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The story behind The Beatles’ two German singles

The story behind The Beatles’ two German singles

The story behind The Beatles’ two German singles
February 28
08:21 2022

It’s hard to imagine a time when The Beatles didn’t assert complete artistic control over their work. But before Beatlemania truly spread across the world, the Fab Four were still subject to the whims of the global music industry. If it seemed like they could get an edge in somehow, Brian Epstein was willing to pitch just about anything to the band. That included singing in a foreign language.

The Beatles have a special connection with Germany. In their nascent days as teenage performers, all four members had slub residencies in Hamburg – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison with the Beatles and Ringo Starr with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. A brief bit of German was learned in order to get what they needed, like beer and uppers, but none of the members actually became fluent in the language in the short time they were in the country.

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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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