On The Beatles: One More Album

Forty years ago, it was “the break-up heard ’round the world.” The Beatles, the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band, the voice of a generation, were no more. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr — they appeared on the scene, as if from nowhere in February 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show, they conqueredContinue reading “On The Beatles: One More Album”

On the Beatles and “Last Christmas”

People confuse me. Take, for example, some recent search phrases used to reach my website. “Did the Beatles record Last Christmas?” I’ve seen this in the WordPress stats several times in the past week. First of all, no, the Beatles did not record “Last Christmas.” The song wasn’t even written until 1984, when it wasContinue reading “On the Beatles and “Last Christmas””

On the Born Chicago Cubs Fan

I’ve thought for a long time that I was born to be Beatles fan. The reason? The number one song on the charts the day I was born was George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),” which followed (or was followed by) two weeks of Paul McCartney’s “My Love.” Between you andContinue reading “On the Born Chicago Cubs Fan”

On The Rutles: Rock Band

I have The Rutles on. And as I’m listening to “Joe Public” — the Rutles’ riff on “Tomorrow Never Knows” from Archaeology — I had a lunatic brainwave. There should be Rutles downloadable content for Beatles Rock Band. Hell, people have tried passing off “Cheese & Onions” as a genuine John Lennon song. And GeorgeContinue reading “On The Rutles: Rock Band”

On an Album of George Harrison Covers

Monday morning, I was in a George Harrison mood. As anyone who’s known me for at least fifteen minutes knows, I am a Beatles fan. I’ve often said I couldn’t not be a Beatles fan; on the day I was born, George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth”) was the #1 songContinue reading “On an Album of George Harrison Covers”

On the I Ching and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Two months ago, give or take, I was talking with a friend of mine about George Harrison. Specifically, I was sharing an interesting story about the composition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” his song from The Beatles’ “White Album” on which Eric Clapton guested as lead guitarist. While I can’t recall the exact wordsContinue reading “On the I Ching and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps””

The long-awaited digital remasters of the Beatles’ albums has finally been scheduled. September 9, 2009. The same day, by the way, that The Beatles: Rock Band comes out. The albums — Please Please Me to Let It Be and the two Past Masters compilations — will be packaged together as a 14 disc compilation. InContinue reading