It's not even a contest. There's no band that's been covered more than the Beatles. No less an authority than the Guinness Book of World Records lists 'Yesterday' as the most covered song of all time; a 2008 list of most-covered tunes compiled by UK's The Independent placed four Beatle cuts in the top ten.
The name of the album may have signified a unified front, but it was really the beginning of the end. On Nov. 22, 1968, the Beatles released their self-titled two-LP set, which would soon be known as 'The White Album.'
In 1969, everybody had a hard year, and everybody had a good time. It was a year in which history seemed to be tripping over itself -- the moon landing, Woodstock and Altamont, and the slow disintegration of the Beatles.
The Beatles' historic U.S. debut on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' will be saluted with a TV special on its 50th anniversary early next year. The Recording Academy has lined up a bunch of artists to pay tribute to the monumental event.
If you read the news about Mark Lewisohn's massive new book about the Beatles' early years and wondered what it could possibly add to the band's legend, the answer is simple: absolutely nothing at all. In fact, as Lewisohn recently told CNN, he tried to wipe all that away and start over.
The second volume of songs recorded by the Beatles for the BBC is available now and Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Apple to give one lucky winner vinyl copies of both volumes.
By the time the Beatles began their three-year relationship with the BBC, they could perform their mix of covers and originals in their sleep. Years of playing for drunken and disinterested audiences had sharpened their stage skills to the point where nothing could faze them -- not even playing the same songs over and over, week after week, for the BBC's various radio programs.
On Nov. 11, 1965, the Beatles convened to finish recording their sixth album, 'Rubber Soul.' Entering the studio at around 6PM, they realized they were a couple songs short of the 14 tracks slotted for the new record. Believe it or not, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were having trouble writing enough material for the album. So they "tossed off" a few new songs and resurrected a cast-off from the 'Help!' sessions.
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