John Lennon "Please please me, oh yeah, like I please you"...
11/01/2017 - 17:06
"Please please me, oh yeah, like I please you"
#OnThisDay, 11th January 1963, The Beatles released the Lennon penned 'Please Please Me' it was the band's first single to reach no. 1.
“New York is what Paris was in the twenties… The center of the art world… It’s the greatest place on earth…”
"They all came charging through the door thinking we were going to be screwing in bed. And of course we were just sitting there with peace signs."
#OnThisDay, 25th March 1969, John & Yoko began their first Bed-In for Peace at the Hilton Amsterdam
Being aware that it would be widely publicised, John & Yoko decided to use the media coverage of their wedding and honeymoon to promote world peace.
They invited the world's press to visit them between 9am and 9pm every day for a week in the Presidential Suite of the Amsterdam Hilton.
#OnThisDay, 24th March 1969, John & Yoko met with Salvador Dali for lunch during their Honeymoon in Paris.
Photo by Henry Pessar
"I always set out to write children's book, but because of whatever, they'd turn out to be not for children."
#OnThisDay, 23rd March 1964, John's first book of nonsense verse and poetry, In His Own Write, was published.
“Livin for Today”
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"You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain..."
#OnThisDay, 20th March 1969, John & Yoko were married in Gibraltar.
"We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn't do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks' residence in Germany or two weeks' in France were required."
CHUCK BERRY 1926-2017
"Chuck Berry is one of the all-time great poets, a rock poet you could call him. He was well advanced of his time lyric-wise. In the Fifties, when people were virtually singing about nothing, Chuck Berry was writing social-comment songs, with incredible meter to the lyrics. We all owe a lot to him." - John Lennon, 1970
"If you had to give Rock 'n' Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry" - John Lennon (with Chuck Berry), Mike Douglas TV Show, 1972
Excerpt from Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio - the Ultimate Edition. by Andy Babuik
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"STRIPPING THE GUITARS FOR THE NATURAL LOOK
Back in the studio for the White Album sessions was Lennon's newly transformed Gibson J-160E. Around this time, he had the psychedelic paint job stripped off to reveal the instrument's plain wooden body from under the various finishes. He thought the guitar would sound better as a result. Donovan remembers telling The Beatles while in India that a guitar would sound better without a heavy finish on it.
Along with the Gibson J-160E, Lennon and Harrison sanded their Epiphone Casinos. Harrison told Dan Forte that once they'd removed the finish, the became much better guitars. "I think that works on a lot of guitars," he explained. "If you take the paint and varnish off, and get the bare wood, it seems to sort of breathe." A recent examination of Lennon's Gibson J-170E and Epiphone Casino shows that the guitars were professionally sanded down to the wood and finished with a very thin, dull, unpolished protective coat of varnish. Closer examination of the inside soundhole of the J-160E reveals remnants of the blue paint applied during the guitar's psychedelic period.
When the J-160E underwent its refinishing to bare wood, the guitar's pickup was moved back to its original neck position, where it remains today. At the same time, a new pick guard was put on the guitar."
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
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"...I really love to watch them roll"
#OnThisDay, 13th March 1981, the third single from Double Fantasy, Watching The Wheels, was released in the USA.
In Watching The Wheels John provides answers to those who questioned his "house-husband" years out of the limelight.
#OnThisDay, 12th March 1971, John and the Plastic Ono Band released Power to the People.
Following his conversation with Tariq Ali and Robin Blackburn on the 21st of January that year, John was inspired to write an anthem for the revolution.
The basic track was recorded at his home studio, Ascot Sound Studios, the next day on January 22nd and given Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' treatment at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, in February.
Power to the People spent nine weeks in the UK Single Charts peaking at number 7.
The musicians on Power to the People were:
John Lennon: vocals, electric guitar, piano
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Billy Preston: piano, keyboards
Bobby Keys: saxophone
Jim Gordon: drums
Rosetta Hightower and others: backing vocals
”All we have to do is awaken the power in the people”
"It is just us expressing ourselves like a child does, you know, however he feels like then. What we're saying is make your own music. This is Unfinished Music."
#OnThisDay, March 2nd 1969, John and Yoko performed in the avant-garde concert, "Natural Music," at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge University, UK.
Advertised as "a unique event scheduled to last several hours," Natural Music featured musicians Willem Breuker, John Dyani, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Peter Lemer, Trevor Watts, John Stevens, John McLaughlin, Barre Phillips, and John Tchicai.
The recording of John & Yoko's performance was released as 'Cambridge 1969', as one side of their album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions.
“You should'a been there...”
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Alan Aldridge passed away on the 17th February.
Alan was a very early member of the Apple family, and he enriched Apple with his creativity and visual style - his influence will always be part of the Beatles legacy. His revolutionary work continued throughout his illustrious career. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
25th February 1943 - 29 November 2001
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