields in Liverpool, England? He was five years old and lived with his aunt and uncle, having been all but abandoned by his parents. One of his favorite childhood spots was to explore the garden near an orphanage, Strawberry Fields. McCartney said it was “a secret garden. John’s memory of it [was]…There was a wall you could bunk over and it was a rather wild garden, it wasn’t manicured at all, so it was easy to hide in.”

“Michelle” was inspired by Paul McCartney’s favorite technique for picking up girls at parties. McCartney once shared in an interview that he and George Harrison felt pretty out of place at the boho-chic parties they went to as teenagers. So McCartney started dressing up in black, sitting in a corner with her guitar, and singing in made-up French to see if he could attract women. It never worked.

Ringo Starr’s real name is Richard Starkey. “Ritchie,” as he was called by his mother, was born in Liverpool in 1940. He began playing the drums in a hospital band at 13 years old while recuperating from tuberculosis. By 17 years old he was a co-founder of the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Band. He joined the Beatles in 1962, replacing their first drummer, Pete Best. Starr’s first nickname, Rings, reportedly came from him wearing lots of jewelry.

The first lyrics to “Yesterday” were “scrambled eggs.” The melody for the famous song (noted to be Vladimir Putin’s favorite Beatles song) apparently came to Paul McCartney’s head when he woke up one morning. He walked around the house humming “scrambled eggs…baby, I love scrambled eggs.”