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To George,

May your cottage never fall down, may you always breath A.I.R. May I have the next dance? Thank you from the bottom of my Rubber Soul and my plastic leg.

Lots of musicians

From your Uncle John (Lennon)


Old Macdonald Had An Arm

index “George Martin is a tall man. He is also a musician with short hair. In spite of this he records rock groups such as (Beatles, Billy J. Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemakers) to name four, and has earned the respect of everyone in the business (what business you might well ask). We all owe a great deal of our success to George, especially for his patient guidance of our enthusiasm in the right directions (it was a patient George Martin who, on one of our early sessions, explained to a puzzled Ringo that it was a bit much playing a full drum kit, tambourine and maracas at the same time. (…) PS Please tell all your friends to buy it too, so George can be rich and famous – after all why not? Good George Martin is our friend / Buddy Pal and Mate / Buy this record and he’ll send / a dog for your front gate Chorus: With an arf arf arf here / And and arf arf arf there, etc (Sung to the tune of Old Macdonald Had An Arm by the Beatles, a band)

Sleeve notes to the LP Off the Beatles Track by John Lennon


“Many people ask what are the Beatles? Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles, how did the name arrive? So we will tell you. It came in a vision–a man appeared in a flaming pie and said unto them “From this day on you are Beatles with an A.” “Thank you, Mister Man,” they said, thanking him.”

Dubious origin of Beatles

“Once upon a time there were three little boys called John, George and Paul, by name christened. They decided to get together being the getting together type. When the were together they wondered what for after all, what for? So all of a sudden they all grew guitars and formed a noise. (…) And then a man with a beard cut off said – will you go to Germany (Hamburg) and play mighty rock for the peasants for money? And we said we would play mighty anything for money. But before we could go we had to grow a drummer, so we grew one in West Derby in a club called Some Casbah, and his trouble was Pete Best.” 


“I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madalf Heatlump (who only had one). Anyway, they didn’t get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypool. And still didn’t pass – much to my Aunties supplies”