Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Who says the backing vocals on 'All You Need Is Love'?||Fifth Beatles
Graham Nash. Nash, soon to leave the Hollies, was part of an all-star cast that included Clapton, Jagger, Richards, Keith Moon and a host of others singing background on this session, which combined live performance with pre-recorded tracks for a world-wide broadcast.
Shankar Ghosh. Ghosh joined 10 other Indian musicians on this tune, which had lyrics lifted almost word for word from the Tao Te Ching. The only contributions by the Beatles were George's lead vocal with backing vocals by John and Paul.
|Who say the background vocals on 'Yellow Submarine'?||Fifth Beatles
Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull, as famous for her tryst with Mick Jagger as for her pop hits at the time, joined the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, Patti Boyd Harrison and Beatle aides Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall on the backing vocals for this busy track.
|Who played the flute in 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'?||Fifth Beatles
Johnnie Scott. Session musician Scott played two solos, one on alto flute and the other on tenor flute, that were later mixed together.
George Martin. Martin recorded the solo an octave lower and at half the speed heard on the final record. Speeding up the solo gives it a sound similar to a harpsichord.
Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. Yoko was a new and unsettling presence during the marathon 'White Album' sessions. Here she joins George's wife on one of the few true collaborations between John and Paul from this period.
|Who played drums on the album version of 'Love Me Do'?||Fifth Beatles
Andy White. White, a professional session drummer, was brought in by producer George Martin after original Beatles' drummer Pete Best put in a poor performance at an earlier session, their first with Martin. The Beatles in the meantime had replaced Best with Ringo Starr, but Martin insisted on using White, relegating Ringo to tambourine. Ringo drummed on a later version, issued as a single in some pressings. Best's plodding version was included in the Anthology series.
Billy Preston. Preston, and old friend who toured Britain in the old days with Little Richard, was invited to the 'Get Back' sessions in the hope that his presence would calm the infighting between the Fabs.
|Who played the saxophone on 'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)'?||Fifth Beatles
Brian Jones. The Beatles had invited the Rolling Stones to a session, expecting him to bring his guitar. He showed up with a sax instead and added some faux-lounge flavor to this B-side.
|Who played the guitar solo on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'?||Fifth Beatles
Eric Clapton. George Harrison asked Clapton to sit in when the other Beatles showed little enthusiasm for his composition during the 'White Album' sessions.
|Slight twist to finish - which was the ONLY Beatle to feature on "Good Night"?||Fifth Beatle
Ringo. John wrote this song as a Paul pastiche for his son Julian. It was included on the 'White Album' with Ringo on vocals and purely orchestral backing.
Billy Preston. With echoes of the Clapton episode mentioned earlier, Preston was brought in primarily to ease tensions during the ill-fated 'Let It Be/Get Back' recording sessions.
|Who played the French horn solo on "For No One"?||Fifth Beatle
Alan Civil. Civil was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This song was recorded for "Revolver" in 1966 and featured only 2 of the Beatles - Paul (vocals, keyboards and bass) and Ringo (percussion).
|Who did NOT provide backing vocals on "All You Need Is Love"?||Fifth Beatle
Bill Wyman. This was the song they wrote for their worldwide televised broadcast in 1967.
|Who played the drums on the single version of "Love Me Do"?||Fifth Beatle
Andy White. Pete had just been kicked out of the band, but after 15 unsatisfactory takes of what would be their first single, George Martin asked Andy White to sit in on drums while Ringo was relegated to the tambourine (NB Alan White was a drummer with Oasis).
|Who was the other vocalist on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"?||Fifth Beatle
Yoko Ono. Yoko was, by then, a permanent fixture at Beatles sessions and provided an almost childlike accompanying vocal on one of John's lighter 'White Album' offerings.
|Who banged the anvil on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"? ||Fifth Beatle
Mal Evans. Big Mal can be seen hammering the anvil during the infamous 'Let It Be' film footage.
|Who played the guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?||Fifth Beatle
Eric Clapton. An easy one for Beatles fans. George brought Clapton along to help improve the atmosphere during the tense 'White Album' sessions (it worked, albeit briefly).
|Who played saxophone on "You Know My Name(Look Up The Number)"?||Fifth Beatle
Brian Jones. This B-side took an eternity for the Beatles to finally record and release, and Jones joined a late-night session to play the sax heard right at the end of the track.
George Martin. The very distinctive 'harpsichord' solo played by Martin was actually played on electric piano and sped up on tape.
Murray Kaufman. Murray "The K" Kaufman was a radio D.J. with W.I.N.S. at the time of the first Beatles U.S. visit. It is generally opined that he created the term and applied to himself, for self-promotional reasons!
Brian Epstein. Most people know that Brian Epstein worked at NEMS (North End Music Stores) and that is where he first became aware of the Beatles, after being asked for a copy of "My Bonnie".
However, prior to taking over NEMS, the Epstein family owned a furniture business next door. Brian worked as a salesman there from the age of 16.
Stu Sutcliffe. It can be reasonably argued that Stu Sutcliffe was the most genuinely-named 'Fifth Beatle', as for a short time in Hamburg, he was a bona-fide member of a five-man Beatles lineup. Stu was the first Beatles to adopt the 'mop-top' haircut, a legacy of his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr. (Yes, she was also Klaus Voorman's girlfriend, as per question 5!).
Many theories abound as to the reason for Stu's death. These range from a fight he had with John Lennon in Hamburg some time earlier, to an unrelated beating in Liverpool, to a hereditary condition.
Mal Evans was a Beatles' roadie. Mike McGear is Paul McCartney's brother, who changed his last name because he was intent on making it in the music business without the assistance of the McCartney name. He was moderately successful, as a member of Scaffold, best known for "Lily The Pink".
Pete Best is, of course, the Beatle that fate and time forgot...
Billy Preston. It was Billy Preston, who even gained the rare distinction of being credited on a label. "Don't Let Me Down (w - Billy Preston)".
Whilst Eric Clapton played guest solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", that was for "The Beatles" rather than "Let It Be".
George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who died in 2005. He was sometimes referred to as the 'Fifth Beatle' because of his good looks and flamboyant lifestyle.
Regarding Yoko Ono, I shall restrict my comments in the interest of goodness and niceness! Whilst Yoko may have sat in (literally) on the "Let It Be" sessions, one can only observe that the Stones were not so foolish to let her do the same with them.
Yes. The answer is yes. Stu Sutcliffe was a proper member of a five-man Beatle lineup during the group's Hamburg days.
Klaus Voormann. Klaus Voormann was awarded a Grammy for for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts, in 1965 for the "Revolver" cover. Klaus became aware of the Beatles after having a fight with his then girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr. He wandered into a club called the 'Reeperbahn' and heard them playing, and thus the relationship was formed.
Klaus later became the bass guitarist in Manfred Mann.
George Martin. Parlaphone's George Martin was the Beatles' producer from "Please Please Me" until (but not including) "Let It Be", which was produced by Phil Spector.
Andy White. During the recording sessions for "Please Please Me", George Martin was unconvinced with Ringo's technical ability, so he drafted in Andy White, an EMI session musician.
|This 'Fifth Beatle' had a fleeting brush with fame when he was used as replacement for a sick Ringo on part of the group's 1964 tour of Europe, Australia and New Zealand - who was he?||Other People With The Title Of 'Fifth Beatle'
Jimmy Nicol. Jimmy Nicol was drafted into the lineup by Brian Epstein only after first having to overcome George's initial refusal to play if Ringo wasn't going to be there.
Jimmy commenced his gig with the concert in Copenhagen on 4 June and continued until Ringo returned for the Melbourne concert on 14 June.
Pete Best of course could hardly be considered, given previous circumstances. Bobby Elliot was the drummer for The Hollies and Mick Avory pounded the skins for The Kinks. At no time were either of them a fifth for the Fab Four.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles were attending a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales, when they learned of Brian Epstein's passing on 27 August 1967.
Of the other choices, Shri Ramana Maharshi was an Advaita Vedanta sage of South India. Ravi Shankar is a master of the Sitar, a stringed instrument perhaps best known to western audiences as played by George Harrison on "Norwegian Wood". Ravi Shankar's involvement with the Beatles certainly made him an international star.
Ravi Shastri has no involvement with the Beatles. Shastri was an Indian Test Cricketer mainly in the 1980s.