The Beatles’ best songs after they broke up

The Beatles
The Beatles

What were the best songs recorded by the Beatles after they split up as a band? John Lennon, of course, had the biggest hit of them all after the breakup, Imagine. Paul McCartney has had the longest and most successful career, performing and recording still. Ringo Starr also tours with his own band and has a new album, Pictures from Paradise. (Read about him in Rolling Stone.)

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Oh Boy! Buddy Holly!

Today is the birthday of Buddy Holly, who died young but remains one of the greatest legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, on September 7, 1936, he started recording in 1956 and had his first hit in 1957 with That’ll Be the Day. Two years later, it was all over. He died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, with two other stars, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, when their small, chartered aircraft flew into a storm in Iowa during a concert tour.

But in his shortlived career, “he wrote more memorable licks — and more hummable hits – than most rockers get in their entire lives”, said the Rolling Stone magazine.  That’ll Be the Day is 39th in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.Continue Reading

The Beatles and Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule

Today is the birthday of Malcolm Gladwell. He is 51 today. I have been reading David and Goliath, but my favourite is Outliers because of the chapter headed The 10,000-Hour, which begins with the epigraph, “In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours.”

 That’s a quote from John Lennon, talking about the Beatles’ early days, performing at a Hamburg strip club called the Indra.

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