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Old Jun 03, 2002, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default 101 reasons to be a Beatle fan

1. An Ed Sullivan introduction.

2. The harmonica on "Love Me Do"

3. That unique blending of Lennon and McCartney's voices.

4. The feedback at the beginning of "I Feel Fine"

5. The Buckingham Palace Scene in "HELP!"

6. The rooftop concert.

7. The nervy performance at their first New York press conference.

8. The Granny Smith Apple Records label, with it's sliced apple B-side.

9. McCartney with a beard circa 1969-70.

10. The hand claps on "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

11. The universalness of "In My Life"

12. John Lennon's cute nose.

13. The entire "Revolver" album, and the "quiet revolution" it ushered into rock and roll.

14. Ringo's drumming on "Ticket To Ride"

15. The greatest follow-up single ever "Can't Buy Me Love"

16. John in the compartment with the stuffy old man on the train in "A Hard Day's Night"

17. The backing vocals on "Help"

18. The once-in-a-lifetime thrill of watching the recording of "All You Need Is Love" on the "Our World" satellite telecast.

19. The "new look" promo film for "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Field Forever"

20. Paul's innovative bass lines on the "Sgt. Pepper" album.

21. John's spine tingling voice on "A Day In The Life"

22. The chord that lasts forever.

23. Brian Epstein.

24. The first Shea Stadium show

25. "The Beatles are coming to town!"

26. The Richard Avedone portraits for Look.

27. The Bushby Berkely-style ballroom scene at the end of "Magical Mystery Tour"

28. That Dramatic guitar riff throughout "Things We Said Today"

29. The "Meet The Beatles" (or "With the Beatles" for you Brits) album cover shot.

30. The Ludwig drum kit with its Beatles logo on the bass drum-one of the most powerful icons in all of popular culture!

31. Ringo paradin' in "A Hard Day's Night"

32. Jane Asher

33. John's "seasoning" in his soup in "HELP!"

34. That 1965 performance of "Yesterday" on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

35. The BBC Radio performances, particularly "Soldier of Love"

36. The "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" promo films as shown on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

37. Derek Taylor

38. The "Got to Get You Into My Life" horns.

39. The original "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" LP packaging.

40. Lennon trading barbs with the inspector at Scotland Yard in "HELP!"

41. Stu, Astrid, Klaus, and Jurgen.

42. Paul sexy singing in "You Know My Name Look Up the Number"

43. George Martin

44. The "cutting edge" excitement engendered by the arrival of a new Beatles album.

45. That Rickenbacker 12-string sound

46. "Hey Jude"

47. The White Album Portraits.

48. The Hofner violin bass.

49. "The people in the cheap seats clap. The rest of you just rattle your jewelry."

50. The bass on "Ballad of John and Yoko"

51. That first Feb 9, 1964 "Ed Sullivan Show"-one of the greatest nationally shared moments in American TV history.

52. The chance to hear Badfinger.

53. The backing vocals on "She's Leaving Home"

54. John Lennon singing "To Know Her Is to Love Her"

55. Apple's First Four.

56. Peter and Gordon's first three-all a gift from Paul.

57. John and Paul face-to-face on "Two of Us" in "Let It Be"

58. Paul breaking up John with his Elvis imitation in the above.

59. The harmonies on "Yes It Is"

60. Mal

61. Radio stations trying to outdo each other to premiere each new Beatles record.

62. Linda's Pictures

63. "He's very touchy about those drums; they loom large in his legend"

64. The mono "Sgt. Pepper" album.

65. The US single picture sleeves.

66. "It's off 'Beatles VI' or something, I don't know"

67. The "Abbey Road" album cover

68. The interplay between John's lead vocal and Paul's backing vocal on "Ballad of John and Yoko"

69. The best B-side in pop music history.

70. "Mak show"

71. The stereo "A Hard Day's Night" and "Beatles For Sale" (and wouldn't it be nice if we were allowed to have them on CD!)

72. The "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album and the way it felt to listen to it that Summer of Love.

73. "Say no more" "I can say no more"

74. Ringo's drumming on "Something"

75. John's books.

76. "Yellow Submarine"-song and film

77. Norm and Shake in "ADHN"

78. Pattie Boyd

79. The drums on "Tomorrow Never Knows"

80. The chorus of "Frère Jacques" in the backing vocals of "Paperback Writer"

81. The mournful French horn and aching beauty of "For No One"

82. The Beatle wit.

83. The group harmonies on "Here There and Everywhere"

84. "What little old man?"

85. That October 1964 "Shindig" appearance when it was obvious The Beatles occupied a level all their own in pop music.

86. The guitars on "And Your Bird Can Sing" (proof they really could play.)

87. Newpaper taxis.

88. Their multi-media proof that rock musicians could be artists.

89. Side two of "Abbey Road"

90. The "Can't Buy Me Love" guitar solo.

91. The alliteration of "made her look a little like a milit'ry man" in "Lovely Rita"

92. "Her name was McGill and she called herself Lil but everyone knew her as Nancy"

93. "Bang, Bang, shoot, shoot"

94. Paul's backing vocals on "Come Together"

95. Lennon's singing on the White Album.

96. The end of "Hey Bulldog" with Paul's barking making John laugh.

97. The lyrics of "Across the Universe"

98. George Martin's double-speed piano solo in "In My Life"

99. Aunt Mimi

100. "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"

101. "I'd like to thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition."

"If Hitler were alive today, the German girls wouldn't let him bomb London if the Beatles were there."
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