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High in the Sky in Liverpool.

June 17, 2015

Magical Mystery Tour (HQ Version)

 

It was none other than Bob Dylan who Turned-On the Beatles for the first time in 1964, at the Delmonico Hotel in New York.  Zimmy reportedly was a daily toker, and attributed some of those obscure lyrics in his songs to his expanded consciousness when high. John Lennon, always the adventurer was first to partake, and with enthusiasm encouraged his mates to join him. 

 

Is it true?  Well Rubber Soul was completely written in three weeks upon the group’s return to the U.K, so you decide.  Anyway the fragrant weed’s trail can be followed in many subsequent songs, as their music evolved from adolescent love songs to tunes like "Nowhere Man" and "Day Tripper."

 

Lest it sound like the Fab Four were at the time the only Pot-Heads in Britain, it wasn’t long after that Mick and Keith, (of that other band), were thrown in jail after a police raid caught them with the goods.  Seems funny now, but at the time it was a very serious situation. Mick said that sitting in the jail cell he could see his career and life going up in smoke.  But Big Bucks Buy Big Barristers, who can spring you within 24 hours.

 

I Am The Walrus

 

But that’s not the end of the story, by 1965 John and George had sampled LSD, and in August at their rented house in Beverly Hills, Peter Fonda and the Byrds visited with some Oxley Orange Sunshine and everyone but Paul dropped.

 

Ringo got paranoid, but everyone else had a jam session in the bathroom, deciding that, "Be Bop A Lula" was the best song in early rock and roll.  John and George continued to pressure Paul to go up, because they felt like he was no longer on the same wave-length, and eventually the cute one tripped and loved it.

 

Once again back home, the songs began to take on even more interesting and illuminating flavor, and thus begat "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band." At first listeners were a little confused, but it didn’t take long to figure it out in smoke filled Dorm rooms across the country.

 

Humorously, there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the song, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’  Some observers speculated that the LSD in the title referred to said drug,  but EMI’s P.R. folks poo-pooed that idea, saying that those fine boys would never dream of promoting such a drug, and shame on you for even thinking that.  Amazingly, the rumor went away and was buried by the success of the album, which many critics consider the peak of their career.  What do you think?

Strawberry Fields Forever

 

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