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  • John Lennon Brought A Bed Into The Studio For Yoko Ono on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#2) John Lennon Brought A Bed Into The Studio For Yoko Ono

    One of the most interesting facts about the recording of Abbey Road was the presence of a double bed in the recording studio that housed John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. It wasn't just a random, bizarre scenario, though - Ono was pregnant and recovering from a car accident she and Lennon were involved in just a short time before the first day of recording.

    Lennon, who is said to have been a bad driver, was driving with his family when he swerved off the road and into a ditch. He and Ono's daughter sustained some cuts, while Ono suffered a back injury.

    As a result of her injuries, Ono was given a bed at the studio - complete with a microphone so that she could voice her opinions throughout the sessions. 

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    (#5) John Lennon Stole From Chuck Berry On 'Come Together'

    While writing the now-legendary "Come Together," John Lennon took cues from, and lifted certain aspects of, Chuck Berry's hit song "You Can't Catch Me." McCartney even pointed out that the two songs were similar, prompting Lennon to change certain aspects of it.

    "John acknowledged it was rather close to it, so I said, ‘Well, anything you can do to get away from that,'" McCartney said.

    Music publisher Morris Levy, who owned the Berry song, sued Lennon in 1973 for ripping off the song, later reaching a settlement that forced Lennon to cover three songs he owned. He ended up recording a version of "You Can't Catch Me" as part of the settlement. 

  • Ringo Didn't Want To Play The Drum Solo On 'The End' on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#12) Ringo Didn't Want To Play The Drum Solo On 'The End'

    While most drummers would jump at the chance to play a solo, Starr was completely resistant to the concept throughout his career - which his bandmates appreciated. That is, until it came time to record "The End."

    During production, the song's solo was suggested and Ringo initially refused. Engineer Geoff Emerick later spoke of the drummer's resistance towards the solo, and the resulting performance that helped make the song:

    The thing that always amused me was how much persuasion it took to get Ringo to play that solo. Usually, you have to try to talk drummers out of doing solos! [laughs] He didn't want to do it, but everybody said, 'No, no, it'll be fantastic!' So he gave in - and turned in a bloody marvelous performance.

    It took a while to get right, and I think Paul helped with some ideas, but it's fantastic. I always want to hear more - that's how good it is. It's so musical, it's not just a drummer going off.

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    (#13) 'Her Majesty' Was A Throwaway That Became A Hidden Track

    "Her Majesty" was originally intended to be part of the medley on side B of the album, but Paul McCartney wasn't happy with it and demanded it be removed. Engineer John Kurlander later explained his decision to put it at the end of the album was entirely due to instructions about discarding material.

    "I'd been told never to throw anything away, so after he left I picked it up off the floor, put about 20 seconds of red leader tape before it and stuck it onto the end of the edit tape," he explained

    Before anything could be done, the album was finalized and the 23-second song became part of the tracklist. It was ultimately considered one of the first examples of a hidden track.

    "That was very much how things happened. Really, you know, the whole of our career was like that so it's a fitting end," McCartney later said. 

  • Everyone Praised George Harrison's 'Something' - Even Frank Sinatra on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#9) Everyone Praised George Harrison's 'Something' - Even Frank Sinatra

    Everyone in the band felt very strongly about George Harrison's "Something," praising the guitarist for his writing abilities. At the time, Harrison was being underutilized as a songwriter, but Abbey Road found him contributing both "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun."

    McCartney later said:

    I thought it was George's greatest track - with 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' They were possibly his best three. Until then he had only done one or two songs per album. I don't think he thought of himself very much as a songwriter.  

    Amusingly, Frank Sinatra - who covered the song at performances - used to tell the audience that "Something" was his favorite Lennon/McCartney song. 

  • 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' Was About Crazed Beatles Fans on Random Behind Scene Stories From Recording Of Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

    (#14) 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' Was About Crazed Beatles Fans

    The story behind "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" began with a group of women referred to as the Apple Scruffs - a name given to Beatles groupies who would often find their way into McCartney's home. Margo Bird, a fan, later explained:

    There were really two groups of Apple Scruffs - those who would break in and those who would just wait outside with cameras and autograph books. I used to take Paul's dog for a walk and got to know him quite well.

    One day, McCartney's neighbors notified him that people had been breaking into his home and getting in through his bathroom window. The line, "Sunday's on the phone to Monday, Tuesday's on the phone to me," was inspired by the call from his neighbors.

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Abbey Road is the 11th studio album released by the British rock band The Beatles in 1969. The cover is named after the location of EMI Studios in London. The figure on the cover is a crowd crossing the zebra crossing. The image has become one of the most famous and popular pop music symbols. 

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