The Beatles London Walk is an insightful tour where you can visit the London homes and haunts of the fab four – and get to see London at the same time.
Before you go, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about The Beatles.
1. Penny Lane: blame it on the rock and roll
Liverpool’s Penny Lane has experienced near-ceaseless heists of its street sign following the 1967 hit. Tired of picking up the bill, thrifty Liverpool City Council have taken to painting the street sign on nearby buildings instead.
Some foods mentioned in Beatles songs include: cornflakes, truffles, honey, octopus, turkey, marshmallows, strawberries, eggs, peppers and pies.
3. David Bowie’s mega-hit Fame was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
4. Paul McCartney’s song Yesterday was recently voted the most popular song of the century by a BBC poll – had music written before the lyrics. Paul used the working line ‘scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs’ before coming up with ‘yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.’
5. Who was Mal Evans?
It’s difficult to know where to begin here….
Mal Evans was The Beatles’ road manager and unconventional contributor to some of their biggest hits. He was responsible for sounding the alarm clock on A Day in the Life and struck the cow bell on With a Little Help from My Friends.
He is also arguably the postal system’s most aggrieved customer. After he was shot and killed by Los Angeles police after threatening behaviour with a gun, his cremated remains were lost in the mail en-route to England.
6. The Beatles had two left-handed members: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
7. The Pop Muse: Pattie Boyd
If you’re a fan of The Beatles’ Something, and Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight and Layla, you can thank a woman named Pattie Boyd. The British model inspired husband George Harrison to pen his 1969 hit single Something before she caught the eye Eric Clapton. The two men once staged a guitar-playing duel to win her affection; rock music’s most productive love-triangle.
8. Cher and Ringo Starr
Before Cher was Cher, the guttural songstress went by the name of Bonnie Jo Mason. Bonnie Jo’s first single was the Beatlemania inspired Ringo I love you – well worth a listen. The song did not get sufficient airplay to even give it a chance in America, as local radio stations believed Cher’s low vocals to be those of man, and considered it a homosexual love ballad.
9. The original 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP has a back cover filled with every word from every song on the album – the first time a rock album had ever done this.
10. Elton John’s cover of the Beatles hit Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds features John Lennon’s backing vocals and guitar. Lennon, who penned the song, is credited on Elton’s version as ‘Dr. Winston O’Boogie’ and is said to have preferred it to his own original.