Did You Know: “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles

Today on ‘Tickets @ 2’ it’s a Beatles number one, “Hello, Goodbye.”

Paul McCartney wrote it as a demonstration to his friend Alistair Taylor, who was visiting Paul, and asked how he wrote his many songs, and how he came up with ideas.

Paul took him into his dining room to give him an example on his hand-carved harmonium. As an experiment, Paul asked Taylor to shout out the opposite of whatever he sang, such as black and white, yes and no, hello and goodbye. From this, the song was born.

John Lennon hated the song. He viewed it as inconsequential. What further infuriated Lennon was his “I Am The Walrus,” was issued as the B-side to McCartney’s A-side “Hello, Goodbye.”

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #13 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see Three Dog Night, along with The Grassroots, July 19th at the Pacific Amphitheatre.


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