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Who Was Johnny and the Moondogs?

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FACT OF THE DAY: Johnny and the Moondogs was the brief group name for the Beatles. Johnny was John Lennon and the Moondogs were Paul (McCartney), Ringo (Starr), and George (Harrison).

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What the Beatles Wouldn’t Do

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FACT OF THE DAY:  The Beatles were the UK phenomena that invaded the US in 1964. Upon their arrival, they became known as supporters of the US Civil Rights movement. They would even specify in their contracts that they would not play in front of segregated audiences.

“We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now,” said John Lennon. “I’d sooner lose our appearance money.”

 

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The Michael Jackson-Paul McCartney Fued

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FACT OF THE DAY: It was 33 years ago today that Paul McCartney stopped talking to Michael Jackson. On August 14, 1985, Jackson outbid McCartney for the Publishing rights to the majority of The Beatles music catalog. The winning bid was $47 million.

The irony here is that Sir McCartney himself was the one who suggested to the King of Pop that he invest some of his money in music publishing.

 

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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FACT OF THE DAY:  Happy Birthday Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, today you turn 51 years old!!! This was the 8th album released by the legendary band The Beatles.

This LP featured hits such as Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, With A Little Help from My Friends, and of course, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In 2017, the album was re-released in honor of the 50th anniversary.

 

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They Couldn’t Read Nor Write

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Hard to believe but it is true. Neither member of the Beatles could read or write music. The Fab Four, which consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, knew how to play their instruments, but they did so by ear and by memory.

For clarification purposes, they weren’t able to write music in the sense of writing down music notation (notes, beats, rests, tempo, etc). They were just collectively good at writing lyrics, creating melodies, and then putting them all together. Lennon was once quoted as saying:

None of us are technical musicians. None of us could read music. None of us can write it. But as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, they [referring specifically to Paul and Ringo] are as good as anybody.”

 

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