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“Apple” alludes to Apple Corps in London, a holding company for The
Beatles to include Apple Records, Apple Music, Apple Films, Apple
Publishing, etc. There was also once a boutique, Apple Retail. The site of
the last live Beatle concert was on the rooftop of the Apple building at 3
Savile Row! “Get Back” was one of the songs they played!
Refers, of course, to The Beatles! Four lads from Liverpool who rocked the
world! (taken from statue on Matthew Street in Liverpool) “I Want To Hold
Your Hand” was the first #1 Beatles hit in America.
In 1957, The Cavern Club in Liverpool was “number 10 in a row of grimy old
warehouses. Once an …egg packing station and an air raid shelter against
Hitler’s Luftwaffe, 18 stone steps led down to a cellar club the name of
which was to become known the world over. Here in the catacombed
darkness. The Beatles played no less than 274 times. They made their
debut during the lunchtime of Thursday, Feb. 9th 1961 for 5
pounds and went on to play a further 151 lunchtime sessions with lines of
teenagers winding down the cobblestone street. Their final performance,
for 300 pounds, took place on the evening of Sat., Aug. 3rd
1963. Along with other top local groups (of) the Mersey Sound, The
Beatles made the Cavern the most famous rock and roll venue of its day.”
(The Beatles Liverpool The Complete Guide by Ron Jones)
Listen to an old recording of The Beatles playing live at The Cavern!
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics and music for the majority
of the Beatles songs. They often huddled together to write and
collaborate, but they would also write individually, with the one who
initially came up with the song singing the lead. Almost always, each of
them had input into each other’s songs. In England, people often took bus
trips for a day, hence the term “day tripper.” John and Paul later have
discussed additional meanings to the term. The song “Day Tripper” is from
the White Album.
Brian Epstein discovered The Beatles at the Cavern Club and was their
manager and dear friend. Paul McCartney said that Brian was truly “the
fifth Beatle.” The Eggman is a reference to the song “I Am The Walrus”:
“I am the egg man, they are the egg men. I am the walrus, goo go g’joob.”
What else can you find from the lyrics in the illustration?
This nickname for The Beatles is theorized to be given to them by the
George Harold Harrison, often dubbed “the quiet Beatle.” He is the
youngest Beatle, and was a school chum of Paul’s. He played lead guitar
and played a lead role in the Beatles’ foray into spiritualism and Indian
music. He died in 2001 from lung cancer. I love the two songs he wrote for
the Abbey Road album; “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something.”
Refers to the song and film “Help” as well as the song “Drive My Car” from
the Rubber Soul album.
These were the instruments The Beatles played early on: Paul on bass
guitar, George on lead guitar, John on rhythm guitar and Ringo on drums.
This illustration was inspired by The Beatles’ first appearance on
American T.V. on the Ed Sullivan Show. As they became more sophisticated
and their touring wound down, they became more of a studio band. They
experimented with many sounds and a wide variety of instrumentation.
John Winston Lennon, was known as the creator and leader of the band. He
was a kind of “Teddy Boy” (tough British youth culture) growing up in
Liverpool with an ascerbic wit. He felt he remained a “Working Class Hero”
and pleaded with the world to “Give Peace A Chance.” Tragically, he was
murdered in 1980. One of my favorite songs credited mostly to John is
“Norwegian Wood” from the Rubber Soul album.
Quotes a lyric in the song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” Much of the
illustration comes from the song. Listen and read the lyrics to find the objects in the picture! (e.g.. newspaper taxis)
Refers to the birthplace of The Beatles. It is a city in Merseyside,
England in the county of Lancashire. Here is where you will find Penny
Lane, Strawberry Fields, The Cavern Club, Abbey Road, etc. Can you find
Of course, this is what drove them. Their love for creating and playing
Refers to the Lennon/McCartney song “Nowhere Man.” It was one of their
first songs to be entirely unrelated to love or romance.
Refers to the song of the same name on the Abbey Road album. It was
written and sung by Ringo. Can you find the yellow submarine in the
Refers to James Paul McCartney. He is considered to be the most successful
composer and recording artist of all time. More artists have covered his
Beatles song “Yesterday”, than any other copyrighted song in history. He is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. Paul continues to play sold-out concerts the world over. I, myself, have seen him in concert 9 times and counting! Read the lyrics to Penny Lane and see how many references you can find in the illustration.
Refers to The Quarrymen which was the skiffle band John Lennon started and
which eventually included Paul and George and became The Beatles. The name
was taken from The Quarry Bank School which John Lennon attended. The
early band played at The St. Peter’s Church fete (festival) which Paul
attended and where later he met John for the first time. And, the rest is
history! The Quarrymen recorded Buddy Holly’s song “That’ll Be The Day.”
Give it a listen!
Refers to Ringo Starr whose real name is Richard Starkey. He originally
played drums in a band in the UK and Hamburg called Rory Storm and the
Hurricanes. He didn’t join The Beatles until 1962 when he replaced Pete
Best as their drummer. He was known for his sweet, easy-going personality
and great sense of humor. One song that Ringo sings the lead vocal on that
I really like is “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
Refers to Stuart Sutcliffe who was an art student with John and his good
friend. Stuart won an art competition and John convinced him to buy a
guitar with the prize money. He did and joined the group since they were
in need of a bass guitarist as well as a drummer. He was instrumental in
changing the name of the band to The Beatles, went with them to Hamburg,
and in 1962 decided to leave the group to pursue his promising art career.
He died in 1962 in Hamburg of a brain hemorrhage. In the illustration,
Stuart has on blue suede shoes! Give a listen to an early
recording of “Hallelujah” by The Beatles with Stu!
Refers to the Top Ten Club in Hamburg where The Beatles played during 1960
and 1961. They lived in the attic above the club. You can see 5 Beatles in
this illustration: John, Paul, George, Stuart and then-drummer Pete Best.
This refers to the lyrics in “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” Can you find
Lucy in the illustration? John Lennon wrote this song after his son Julian
came home from school with a picture he had drawn of his classmate, Lucy,
with stars all around her in the sky. Julian called his picture, Lucy In
The Sky With Diamonds!
The violin bass is a hollow-bodied bass guitar shaped like a violin. Paul
made it famous during the 1960s and it was nicknamed the Beatle Bass or
the Cavern Bass. In the illustration, you will see Paul’s leg sporting a
Beatle boot as he walks out of frame. You can also see a “long and winding
road” outside the window which references the song of the same name.
Give it a listen!
On the table is a plate of scrambled eggs. Paul tells the story that the tune for “Yesterday” came to him just as a melody first. As he was working on it, he had no lyrics so until he did, he simply sang, “Scrambled eggs, oh baby how I love your legs!”
This page gives a beautiful message to all the people of the world to
leave your problems behind, get on with life and “Let It Be.” This song was
written by Paul and the words “Mother Mary” is really a reference to his
own mother Mary who died when he was 14.
The song “All You Need Is Love” was written by John for a TV project
called “Our World,” a first-ever world-wide broadcast featuring music from 6
continents. John’s message reflected the youth anti-war movement of the
60s and the repetition of the desire for love and peace.
This illustration portrays the scene described in the song “For The
Benefit of Mr. Kite.” See if you can find the Sgt. Pepper Beatles, the
mop-top Beatles and the Helter-Skelter slide just outside the doorway.
Look carefully at the faces in the audience and you might see me and my
family along with friends. You might also be able to recognize Bob Dylan,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Janis Joplin, John Kennedy and Marilyn
Monroe. Read the lyrics and see how many characters you can find in the
This refers to probably the most famous road crossing in the world! This
crosswalk was made famous when The Beatles used a photograph of them
crossing it for the cover of their album Abbey Road. In the illustration,
you can see the white building in the background which is Abbey Road
studios where they recorded much of their music. Today fans love crossing
the iconic “zebra,” which is what the British call the black and white
striped crosswalks. Can you find the 4 Beatles? I love the song
“Because” off this album, but give the whole album a listen!
This page speaks for itself. The lyrics are from the Beatles’ song “The
End” off the Abbey Road album.