Ticket to Ride - Yes It Is - The Beatles 45 singleAt a play time of 3:10, “Ticket to Ride” was the first Beatles song to surpass the three minute mark. It was perhaps a little risky, in the mid 1960s, to release a single more than 3 minutes long because most pop radio stations had a standard two and a half or three minute time limit per song. Radio back then was formatted to shorter “bite-sized” songs compared to today’s more open ended policy, as far as song lengths go.

The Beatles were always pushing boundaries and setting new standards and this case of disregard for the “time barrier” is an example of that.

Help! The Beatles - working title Eight Arms to Hold YouEight Arms to Hold You was one of the working titles for the Beatles’ 1965 film, Help!. It was suggested by film producer Walter Shenson. Copies of the single “Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is” and early copies of the US-released 45 single “Help!/I’m Down” are actually printed with Eight Arms to Hold You as the movie title instead of Help!.

Another working title of the Beatles’ second film was Beatles Phase II.

Kelloggs Corn Flakes inspired The Beatles' "Good Morning Good Morning"John Lennon, an avid television watcher, got the inspiration for the Beatles song “Good Morning Good Morning” from a TV commercial for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. The jingle in the commercial went: “Good morning, good morning, The best to you each morning, Sunshine Breakfast, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Crisp and full of fun”. Lennon actually liked Corn Flakes and he mentioned them in “I Am The Walrus” when he sang “Sitting on a corn flake, waiting for the van to come.”

The line in the lyrics “It’s time for tea and Meet the Wife” is in reference to the 1960’s BBC sitcom Meet the Wife, starring Freddie Frinton and Thora Hird.

“Good Morning Good Morning” was recorded in February and March 1967 and was included on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The guitar solo was played by Paul McCartney.

Cilla Black with Beatles Paul McCartney and John LennonCilla Black’s debut single was “Love of the Loved”, a Lennon-McCartney composition mainly written by Paul McCartney. Black (born Priscilla White) was contracted with manager Brian Epstein as his only female client. George Martin, who signed Cilla to Parlophone Records, produced her recording of the song. Released September 27, 1963, the single peaked at a modest number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and was not to be one of her bigger hits.

“Love of the Loved” was one of Paul McCartney’s earliest compositions and the Beatles performed it in their live act in their early years. The band recorded the song during their 1962 audition for Decca Records, but it has never been included in any of their official releases. It was even left off of 1995’s Anthology 1 (compilation CDs that covered 1958-1964), supposedly vetoed from inclusion by McCartney.