Here is a selection of pub trivia-style questions which might come in handy if you ever appear on ‘Mastermind’.
My Bonnie – This Tony Sheridan single was recorded in Hamburg and released in Germany on the 23rd October 1961. It later came out in the UK on the 5th January 1962, rising to #48 in 1963.
This was George and John’s instrumental Cry For A Shadow, which first appeared on a Tony Sheridan EP called Mr. Twist in France, April 1962.
From Me To You – This hit number one on the 7th May 1963 and stayed top for 7 weeks. Some people argue that Please Please Me hit the top spot, but it stalled at number two in the Record Retailer chart.
I Want To Hold Your Hand – This hit number one on the 1st February 1964 and stayed top for 7 weeks.
The Beatles enjoyed a run of 12 consecutive No.1’s until Engelbert Humperdinck’s Release Me kept Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane stuck at number two.
The Ballad Of John And Yoko – This hit number one on the 14th June 1969 and stayed top for 3 weeks.
The Long And Winding Road – This hit number one on the 13th June 1970 and stayed top for 2 weeks.
Her Majesty, with a playing time of just 23 seconds.
Revolution 9, with a playing time of 8.22.
Some of the famous names to get a mention in a lyric include: Harold Wilson and Ted Heath (Taxman); Edgar Allan Poe (I Am The Walrus); Chairman Mao (Revolution); Sir Walter Raleigh (I’m So Tired); B.B. King, Doris Day and Matt Busby (Dig It).
The Quarrymen’s first gig was down Roseberry Street on 22nd June 1957. Two weeks later John and Paul met at Woolton Parish fete and their first gig together (as The Quarrymen) was on 18th October 1957. Their first gig together as ‘The Beatles’ is not known, but was probably just before their first visit to Hamburg on 16th August 1960.
The Beatles’ last gig at The Cavern was on the 3rd August 1963 – after 274 shows.
The Beatles last concert was officially the one at Candlestick Park on the 29th August 1966, but some people insist that it was on the roof of the Apple building in January ’69 (…but seeing as it was unannounced, we’d rather class that as a ‘performance’).
John was born the 9th October 1940 in Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool. He got married twice – first to his art college sweetheart Cynthia Powell, and then to his Japanese muse, Yoko Ono. He was shot and killed by Mark Chapman in New York City on the 8th December 1980, aged 40.
Paul was born on the 18th June 1942 at Walton Hospital, Liverpool. He has been married twice – first to 60s photogapher Linda Eastman, and then to the one-legged Heather Mills.
George was born on the 25th February 1943 at 12 Arnold Grove, Liverpool. He got married twice – first to A Hard Day’s Night beauty Patti Boyd, and then to Olivia Arrias. He died of cancer on the 29th November 2001, aged 58.
Ringo was born on the 7th July 1940 at 9 Madryn Street, Liverpool. He has been married twice – first to the hairdresser Maureen Cox, and then to Bond girl Barbara Bach.