Almanac Music (History): Cheeky Beatle John



On November 4 in 1963, The Beatles played at The Royal Variety Performance in London in front of an audience that included the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. John Lennon invited audience participation in their last song with the following: “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry.”


Classic Lennon when viewed in the full context – cheeky, clever, acerbic, anti-establishment, insightful, classic!


Enjoy it all again with this YouTube video. (Best to roll it forward to about the 2-minute mark after a false start.)



I think that John Lennon would have fitted into the Almanac community very well!



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  1. Kevin Densley says

    Fab stuff!

  2. george smith says

    John the legendary smartalec contrasted muchly with Paul’s over enthusiastic vicar, George’s zen Buddhist mystic and Ringo’s daggy dad.

    They were characters.

    Interestingly Paul, the man who was responsible for some of the best and worst lyrics in pop/rock history has written a book: › books › oct › the-lyrics.
    The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney review

    Bit suss Paul, shouldn’t you emphasise the music?

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