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The Beatles Are Coming!

Fun Facts About the Fab Four

Imagine, The Beatles backed by a full symphony. Sinfonia Gulf Coast “redefines” the symphony experience once again with Classical Mystery Tour on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Church in Destin. The nation’s most celebrated Beatles tribute band will take the stage accompanied by the full Sinfonia Gulf Coast orchestra with Sinfonia Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller conducting more than two dozen of your favorite Beatles’ songs from the sensational ‘60s.

The Beatles were one of the most influential acts in 20th century popular music. While everyone knows their hits, here are some facts you may not know about the Fab Four.

The Beatles got the idea for their name from Buddy Holly and The Crickets. The band liked the idea of using the name of an insect as a band name, and they were fans of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Because John Lennon loved puns, he altered the spelling of “Beetles” to “Beatles.”

The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records who told manager Brian Epstein that guitar groups were on the way out. Ultimately, EMI took a chance on the Beatles and the rest as they say is history.

Following the success of Please Please Me as a single, the record company wanted a full album as soon as possible. So, George Martin capitalized on the wild, live energy the Beatles perfected in Hamburg and recorded the entire Please Please Me LP in less than 13 hours — saving Twist and Shout for last so the taxing vocals wouldn't ruin Lennon's voice before the other songs were done.

The lyrics, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be," led many to assume McCartney was referring to the spiritual strength found in the Virgin Mary. However, he was actually referring to his own mother, Mary McCartney, who died of breast cancer when he was a teen.

What’s your favorite Beatle’s song? These Beatle’s tunes all were No. 1 on the charts:

Hey Jude

Come Together

I Want to Hold Your Hand

She Loves You

Let it Be

Love Me Do


A Hard Day's Night

In 2010, the Vatican released their official list of the top 10 pop albums of all time, and placed the Beatles' 1966 album, Revolver, at the number one spot. How divine.

Channel your inner groupie by purchasing tickets to Classical Mystery Tour online at

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