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BEATLES TRIVIA

1) What was the last song John Lennon played for a paying audience?


John Lennon played "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1974, when he took the stage at an Elton John concert. It was the last song Lennon would ever perform for a paid audience. Elton released this version as the B-side of "Philadelphia Freedom" the following year. This was the only live duet ever recorded between Elton John and John Lennon, who were good friends.

2) Which Beatle crossed Abbey Road first?


John was the first Beatle to cross Abbey Road in the famous album cover. The photograph was taken at approximately 11:35 AM on Friday, August 8, 1969. A British Bobby held up traffic for 10 minutes as six pictures were taken.

3) What Beatles song was written for Mia Farrow's sister?


The Beatles met Mia and Prudence Farrow while visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the summer of 1967. Prudence became obsessed with the meditative process and spent almost all of her free time in meditation. The others began to worry about her, and John wrote Dear Prudence as a plea for her to "come out and play" with the rest of the group. She did.

4) Who was the first Beatle to get married?


John Lennon became the first Beatle to "settle down" when he married Cynthia Powell on August 23, 1962, after finding out she was pregnant. He would later divorce her and marry Yoko Ono.

5) Who was the original drummer for the Beatles?


Pete Best was the original drummer for the Beatles, performing with the band during its formative years in the early 1960s. He was replaced by Ringo Starr only a few days before The Beatles recorded their first hit single, "Love Me Do."

6) Which of the Beatles did some fans believe had died and been replaced by a double?


In the Fall of 1969 a rumor swept the world that Paul had died three years earlier in a fiery car crash, and the surviving band members, fearful of the effect his death might have on their careers, secretly replaced him with a double named William Campbell (an orphan who had won a Paul McCartney lookalike contest in Edinburgh).

7) What band did Ringo leave to join the Beatles?


Shortly after being signed to EMI's Parlophone label, the Beatles dismissed drummer Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr, who left Rory Storm and the Hurricanes to join them.

8) For what crime was Paul McCartney deported from Germany?


McCartney and Pete Best were arrested and deported for arson in 1960 after they set fire to a condom in a concrete corridor.

9) What was the working title of With a Little Help from my Friends?


The working title of Bad Finger Boogie came about because John Lennon had been forced to rely on his middle finger when playing the song's piano part, having injured his forefinger.

10) Which of the following songs contributed to the rumor that Paul had died?


At the end of Strawberry Fields Forever, John can be heard mumbling what sounds like "I buried Paul", which helped fuel the "Paul is dead" rumors. John would later claim that he was actually saying "cranberry sauce".

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