Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Trav's Trivia Meme....

Travis (Trav's Thoughts) has started a new meme – a trivia meme, here’s his instructions:'s your 'structions:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to:

1. Choose a category from one of these: Television, Stage & Screen, Nightly News, Publishing, Lives & Times, Music
2. Find 8 bits of trivia about your selected category
3. Be sure to let me know when...ok, decide to play along so I can see what you come up with.
4. You may tag, or simply offer the meme for borrowing or stealing as you like.

OK I’ve chosen Music, in particular Beatles songs
  1. Yesterday started life under the name "Scrambled Eggs". McCartney wrote the line "Scrambled eggs, oh, my baby, how I love your legs", but nearly left the song unfinished because he thought he had heard the melody somewhere else.

  2. John Lennon said that the song Norwegian Wood is about an affair he had, apparently with a female journalist. He later admitted that he had several affairs with other women during his marriage with Cynthia. McCartney said the song title was inspired by "cheap Norwegian pinewood."

  3. Come Together was originally a political campaign song given to Timothy Leary, who in 1969 had decided to run as governor of California against Ronald Reagan, the future US president.

  4. George Harrison's Something is the Beatles song that's been covered the most by other artists, after Yesterday. Frank Sinatra called it the "the greatest love song of the past fifty years."

  5. Michelle is the most recorded Beatles song after Yesterday. It was Jan Vaughan, the wife of Paul McCartney's school friend Ian Vaughan, who came up with the phrase 'Michelle, ma belle'. Jan was a French teacher and she translated all the French phrases in the song on request from Paul, who didn't speak French.

  6. Eleanor Rigby's grave is located in the graveyard of St Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, within yards of the spot where John and Paul met for the first time in 1957. However, the song Eleanor Rigby has, according to Paul McCartney, nothing to do with this gravestone. McCartney has said the name Rigby is taken from a shop in Bristol and that Eleanor is taken from actress Eleanor Bron, who starred in the Beatles movie Help!

  7. Paul McCartney got the idea to the song She's Leaving Home in February 1967 after reading an article in the Daily Mirror about 17-year-old Melanie Coe who had run away from home. What McCartney didn't know at the time is that he had actually met Melanie three years before on the TV program Ready Steady Go.

  8. On Lennon's song Girl from Rubber Soul, one can hear Paul and George constantly repeat the word "tit" in the background. John also breathes heavily several places. This could have been done to emphasize on the fact that the song had sexual references.
Thanks for starting this meme Travis, I really enjoyed doing it.

I’m not going to tag anyone but if you would like to do it feel free, just let Travis (and me) know you’re doing it and link it back please.


Flowerpot said...

a lot of research went into that Ak - well done!

acey said...

i find this not only entertaining but informative, ake. i love the beatles, to!!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow i didn't know most of that! thanks...

smiles, bee

San said...

I didn't know any of these gems. I find the "Yesterday" fact so interesting. The "scrambled eggs" line sounds so Beatles and yet "Yesterday" turned out to be so wistful and perfect, so "unscrambled eggs."

Cool meme. I'd take up the challenge, but I've been feeling memed out of late. One to file for later.

Sandi McBride said...

What fun! I've learned more (and then some) about the Beatles in this brief post than perhaps it's good for me to know lol

James Goodman, Author said...

That was a great meme, Akelamalu. I learned alot. :D

CG said...

Fascinating!! I loved this well done!!

MarmiteToasty said...



Anndi said...

"Something" is most definitely one of the most beautiful love songs...

I'm glad you did this meme... I may have to. It looks like fun.

Travis said...

YAY for Beatles trivia! I knew a couple of those bits, but I did learn some new things.

Eleanor Rigby may be my favorite Beatles song.

Thanks for playing! This was really good!

Miss Understood said...

Looks like you worked hard on that, Ak. Well done :)

girl with the mask said...

That is quite spooky r.e. point number seven!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Flowerpot x

The Beatles are still popular, so glad you like them too Acey x

You're welcome Bee, I didn't know some of it either!

I wondered how they got Yesterday from Scrambled eggs too San!

Glad you enjoyed it Sandi :0

Happy to be of service James ;)

Thanks Cg, glad you enjoyed it. x

Cheers Marmie xx

Oh yes Anndi go on do it, it's fun.

I really enjoyed doing it Trav, thanks for starting it. :)

Not too hard Miss U, thanks to the internet! ;)

I thought that was spooky too GIM!

Dumdad said...

Great choice. I knew the story behind Yesterday but the rest is new to me. And I thought I knew everything there was to know about The Beatles! So thanks for filling in the gaps in my education.

I actually watched the film Help! again a week or so ago. Great fun still.

storyteller said...

I’m catching up today after having ‘memory’ issues with my computer causing Google Reader to ‘freeze up’ my computer. Today things seem better … so I’ve got my fingers crossed (making it VERY hard to type). LOL

I actually tried the Wordzzle again this weekend w/o success and am beginning to think I’ll simply leave it to those of you who do this so magnificently and just enjoy reading them rather than trying to write. You’re all so good at this!!!

I enjoyed your ‘memory’ of family trips … (that dog seems like a menace) … reminding me of some of my own. Thanks for sharing.
Interesting new meme … and I learned things I’d never heard of in reading your ‘trivia’ about Beatles songs. Is this stuph really true? I’m not likely to pick up anything new right now because I’m already doing too many … and I’ve told Pensieve I’ll do her new one. That reminds me I’ve not yet done that and posted on Sacred Ruminations yet … though I have shared T-13 at Small Reflections. I’d better get on that quickly because it’s already 1:15pm here in So Cal!!!
Hugs and blessings,

Akelamalu said...

There's always something new to learn about the Beatles Dumdad, nice to hear you're a fan too! :)

I'm sure you would do a wonderful job on the wordzzle Storyteller, it just takes a bit of practice. Not sure how true the Beatles trivia is but it sounds plausible doesn't it?

bindhiya said...

That is a beautifully done meme!
Great job Akelamalu!
I learn so much too.. thanks...

Akelamalu said...

So glad you enjoyed it Bindix

CrazyCath said...

This is a really good meme - you've told me a lot I didn't know in there! Thanks.

Mother of Invention said...

Interesting as I never knew any of this! Did you actually know some of this or did you Google?

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oh that was cool Akela, really good. :D

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