The Vatican media organ, L’Osservatore Romano, observed the feast of Saint Cecilia, virgin, martyr, and patron of music by observing that the Beatles are okay with them. I wonder if the favorite John Lennon quote hit home with anybody:
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink … Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Shrinking church … believers who don’t get the real Jesus: complaints that sound a lot like what some people say these days, right?
How many people know that the “White Album” isn’t really titled that? It was released forty years ago, with white cover, yes, but just titled The Beatles.
I dated a woman in college who thought “Mother Nature’s Son” was a John Denver song. JD covered it, yes. But it was authentic Paul.
George Martin, Beatles producer, disagreed with the two-disc decision. He thought some songs should have been culled from the effort and a really good single disk produced.
Have a bit of fun: match the song titles with women’s names with the actual subjects:
“Dear Prudence,” “Martha, My Dear,” “Julia,” “Sexy Sadie”
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Ringo’s first wife Maureen, Jane Asher (Paul’s pre-Linda love), John’s mom, Paul’s sheepdog, Mia Farrow’s sister. Note: one song has two possible interpretations, and one interpretation is just thrown in to deceive.
Which of the following people did not appear on the album: George’s wife Pattie, Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Linda Eastman, George Martin.
To avoid controversy on their Smell The Glove release, the band Spinal Tap were talked/tricked into ditching the original cover (so fetchingly described by Fran Drescher) and releasing it instead with a pitch black album sleeve. (Language advisory on the last link there.)