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50 Fascinating Facts About the Beatles

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41. Making me feel like I’ve never been born

The last song on side one of “Revolver” – “She Said She Said” – was inspired by an LSD trip that John Lennon took with Byrds members David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, and actor Peter Fonda in August 1965. At one point Fonda said, “I know what it’s like to be dead,” referencing a near-death experience he had as a child. Lennon was shocked by the morbid comment and eventually used it as a basis for the song.

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42. Keeping Lennon and McCartney on their toes

John Lennon and Paul McCartney composed the score for a ballet titled “Mods and Rockers” in 1963 – one year before the band’s now-legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

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43. An affront to British sensibilities

The BBC banned several Beatles songs from the airwaves, including “A Day in the Life,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “Fixing a Hole” for supposed references to drugs, and “I Am the Walrus,” for using the word “knickers.”

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44. McCartney lacked good connections

Prior to reaching superstardom, Paul McCartney worked as an electrician, a field in which he later admitted to being “hopeless” at.

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45. ‘Lovely Rita’ ‘maid’ in the USA

Paul McCartney based his song “Lovely Rita” on a fantasy he had about an attractive American meter maid. The British referred to the job as “traffic warden,” and McCartney reportedly found the American use of “maid” to be quite humorous.