The Beatles: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

If you don’t know any other band, you still probably know The Beatles. The Beatles remain one of the most relevant English rock bands of all time, and though not all members are still alive, it will be a long time before they’re forgotten. Despite the fact that The Beatles spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about The Beatles. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Before They Were The Beatles, They Were The Quarry Men. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison made a record in 1958 under the moniker of The Quarry Men. The record only cost them 17 and sixpence to create.

Number Fourteen: The Beatles Didn’t Come Up With Their Own Name. In fact, Stuart Sutcliffe was the one who came up with the name “The Beatals.” Sutcliffe was a friend of Lennon’s from art school.

Number Thirteen: They Didn’t Use Fender Guitars Until 1965. In an effort to distance themselves from fellow rock band The Shadows, The Beatles refused to use Fender guitars until 1965, when they were already established.

Number Twelve: They Ate Horse for Christmas Dinner. When they were in Hamburg, during Christmas dinner, all of The Beatles unknowingly ate horse. The Christmas dinner was held at Hamburg’s Britsh seaman’s mission.

Number Eleven: They Worked Hard – Really Hard. The Beatles were part of a 56-day residency at Hamburg’s Kaiserkeller in 1960, and as part of their residency, they played four sets every night for seven days a week. Their sets were from 7:30 – 9 p.m., 9:30 – 11 p.m., 11:30 – 1 a.m., and 1:30 – 2 a.m.

Number Ten: Their Concerts Smelled Like Urine. At the height of their fame, fans were so excited to see The Beatles play that they would often wet themselves at the concert. Bob Geldof remembered the urine mostly belonging to girls at the concerts.

Number Nine: Allen Ginsberg Was a Fan. On one occasion, Ginsberg decided to get up and dance when “I Want to Hold Your Hand” played in a nightclub in New York.