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The Stories Behind Your Favorite Beatles Hits
Sure you know the words, but do you know the stories behind your favorite Beatles hits? You'll appreciate the innovative sound of the 1960s band even more once you know how some of their ideas came to life.
"She's A Woman"
The song "She's A Woman" came from Paul McCartney while he walked around St. John's Wood in London. He wanted to write a song in a bluesy style to mimic one of his musical heroes, Little Richard. That's why the track includes high-pitched singing. Paul has said in an interview that people often thought he was singing off-key by mistake, but it was all on purpose.
Some songs are inspired by seemingly mundane encounters, which is the case for "Lovely Rita." One day Paul McCartney arrived at his car to find a parking attendant writing him a ticket. McCartney noticed the attendant's name, Meta Davis, and commented how it would be a great name for a song. He went on to imagine an office worker that tries to avoid a parking ticket by seducing the parking attendant. How's that for inspiration for one of your favorite Beatles hits?
"Eight Days A Week"
The 1965 hit, "Eight Days A Week," came together at the spur of a moment. McCartney was being driven home in a taxi, chatting with his driver. The driver asked, "You've been busy?" To which McCartney responded, "Busy? I've been working eight days a week." Inspiration struck and he ran into the house yelling, "We've got a title!" The song was written in the next hour.
The upbeat 1965 track actually stems from a serious moment in John Lennon's life. The singer was dealing with depression, an unhappy marriage and drug use. When Paul McCartney showed up at Lennon's house to work on a new song, Lennon wrote the words of what he was feeling—a cry for help. The two put a twist on the melancholy lyrics with an upbeat tempo.
"Here Comes the Sun"
Another one of your favorite Beatles hits comes from a rough patch in a band member's life. In 1969 George Harrison had quit the band temporarily and seemed lost. Harrison ran over to Eric Clapton's house for peace and quiet in the gardens. Inspired by the surprising moment of serenity, he wrote "Here Comes the Sun" while playing one of Clapton's acoustic guitars.
Want to see your favorite Beatles hits played live? The Blackbirds will be performing your favorite Beatles hits from across the decades on Friday, April 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Isle Casino Hotel® Bettendorf.
Listening to the Beatles has us in a "British Mania" mood, so we're hosting a Ticket to Ride event where you can drive away in a brand new Mini Cooper®, or $10,000 cash and $5,000 FanPlay®!
Can't get enough Beatles? Check out the Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition at the Putnam Museum, currently on display. The four galleries cover the beginnings of the band, life on the road, innovation the Beatles are known for, and the break-up of the beloved band. Read more about the exhibition here.
Why not make a special "British Mania" trip? At Isle Casino Hotel® Bettendorf for a limited time we're offering "The British Are Coming" hotel package. It includes a one night stay in a standard room, $50 food credit, two $10 Free Play vouchers, and two tickets to The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition at the Putnam Museum. Beatles, great discounts and your favorite games… what a way to spend a weekend!