10 things you didn't know about The Beatles

Beatles fans crossing abbey road

Whether you're chasing The Beatles in Liverpool or visiting famous Abbey Road on a tour, get inspired with our top ten facts about the legendary band.

1. Penny Lane, in Liverpool, experienced constant disappearances of its street sign ever since the 1967 hit of the same name. 

Tired of picking up the bill, Liverpool City Council took to painting the street sign on a nearby building instead.

2. The Beatles had two left-handed members: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

3. Elton John’s cover of Beatles hit Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds features John Lennon’s backing vocals and guitar. 

Lennon, who wrote the song, is credited on Elton’s version as ‘Dr. Winston O'Boogie’, and is said to have preferred it to his own.

4. Mal Evans was The Beatles’ road manager and an unconventional contributor to some of their biggest hits: He was responsible for sounding the alarm clock on A Day in the Life and struck the cow bell on With a Little Help from My Friends

5. The original 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP has a back cover filled with every word from every song on the album – the first time a rock album had ever done this.

6. If you're a fan of The Beatles’ Something, and Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight and Layla, you can thank a woman named Pattie Boyd. The British model inspired husband George Harrison to pen his 1969 hit single before she caught the eye of Eric Clapton. The two men once staged a guitar-playing duel to win her affection!

7. Paul McCartney's song Yesterday had its music written before the lyrics. Paul used the working line 'scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs' before coming up with 'yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.'

8. Hungry? Some of the foods mentioned in Beatles songs include: cornflakes, truffles, honey, octopus, turkey, marshmallows, strawberries, eggs, peppers and pies.

9. David Bowie’s mega-hit Fame was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

10. Before Cher was Cher, the guttural songstress went by the name of Bonnie Jo Mason. Bonnie Jo’s first single was the Beatlemania inspired Ringo I Love You. The song did not get sufficient airplay to even give it a chance in America, as local radio stations believed Cher’s low vocals to be those of a man!

Tours for Beatles fans


Day tour of London from Liverpool

This fantastic package lets you explore Liverpool, home of The Beatles, at your own pace, and includes return train tickets, a city map, a guided tour to Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and more.

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Beatles Story, Liverpool

Get closer to The Beatles than anywhere else at the world's largest Beatles museum. See original instruments, visit the Cavern Club and hear the band's story in their own words.

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