The Fab Four- Learning More

Visiting Abbey Road in London in 2005

Visiting Abbey Road in London in 2005

For the past couple weeks I’ve been doing classroom visits for the half dozen student teachers I mentor. Monday I got to sit in on a music appreciation class where one of my students is doing a unit on the Beatles.

My husband Dave crossing Abbey Road 2005

My husband Dave crossing Abbey Road 2005

Since I’m married to a Beatles expert I wasn’t expecting to learn lots that was new. But I did. I learned that Paul McCartney played a special kind of bass called a Höfner which was designed and built in Germany. Paul made the instrument famous. It is often referred to as the Beatles bass.

I learned that Ringo Starr was left handed and yet played on a drum kit set up for right handed players. This led to him creating a very distinctive sound.

 I found out about John Lennon’s glasses. John Lennon started wearing his signature round granny glasses when he played the role of Private Gripweed in the 1967 Richard Lester movie, How I Won the War.  Pairs of his glasses have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

I discovered that when his band mates weren’t taking George Harrison’s new song  While My Guitar Gently Weeps seriously enough he asked his friend Eric Clapton to come into the recording studio to play guitar for the song. Clapton did and the song became a huge hit.    One of the things I love about my job mentoring university education students is all the interesting things I learn when I visit them in the classroom. 

Other posts…..

Learning Cool Things

Oh the Things You Learn

Crossing Abbey Road


Filed under England, Music

2 responses to “The Fab Four- Learning More

  1. Ruth Tiessen

    Hi MaryLou! Enjoy reading your blog. I had to chuckle when I saw the picture of Dave crossing Abbey Road! Don’t recall the picture on the front of my album jacket looking quite like that. Too bad we never saved any of those great records from years ago. Some lucky people bought them all at yard sales .


    • Dear Ruth, We no longer have our albums either. Bucky and Alisa took them all. They have a stereo in their living room. LP’s are apparently making a big comeback. Bucky’s group released their last album both as a CD and LP. We are coming to Leamington one of these days. Will have to try and get together.


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