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The Beatles song that brought in the “middle classes”

The Beatles song that brought in the “middle classes”

The Beatles song that brought in the “middle classes”
January 27
09:57 2022

The Beatles were working-class boys. Cut from the same cloth as millions of England’s citizens brought up at the end of World War II, the Liverpool lads weren’t posh or pretentious. Their upbringings were modest, and their initial desires were to simply pocket a bit of cash before it inevitably fell apart, as all bands in those days did.

But as they experienced meteoric success unlike any act before them, The Beatles began adjusting their focus. John Lennon, in particular, was keen on promoting themselves as intellectuals, rather than witless pop stars. Both Lennon and Paul McCartney were proud of their voracious reading habits, and wanted to show off a bit on their songs to show that they were more than just ruffians.

According to McCartney, the first opportunity came on the band’s single ‘Please Please Me’. “I was doing literature at school, so I was interested in plays on words and onomatopoeia,” McCartney is quoted as saying in Barry Miles’ Many Years From Now. “John didn’t do literature but he was quite well read, so he was interested in that kind of thing. Like the double meaning of ‘please’ in a line like ‘Please, lend a little ear to my pleas’ that we used in ‘Please Please Me’. We’d spot the double meaning.”

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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