10 Beatles Urban Legends: True Or False?
Capitol also sued Vee-Jay for the masters of the first four singles. Vee-Jay responded by cobbling together a weird concept album that pretended to be a collaboration of "England's Greatest Recording Stars," which included The Beatles and Vee-Jay's only other British act, Frank Ifield. The album was a total gyp, since there were eight Ifield tracks, and just the four previously issued Beatles singles. In their rush to cash in on Beatlemania - something their faith in the young act totally deserved - the sleeve of the LP mistakenly claimed that the "copulation" was presented with pride and pleasure.
7. FALSE. The Beatles' Sullivan appearance was seen by 38 percent of the entire U.S. population at the time. Washington Post editor B. F. Henry snarkily said that the only good thing about the performance was that during the hour-long show, not a single hubcap was stolen in America. He meant it as a dig against the Fab Four, but it somehow got twisted into a tale of the Beatles' amazing draw.
9. TRUE, BUT... Charles Manson really did believe that The White Album was full of coded messages by the Beatles urging Manson to record an album to spread his message - or, barring that, kill a bunch of rich white people in hopes that blacks would be blamed and thus begin the race war that would ultimately result in Manson being king of the Earth. However, his real motivation was the fact that he was a fucking loony.
10. FALSE. That's just something Dr. Milo Pinkerton III of the Consortium of Genius said to us over the phone one day. Admit it, though, just for one second you really wanted it to be true. Sadly, we're not likely to ever see Whotlemania.
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