Five Myths About the Beatles

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by Allan Kozinn

The Beatles produced some of the most enduring music of all time and rose to a level of near-universal adoration that few other musicians have achieved. But as the story of their brisk evolution from a scruffy, hardworking Liverpool dance hall combo to pop gods who reconfigured music and culture has been told, retold, debated and parsed, many myths have sprouted around it — some created by the Beatles themselves. Here are five.

Myth No. 1
The Beatles objected to trading leather outfits for suits and ties.

“In the beginning,” John Lennon told Melody Maker, the British music magazine, in 1970, Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, “. . . put us in neat suits and shirts, and Paul was right behind him. I didn’t dig that, and I used to try to get George to rebel with me.” Lennon later complained to Rolling Stone that by giving up leather for suits, “we sold out.” Soon, the story of the Beatles chafing against Epstein’s directives was part of the lore.

The other Beatles — and sometimes, Lennon himself — remembered things differently. “It was later put around that I betrayed our leather image,” Paul McCartney said in “The Beatles Anthology,” “but, as I recall, I didn’t actually have to drag anyone to the tailors.” George Harrison said that “with black T-shirts, black leather gear and sweaty, we did look like hooligans. . . . We gladly switched into suits to get some more money and some more gigs.” Lennon put it this way to Hit Parader in 1975: “Outside of Liverpool, when we went down South in our leather outfits, the dance hall promoters didn’t really like us. . . . We liked the leather and the jeans but we wanted a good suit, even to wear offstage.” To which he added, “I’ll wear a . . . balloon if somebody’s going to pay me.”

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/five-myths/five-myths-about-the-beatles/2018/07/05/2a88109c-7f0a-11e8-b660-4d0f9f0351f1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.de5f36da4ae9

Elvis Costello Forced to Cancel European Tour Following Surgery to Remove ‘Aggressive’ Cancer

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Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six dates on his European summer tour on doctor’s orders following surgery to remove what the 63 year-old singer described as a small but “very aggressive cancerous malignancy.” Six weeks after undergoing a procedure — the location of the tumor was not specified — Costello revealed that post-surgery guidelines recommend three to four weeks of recovery.

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/elvis-costello-forced-to-cancel-european-tour-following-surgery-to-remove-aggressive-cancer/ar-AAzEVMP?ocid=spartandhp

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Video of the Week: High School Receptionist Belts ‘At Last’ Over PA System

A North Carolina school receptionist on Wednesday stunned students on the last day of school when she belted out the Etta James classic “At Last” over the PA system. Regina Ballard, the songstress, posted the video on Facebook, and the clip went viral. “I love my job, y’all, but I look forward to summers when I can spend time with my grands & family, sooo…here it is…At Last!!!” Ballard wrote in her post. The video of Ballard’s hearty ballad sung at North Lincoln High School has around 165,000 in a recent tally Friday night. “That’s it. It’s 3 o’clock, y’all. At 3:15, it’s official,” Ballard said before raising the volume of the classic song’s instrumental version on her computer. In between hitting all the high and low notes, she flashes a big, bright smile. “For summer break is ours at last,” she jovially sings. “At last!” A crowd in the background then erupted in thunderous applause for her.

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