Written by Paul McCartney, "Fixing a Hole" features an expressionistic lyric that is unlike anything he'd written before; McCartney has said the lyrics simply reflect a wish to let his mind wander freely, a concept that was in harmony with the mood of the times. It is also one of the simplest recordings on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Beatles made EMI’s Abbey Road Studios a household name after they titled their 1969 album for the facility. It was there that they recorded nearly all of their songs, beginning with their first release, 1962’s “Love Me Do.”
Out There is doing brisk business and garnering fantastic reviews from critics and fans. McCartney has avoided the ticket sales problems his contemporaries, the Rolling Stones, have experienced and has shaken up the setlist — adding "Eight Days A Week," "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite" and other deep cuts — so that even fans who have seen him multiple times in recent years have come away in awe of his talent.
George Harrison’s withering indictment of Britain’s progressive tax system was chosen to open the Beatles’ most progressive musical effort to date. Opening with a rasping cough and a droll count-in, “Taxman” kicks off Revolver in startling fashion, demonstrating both Harrison’s growing sophistication as a songwriter and Emerick’s budding talent for sculpting guitar tones.
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix was looking to branch out and make some stylistic changes not long before his death in 1970. It's also well known that Hendrix and trumpet master Miles Davis were making plans to work together in a new project.
During Paul McCartney's show in Goiânia, Brazil, earlier this week, the stage was invaded by a swarm of grasshoppers. As McCartney, 70, played his three-hour set, several grasshoppers settled in on his shirt. As you can see in the video below, McCartney even introduced one of them ("Harold") to the audience.
Since Paul McCartney started touring regularly in 1989, he's given music fans the closest thing they'd ever see to a Beatles concert. And now that George Harrison has passed away and McCartney's shows packs his concerts with more Fab Four tunes than ever before, the same still holds true.
Filming A Hard Day's Night was often a brutal, seven-days-a-week affair that took a lot out of the band and crew. So one can imagine how Walter Shenson, the film's producer, felt when he pulled John Lennon aside during filming and said, "I'm afraid we're going to need a song called 'A Hard Day's Night,' something up-tempo that can be played over the main titles."
This spring, Paul McCartney will continue his ongoing back-catalog reissues project with the re-release of his late-1976 live album, Wings Over America. The album captures the best moments of one of the most sophisticated and dazzling tours of the mid-'70s. McCartney and his band, Wings, performed to more than 600,000 people at 31 shows in the US and Canada, ending with three nights at The Forum in Los Angeles.