Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About John Lennon

April 24, 2014

For a man who arguably did more than any other person to influence what the 1960s sounded like, John Lennon was a surprisingly private figure. Even today, more than three decades after his death and in a world full of people who still consider themselves his fans, it’s possible to be surprised by some of the less-known facts about the rock icon. Here are ten facts that might surprise you about the life of John Lennon:

10) He Didn’t Like The Sound Of His Own Voice

Singing Color

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According to George Martin, by way of biographer Ray Coleman, John was never satisfied with the way he sounded on vinyl. Martin said that Lennon had “an intense dislike of his own voice,” and was forever asking for more effects to be added to alter his vocals.

9) He Once Got Suspended From School For Pornography

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George Harrison In 1964

February 8, 2013

George Harrison Writes Autographs

Who knew that a piece of paper and a pen could pack so much intrigue? Taken a year after the term “Beatlemania” first appeared in The Daily Mirror, George Harrison’s penmanship and raven-colored swoop made women melt.

The Beatles Teach Ed Sullivan How To Play The Guitar

May 16, 2012

Iconic Beatles Photo

Taken in 1964, the then-baby faced Beatles took some time to teach iconic talk show host Ed Sullivan how to strum a few chords while on the show. The next Paul McCartney? Doubtful.

Burning The Beatles In America

July 16, 2010

Professor Brian Ward of the University of Manchester says the Beatles tour stirred up fears and feelings about race relations and had links to the development of the Civil Rights movement:

There are some surprising links between the Beatles and the story of southern race relations and the civil rights movement…

Deejays Tommy Charles and Doug Layton of WAQY in Birmingham – the scene of major civil rights disturbances in the 1960s – were first to pick up on Lennon’s comments and initiate a Ban-the-Beatles Campaign. There was also conspicuous involvement of the Ku Klux Klan in the campaign against the Fab Four. In South Carolina, for example, the Klan Grand Dragon Bob Scoggins nailed a Beatles record to a large cross and set it on fire.

Other Klansmen justified their campaign on the grounds that not only were the Beatles blasphemous, but that they were not really white’ either.

People burn Beatles records

Burning The Beatles

Burning Beatles records in Waycross, Georgia, 1966.

The Beatles In 1957

January 16, 2010

Rare Photograph Of The Beatles In 1957

A beautiful color photograph of The Beatles in 1957 — George Harrison is 14, John Lennon is 16, and Paul McCartney is 15.