In case you missed it, which in the era of Facebook Almighty is increasingly hard to do – and I’m not even on FBA – I recently celebrated my 64th birthday. I’ve had in mind for quite some time to write this blog on that auspicious occasion, so here we go … before I forget all this stuff. And why I’m writing it now.
It’s hard to truly wrap our minds around the impact the four lads from Liverpool known as the Beatles have had on popular culture, and even the world at large. But if you grew up with the Beatles’ music, or know anything about pop music, Rock’n’Roll, pop culture at large etc. etc. you have to acknowledge the world is a much different place because of them. I’m not nominating any of them for sainthood – far from it. I’m just tipping my hat to their musical genius … and sharing some more of the vast amount of largely useless trivia I’ve managed to accumulate over the years. I hope you’ll enjoy this trip into nostalgia and Beatles trivia with me.
I’ve tried to arrange these in ascending order of difficulty; softballs first, harder stuff next, ridiculously-obscure-Beatles’-minutia-even-their-mamas-wouldn’t-know last. I don’t think I quite succeeded, but I tried. With all that as preamble – here you go.
- No Google-ing, and – please:
- No wagering.
Oh: And if you don’t know why I wanted to do this when I turned 64 … don’t bother going any further. Really. Just click on this and be enlightened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7TANPFMf1k
Now for the rest of you – enjoy.
- What were the Beatles before they were known as the Beatles?
- Who was their original drummer?
- What is Ringo Starr’s given name?
- What was the working title of “Yesterday,” originally included on Help!?
- What kind of hammer did Maxwell Edison have?
- Which Beatles song includes French lyrics?
- How long is the book in “Paperback Writer”?
- What was the first Beatles album to include the complete lyrics?
- Who plays the lead guitar solo in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”?
- Which Beatles song has inspired the most cover versions?
- What was the Beatles’ first film?
- Who was the Beatles’ original bass guitarist?
- How many holes were there in Blackburn, Lancashire?
- The film Help! was a spoof of what series?
- Where did Rocky Raccoon live?
- What is Paul’s middle name?
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is widely considered the greatest Rock’n’Roll album of all time. What album by another artist more than any other helped inspire it?
- What is Lovely Rita’s job?
- Who zapped Bungalow Bill right between the eyes?
- Who was “Julia” written for?
- Who is the only musician other than John, Paul, George and Ringo ever to receive label billing on an official Beatles release?
- Which song features Ringo’s only drum solo in the entire Beatles’ catalogue?
- Which song features the first use of a sitar by any Western pop/rock musical act?
- What song did John Lennon call “Son of ‘Day Tripper’”?
- Where did the title line for “Eight Days a Week” come from?
- On which song did the Beatles not play any instruments?
- How did George become part of the band?
- What was the working title for the film Help!?
- What are the last words spoken in “Strawberry Fields Forever”?
- Which song features Paul, George, and John (in that order) playing “dueling lead guitar solos”?
- “Dear Prudence” was written about whom?
- As great as Sgt. Pepper’s is, the Beatles had to leave out two other songs because of contractual obligations with Capitol Records. What are they?
- Where did Paul get the title (and some of the lyrics) for “Helter Skelter”?
- Who is Desmond in “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”?
- Who is the “Mary” Paul refers to in “Let It Be”?
- What Beatles’ song did John Lennon record by himself – no Paul, George or Ringo?
- What was the working title of “With a Little Help from my Friends”?
- What song did John think was his best Beatles song?
- Which Beatle is shown crossing Abbey Road first?
- What Beatles song was voted “worst song of all time” in one 2004 poll?
Still there? Good …. Take your best shot at these, and post them in the comments. I’ll post the answers soon. You might say, “I’ll be writing more in a week or two.”
If you’ve got any Beatles trivia for me (and everyone else who hasn’t thrown up their hands and left in despair), please post them in the comments, too.
Thanks for playing.
Compiled from numerous sources.