On August 13, 1966, in response to John Lennon’s “More popular than Jesus” comment, a radio station in Texas held a burning of Beatles merchandise. The next day, the broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging much of their equipment and sending the news director to the hospital.
The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.
The Beatles have sold more records than Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, Nirvana, the Beach Boys AND Kanye West combined by over 30 million units.
John Lennon once called an ’emergency board meeting’ of the Beatles in order to inform his bandmates that he’d realized, while tripping on acid, that he was the second coming of Jesus.
The Beatles played a demo copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” before its release at full volume from an open apartment window at 6AM. Instead of complaining, the residents opened their windows and listened, aware they were hearing unreleased Beatles music.
In Soviet Russia, due to strict censorship of music, there was a black market for Beatles records that had been etched onto used x-ray film. Some would sell for an entire month’s salary. The records earned the name “music on the bones.”
There is a man who claims to have traveled to an alternate dimension in which The Beatles never broke up and brought back a mix tape of Beatles songs no one in this dimension has ever heard.
In 1964, during their first American tour, The Beatles refused to play their scheduled concert in Jacksonville until the audience was desegregated.
The Beatles literally stopped touring because their music could not be amplified loud enough to compete with screaming crowd noise, even with custom, purpose-built amplifiers.
In 1978, Apple Corps, founded by The Beatles, sued Apple Computer for trademark infringement. Apple Corps won, and Apple Computer agreed to not enter the music business as part of the settlement.