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The Beatles Cartoons

In September of 1965, the Beatles were the hottest act in the history of show business. In addition to their millions of record and album sales and their sold out concerts all over the world, the Fab Four garnered record-high ratings on their TV appearances and had starred in two smash hit movies, A Hard Day’s [...]

11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

You’d expect famous people to know other famous people. But maybe not these famous people. 1. Nikita Khrushchev & Marilyn Monroe PA Photos /Landov In September 1959, during Khrushchev’s American tour, he visited 20th Century Fox Studios. At a lunch banquet with hundreds of stars (including Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper), he was [...]

The Beatles’ Bizarre Christmas Shows of 1963-64

By the 1963 Christmas season, The Beatles were already the biggest musical stars in the history of British entertainment. So the boys were asked to star in “The Beatles Christmas Shows” at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The Christmas shows had been arranged by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and included several of [...]

Magical Mystery Tour: The Beatles’ Biggest Flop

Did you know The Beatles made a TV movie? Magical Mystery Tour (1967) was their one and only attempt, but it holds another unique place in Beatles history—it was the first, and unequivocally the biggest, flop of their storied career. The Idea The genesis of the disaster known as Magical Mystery Tour was a flight Paul McCartney [...]

The Quick 10: 10 “Fifth Beatles”

09.09.09: It’s Beatlemania all over again. At least, it is at my house. And to some degree, here on the _floss – we’ve covered Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Beatles and Nine Women Who Inspired Beatles Songs. And now we bring you 10 people who have some sort of claim to the [...]