Tag: The Beatles

The angel and devil on John Lennon’s shoulders….

By Donovan Day John Lennon had a reputation as being arrogant and not suffering fools gladly. More than one associate over the years has said he could intimidate those around him with a sharp word from his legendary wit. And yet.... I just finished reading a number of books about John's last decade on earth … Continue reading The angel and devil on John Lennon’s shoulders….

New book full of insight about John Lennon…

By Donovan Day A soon-to-be released book by John Lennon's immigration lawyer back in the mid-70s contains a small pleasure chest of John anecdotes by a first-hand observer. Lawyer Leon Wildes was John and Yoko's lawyer as they fought deportation charges. Wildes' new book "John Lennon vs. the USA" details the legal battles Wildes fought … Continue reading New book full of insight about John Lennon…

Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

By Donovan Day It must be very weird indeed to have a lot of your life defined by a summertime fling from 1968 but that's the fate of Francie Schwartz, an American woman who met and bedded down with Paul McCartney for a few weeks in London back in that pre-Summer of Love. Depending on … Continue reading Francie Schwartz, Paul McCartney’s summertime fling….

Five obscure Beatles facts you do not know — a quiz!

1. What legendary song was rejected for Abbey Road because it was not ready? 2. What song had backup vocals by two women pulled off the street? 3. The recording of what song most closely resembled "A Hard Day's Night?" because the fans were going wild inside Abbey Road while it was recorded? 4. Name … Continue reading Five obscure Beatles facts you do not know — a quiz!

The Beatles were a great live band & they proved it over and over again….

The last Beatles concert for a paying audience was in August, 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park and they did not play all that many dates in the USA so it sometimes feels, even for a baby boomer, that they were always a studio band.  That couldn't be further from the truth because they had … Continue reading The Beatles were a great live band & they proved it over and over again….