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The Beatles (interesting facts and arts) by Sagittarius ,  Jan 17, 2013

On January 16, 1957, Liverpool opened the Cavern club, where The Beatles debuted, signaling the launch of one of the most celebrated bands in the twentieth century.

This day, fans around the world organize numerous events dedicated to the legendary band.

Formed in Liverpool, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).

Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways.

The Beatles gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, "Love Me Do", became a modest hit in late 1962, and acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year.

The band toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969).

The 73-year-old found the £9,000 vessel online after Googling the Fab Four’s 1966 song of the same name.

Now he can play Beatles tracks while piloting the 3.6m (12ft) sub. ‘I just knew I had to get one’ said Mr Poole, of Pembroke, west Wales.

‘Like everyone back then in the Sixties, I was a big Beatles fan when I was younger.’It’s not everyone’s favourite Beatles one but you can’t sing ‘We all live in a yellow submarine’ without a smile coming onto your face.’

The father-of-three spent three years renovating the sub which had been painted black and was being used for Royal Navy underwater filming in Portsmouth.

Poole has taken it out for test runs in the Pembroke docks and is now gearing up for his first full submission.

Doug said: ‘It attracts attention wherever I go, people always want to climb inside the yellow submarine and have a look.

‘It’s not quite living in a yellow submarine but it is as close as I can get,’ he added.

Kirsten Zuk may be the first artist to make a sculpture of John Lennon that literally contains a piece of the rock icon. Her brother, the 'crazy dentist' who bought the celebrity's tooth at a UK auction last year decided to share a very small piece for the clay tribute to the late Beatle.

"John Lennon gave his tooth to a fan in good spirit so I wanted to do a few things that would raise awareness of the charity Smile Train, so we are asking people that come to view the sculpture at the Kirsten's Art Show this weekend in Edmonton to consider making a donation which helps children with cleft lip and palate.," says Dr. Michael Zuk. He adds, 'The house that Lennon lived in when he had the tooth removed just came up for sale at a reported 15M British pounds, so anything Lennon is almost priceless'.

Dr. Zuk was featured in a media frenzy that included Time Magazine, Anderson Cooper's Ridiculist, Bill O'Reilly, national news and newspapers around the world. He recently wrote a book titled 'John Lennon Tooth' on and is about to release a new book titled 'Celebrity & Professional Marketing' which features many of the celebrities he has worked with. He has also co-designed a John Lennon DNA pendant that will soon be featured in a charity fundraiser in the UK that starts in Liverpool at the famous Beatle hangout 'The Cavern Club'.

The Li'l Beatles Felt Alive Needle Felted Wool Sculpture by Kay Petal
It’s one of the most iconic album covers ever -- the artwork for The Beatles’ 1969 masterpiece “Abbey Road,” which featured the foursome walking single file in a crosswalk. It’s now one of the tastiest, as well. Food sculptor Paul Baker was commissioned by Beefeater Grill, a British restaurant chain, to reproduce the cover using ingredients found on its menu. Baker chose to go with an English breakfast theme, incorporating beans, mushrooms, bacon, sausages, eggs, toast and fruit. He even used mushrooms to build Paul McCartney, who is a longtime vegetarian -- talk about realism. It took Baker and three assistants four days to complete the mosaic, which has been titled “Let it Bean.”
Lego artist extraordinaire Henry Lim spent 8 months and used approximately 20,000 Lego pieces to create this Beatles (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) lego sculpture
You know what's kind of like online digital distribution, and yet not at all like that? Selling the entire re-mastered Beatles catalog on a USB drive that slots into a fake apple. The fine folks at Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music have teamed up to build a limited edition run of 30,000 USB apples to be sold on December 7 in the UK and December 8 in freedom-loving America. Included on the 16GB drive are the 14 stereo titles in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24-bit, in addition to 320 Kbps MP3s and a whole digital stack of special materials like liner notes and mini-documentary films, all for the low, low price of $279.99. The drive is up for pre-order as of now, which means you could be a mere month away from plugging this drive into your computer, dragging the files into your iTunes library and then pretending that you bought them online in some sort of forward-looking content distribution model.

The Beatles are to appear on a set of stamps. The six stamps, issued by the Royal Mail, feature images of the band's most famous album covers.

The collection, which goes on sale in January, includes Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, Revolver, Let It Be and With The Beatles.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "The Beatles special stamps promise to be a big hit with fans the world over when they go on sale in January 2007.

"Royal Mail is featuring some 1st Class Beatles album covers to commemorate the UK band that stands for all that's great in popular culture."

The Beatles were formed in March of 1957 by 16-year-old John Lennon and several friends.  First called the Blackjacks, and later the Quarrymen, Paul McCartney joined the band later the same year, after hearing them play at a church social.  By early 1958, George Harrison had joined.  They toured off and on for the next several years, eventually adding a fourth guitarist, Stu Sutcliffe, who was slated to play bass.  They lacked a consistent drummer until Pete Best was hired in 1960.  Shortly after this, the Quarrymen, now going by the name The Beatles, left for Germany where they were slated to play as the house band in a number of clubs operated by the same owner.  They performed in Germany for much of the next two years, and played as the backing band for a German pop star named Tony Sheridan.  Sheridan's song "My Bonnie" - credited to Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers - charted at #32 in Germany, giving the band their first hit.  Sutcliffe had left the band shortly before this time, and McCartney had taken over bass guitar duties.
In 1962, shortly after being signed to their first major record contract, the band fired Pete Best at the request of the record company, which felt that his drumming wasn't up to par.  He was replaced by another local drummer, Ringo Starr, who had, in fact, filled in for Best on several previous occasions.  Starr was left-handed, but played a right-handed drum kit.
It was Bob Dylan who introduced the Beatles to marijuana at the Delmonico Hotel in New York on August 28, 1964. The boys knew Dylan from a mutual friend and just assumed John, Ringo, Paul and George had smoked before, given their “I get high” lyrics in “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Dylan was unaware that the lyrics are actually “I can’t hide,” and was later informed that none of the Beatles had ever smoked marijuana. Guess Bob thought it was high time to change all that.
The initial album cover for Yesterday and Today was banned
The Beatles’ tenth Capitol album was unique not only for its rare mixes of tracks from Rubber Soul and Help, but for its controversial “butcher” cover. The original album artwork featured the four smiling members of the band dressed in white butchers’ overalls covered with mutilated plastic baby dolls and slabs of raw meat. Original copies of the “butcher” cover were eventually pulled and replaced with a more fan-friendly photograph of the band. It was rumored that the Yesterday and Today cover was a response to the way Capitol Records had “butchered” their previous albums. Today, copies of the original album cover are in high demand and have been sold for as high as $10,500 at auction.