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"If you listen to my playing, I try to become an instrument; play the mood of the song. For example, 'Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire,' - boom ba bom. I try to show that; the disenchanting mood. The drum fills are part of it."


"I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles' position on Vietnam and The Beatles' position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles' tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war."


"After I timed it I said, 'You can't make a single that long.' I was shouted down by the boys - not for the first time in my life - John asked, 'Why not?' I couldn't think of an answer, except the rather pathetic one that disc jockeys wouldn't play it. He said, 'They will if it's us' And, of course, he was absolutely right." 

George Martin.

27th January 1962


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27th January 1962 - the last concert the band played at the Aintree Institute.  

According to Mark Lewisohn, Brian Epstein was paid The Beatles’ £15 fee in loose change - he made sure they never played for promotor Brian Kelly again.

Photo by Dick Matthews / © Apple Corps

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Bob Balser


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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Robert (Bob) Balser on January 4th aged 88.

Bob along with the late Jack Stokes were the two immensely talented Animation Directors on the 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

In 2012 Bob generously gave us his time and expertise as a consultant on the restoration of the original film. A delightful man, he was considered a true friend of Apple.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Cima and all the family.

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No one deserves to be hungry.


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Set an extra place at the table this holiday season and join us to #GiveThanksgiving by donating now to help fight for everyone’s right to nutritious food and an end to hunger in America.

Take action by donating for signature #Hungerthon gifts including John Lennon “Imagine” tee, scarf and bracelets.  

You can also bid on exclusive auctions items or spreading the word using #GiveThanksgiving


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The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One Is....


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ITV UK's 'The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One' has just announced that Britain voted Hey Jude as its top Beatles track of the 27 that reached #1 in the UK and US charts.

Which is your favourite Beatles Number One?

If you missed it UK viewers can catch “The Nation’s Favourite Beatles No1” on http://ITV.com  & on Sunday at 4.30pm #NatFaveBeatles

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