LITSWD: The acronym for the title “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Out of the acronym, however, theorists only took notice of three letters: L, S, and D. The musicians and their fans alike have historically lamented the willingness of their critics to look for drug references in song lyrics, and “Lucy,” with its imagery of “marmalade skies” and “kaleidoscope eyes,” is a frequent victim. However, the inspiration for the strange and colorful song came from a much more innocent place. When four-year old Julian Lennon showed his father a drawing of a girl named Lucy who sat next to him in school, the songwriter was inspired by his childish scrawl of a girl who his son said was “in the sky with diamonds.” Lucy Vodden later moved to London, and Julian Lennon rekindled their friendship in the last years of Vodden’s life.
White Beetle: The famous car in the Beatles’ 11th studio album, Abbey Road. This album is widely agreed to be one of the Beatles’ most tightly constructed albums, even though the band was hardly functioning as a group at the time. It is still considered one of the greatest albums of all time, and rightfully became the Beatles’ most successful album. In the photo on the Abbey Road album, the white Volkswagen Beetle in the background parked on the side of the street became instantly famous. After the album was released, the license plate (LMW281F) was stolen repeatedly from the car. Later, the car was sold at an auction in 1986 for 2,530 Euros.
Twist and Shout: The song that was saved for last in the Please, Please Me album. This album was recorded live in a single day, February 11, 1963. This song was saved for last because John Lennon was feeling very ill, and George Martin wanted to preserve his voice through the day. By the time they recorded the song, Lennon had a very sore throat, but sucked on a few Zubes cough drops, gargled some milk, and took off his shirt before launching into one of the finest – and raspiest – performances of his career. He later said in 1976 that “My voice wasn’t the same for a long time after that. Every time I swallowed, it was like sandpaper.”
Andy White: A member of The Beatles for just three hours. If history had been different, the Fab Four would have been John, Paul, George and Andy. Just after Pete Best was sacked and replaced by Ringo, Andy White was asked by George Martin, the Beatles producer, to replace Ringo as drummer on one of the many different recorded versions of Love Me Do. Ringo’s version was released in the UK, but George Martin was happier with the Andy White version which was eventually released abroad and went to number one in America.
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