10 Beatles Urban Legends: True Or False?


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6. TRUE. Despite the fact that the Beatles were making No. 1 hits in Britain like campers make homemade wallets, the American subsidiary of their label EMI, Capitol Records, thought they would never sell in America. This forced the band to release their first four singles through the tiny indie label Vee-Jay. Eventually, Capitol realized they were ham stupid, and put all their money into "I Want to Hold Your Hand," launching the band's incredible success in this country.

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.


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8. FALSE. John Lennon was doing a lot of acid then, but the title came from the title his son Julian had given to a school drawing he made of his classmate, Lucy O'Donnell. The pun was accidental.


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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8 comments
Kate41411
Kate41411

Hey George and Eric have been life long friends and remained so even after Pattie...George use to refer to Clapton as his husband in law....

bibulb
bibulb

Dude, I'm just impressed that you're following the COG. See if we can get 'em to Dan Electro's some time.

Pfdolan
Pfdolan

How about the one about Julian, Sean, James, Dhani, & Zack uniting for a project or two?

Dr. Pinkerton
Dr. Pinkerton

#10 - Don't go putting words into my mouth! You KNOW I said The Who and Led Zeppelin.

David Sadof
David Sadof

I bought the 'Paul McCartney Dead - The Great Hoax' magazine (pictured in this article) in the mid-70s. I was a teenager and saw it on the magazine stand at a Kroger. Adding to the conspiracy is the fact that one page of the magazine was 'missing' due to another page being printed twice (on two different page numbers).

Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

As for unreleased tracks...what about "Carnival of Light," the electronic piece that Macca is eager to get put out?

bibulb
bibulb

SCHWEET. Thank you for the heads up!

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