Posted on: February 18, 2023 Posted by: Aaron_George Comments: 0

The Beatles are the biggest and the greatest band that ever lived. Yet the Get Back documentary currently available on Disney+ told us one thing. That there are still things we don’t yet know about them.

Yes, John, Paul, George and Ringo may have lived, and are still living, their lives in the spotlight, but there are still various mysteries to them. Some we will never know.

In fact, there are many facts already out there that aren’t as commonly known as you may think. So, what are they?

They once tried to buy a Greek island

The Beatles loved the Greek islands and in 1967 John Lennon encouraged the band to purchase a set of them in order to live and work with the band. The band were looking into five small unnamed offshore islands, one reported to be Aegos, while Leslo was also touted as one of them and Hydra, where Lennon spent a large portion of time.

The band were taken around the island on a boat from Athens, where they had a great time and set about purchasing them. Paperwork was written up and the Beatles legal team set about making them their own. However, by the time clearance was given for the purchase to happen, The Beatles had moved on and it never came to fruition.

John Lennon was a gambling man

Lennon may once have said “gambling is evil” but that was far from the truth in his eyes. Said during his time in Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel, of which a slot machine was placed in his room, it was more than a little tongue in cheek.

He was a regular player of poker for money, and not particularly good at it according to an article by The Wrap. It would be interesting to see how he would fair today, in a world of online roulette and blackjack and the Las Vegas Strip completely revolutionised. Could we see Lennon shooting some online craps or online blackjack in between takes in the studio? Perhaps not, but it’s pretty cool to think of The Beatles sat around on tour enjoying a few cards.

Yesterday’s Scrambled Eggs

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Yesterday is a beautiful song of The Beatles. It’s one of the all time classics, but did you know that it wasn’t originally set to be entitled that. Paul McCartney once told Barry Miles for his biography Many Years From Now:

“I woke up with a lovely tune in my head,” “I thought, ‘That’s great, I wonder what that is?’ There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window. I got out of bed, sat at the piano. I liked the melody a lot but because I’d dreamed it, I couldn’t believe I’d written it.”

McCartney then wrote the melody from that dream, working with the lyrics:

 “Scrambled eggs / Oh my baby, how I love your legs / Not as much as I love scrambled eggs.”

The song was then worked on lyrically over a number of months by McCartney, with Yesterday being the finalised version.

They broke up at Disney World

People often associate the very last gig on the roof of Apple Corps as the end of The Beatles, while others look to the press conference of Paul McCartney which enlightened us of the end of the band. However, the Fab Four had to sign a document to confirm this and the papers were signed by George, Paul and Ringo at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

However, John didn’t sign at that point, and it was only 10 days later when Lennon was on holiday at Disney World that the final signature was added to the document, thus officially ending the band at the Florida resort.

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