Saturday, February 8

BEATLEMANIA Hits America, February 1964

“America, America, America! Now if I can just get America, I’ve got the fucking world.”
                                                                                                John Lennon, December 1963.

Don't gain the world and lose your soul

Beatlemania hit the United States with the arrival of The Beatles on February 7, 1964, but it had been building in Great Britain for 3 years previous. The origin of Beatlemania can be traced back to a single night performance when the Beatles played the Litherland Town Hall on Tuesday, December 27, 1960. Pete Best was drumming for The Beatles and remembers the Litherland performance as an explosion in the fortunes of the Beatles. “We were playing for dancing in a hall that could accommodate some 1500 on the dance floor at one time, but they stopped dancing when we played and surged forward in a crowd to be nearer to us, to watch every moment and above all to scream. People didn’t go to a dance to scream: this was news.” (Pete Best, Beatle – The Pete Best Story, page 82).

Mark Lewisohn described the crowd response in his book The Complete Beatles Chronicles.

“As the curtains shuffled open and Paul launched himself into Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’, everyone suddenly and spontaneously crushed forward to the front of the stage, swept away by the group’s sheer magnetism.” The Beatles “were an absolute powerhouse, creating an inexplicable and unprecedented frenzy among the spellbound teenagers.”

It happened before any single hit record or before wide national attention but it was said that following this single night The Beatles never looked back.

The magnetism and unprecedented frenzy among spellbound teenagers in 1960 came to define Beatlemania. Audiences were described spellbound, transfixed, hypnotized, and in ecstasy in their presence. Everywhere they traveled they created bedlam, chaos, hysteria, frenzy and mania. What started in a small club in Liverpool in December of 1960, Beatlemania covered the entire United Kingdom by December of 1963.

John and The Beatles had the attention of all of Great Britain. They were receiving national coverage on BBC radio and television, so much so, the Brit’s began calling the BBC ‘Beatles Broadcasting Company’. Interviews with the band were held before and after every concert and the news footage from the scene was always the same; screaming crowds of Beatlemaniacs besieging the Beatles entering the theater, on stage and exiting the building.

John viewed all the British success as local attention and inadequate. Liverpool, London or all of Great Britain weren’t enough for John – he wanted the entire world.

After The Beatles’ Liverpool, Empire Theater concert in December of 1963, John called his friend Pete Shotton and asked him to meet him at his Aunt Mimi’s house. When Pete arrived he found John had left to his Aunt Harrie’s house. It was there he found John with his back turned, digging through a cabinet of his personal belongings, collecting some old books and papers he said he wanted to take with him to London.

Pete said that evening John talked excessively about his desire for riches and world fame and his desire to become legend. He talked about the recent success of his band, the ‘screaming mobs’, the ‘getaway limousines’ and celebrities they were meeting. He talked about the girls he was screwing in the dressing rooms and how at each concert their road manager Mal Evans would select the ‘most ravishing ticket holders’. It was a small taste of the things John desired most. Pete said John went on and on about America. “America, America, America, he repeated again and again, like an incantation. Now if I can just get America, I’ve got the fucking world.” (Pete Shotton, In My Life, page 78).

Pete specifically describes John’s words as an ‘incantation’, a formula used in ritual recitation, verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. John was calling upon the same powers that brought him success in Great Britain to assist him in his quest for world fame. A pact with the devil makes one the magician and sorcerer and it is the cornerstone from which all magic operations depends; it is important that every time the magician desires anything by means of their pact, they must expressly or implicitly call to Satan, and according to the agreement made between them, the Devil shall intervene and secretly work to fulfill their desires. In just a couple weeks John’s invocation would be answered.

On Friday, January 17, The Beatles were informed that ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had hit the number one spot on the US Music charts. Overnight, the single jumped from 45 to number 1 on the charts. In just a couple days ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ sold 250,000 copies in America, and within a few weeks sales soared to over one million. In New York City alone it was reported that 10,000 copies were being sold an hour. When the album ‘Meet The Beatles’ went on sale in the US on 20 January, it sold 750,000 copies in the first week of its release. By the middle of March 1964, 3.65 million copies were sold.

All of this was mysteriously happening at a time when months earlier Brian Epstein scheduled the Beatles to visit America in early February of 1964. The Beatles could never have planned such a timely visit to the US. The strange occurrence of having a number one record on the American charts mere days before their first US visit even caused the Beatles themselves to wonder (Beatles Anthology):

Paul: “ ‘From Me To You’ was released – a flop in America. ‘She Loves You’ – a big hit in England – big #1 in England – a flop in the USA. ‘Please Please Me’ released over there – flop. Nothing until ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.”

Ringo: “Things used to fall right for us as a band. We couldn’t stop it. The gods were on our side.”

George: “All these forces started working so that when we landed in the US the record was number one. We were booked five months ahead and you can’t plan that kind of thing. We got off the plane and it was just like being at home, millions of kids again.” 

John: “It was just out of the dark. That’s the truth: it was so out of the dark, we were knocked out.”

Brian Epstein: “We knew that America would make us or break us as world stars. In fact she made us.”

Was it a string of lucky breaks, a perfect storm of circumstances and coincidences that took The Beatles from obscurity to phenomenal worldwide success?

Beatlemania started in Liverpool on Tuesday, December 27, 1960 and reached its peak in New York City at Shea Stadium on Sunday, August 15, 1965. On that day, in John’s own words, “I saw the top of the mountain.” Had John Lennon entered into a 20 year pact with the devil in 1960 for wealth and world fame, to become bigger than Elvis Presley, to become legend, by 1965 all of his desires were met. But entering into a pact with the devil is a reciprocal agreement. The devil will provide the pact signer all their desires but they will owe their soul to the devil when the term of their contract ran out. A 20 year pact that started in December of 1960 ended in December of 1980 with John’s violent death.

Sunday, January 26

The Beatles in NYC’s Central Park on February 8, 1964 and the Dakota Apartments

A Notable Early Beatles’ Death Clue

The Beatles first arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964. They were staying at the Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue in Central Park South. On Saturday, February 8, they were taken into New York City’s Central Park on a photo shoot. A number of photographs took on that day show The Beatles in Central Park West around the area of The Lake with the Dakota Apartments displayed prominently behind them, and the area of Central Park now known as Strawberry Fields (the red dot marks the location of the Dakota Apartment).

The stars aligned for The Beatles following their February visit to the United States and the massive worldwide success that followed. The stars may have also aligned for John Lennon in a subtle way showing the site of his violent death in 1980.


John Lennon moved into the Dakota Apartments in April of 1973 and it would be the site of his murder exactly 16 years, 10 months after these photographs were taken (from Saturday, February 8, 1964 to Monday, December 8, 1980).

Another photograph (by Bill Eppridge)

Tuesday, July 16

John Lennon, The Imagine Album and Rosemary’s Baby

Did John Lennon make reference to the movie Rosemary’s Baby on the cover of the Imagine album?

Released in 1971, the Imagine album was John’s second solo album and contains the song that is considered his signature work, Imagine. The song Imagine is his most popular solo compositions and one of his most controversial.  On his official website ( the song is described as “a call to idealism that has provided solace and inspiration at every moment of social and humanitarian crisis since it was written.” Many consider Imagine an anthem for world peace and justice, a utopian song. But there are just as many people who consider it an anthem of subversion, a dystopian nightmare. To imagine a world with no heaven or hell and religion is blasphemy and the worship of false idols.
Album covers have been used in the past to convey messages and The Beatles’ are no stranger to that! Over the course of music history no albums have been the subject of more interpretation and decoding than Beatle albums. In the 1960’s fans began to notice death clues on Beatles’ albums and messages of death in Beatles songs. The death clues of The Beatles became a phenomenon that continues to the present day. In the search for death clues fans slow down and speed up their music, play songs in reverse, analyze lyrics for meaning, album covers are examined in great detail, viewed through mirrors, read upside down and backwards, words are searched for anagrams, all in the search for clues foretelling the death of a Beatle.

Music and art go hand in hand and it’s said you can judge a book by its cover. The Imagine album jacket is the simplest design with only two pictures of John, one picture on the front cover and one on the back and three words – Imagine John Lennon. But the simple can sometimes have complicated meaning. A few years ago, claumusic33 from Argentina posted a YouTube video titled john lennon prophecy. The video is only 19 seconds, a little blurry, but its message is clear.

The author links the picture of John on the back cover of the Imagine album with the advertisement photo of Mia Farrow (Rosemary) used in the Roman Polanski movie Rosemary’s Baby.  When I first viewed the video I thought it was curious and believed it to be true. John was making a reference to Rosemary’s Baby. But like many of the messages the Beatles’ were sending out this one appeared veiled.  The picture of John on the back cover facing upwards is suggestive of Rosemary’s Baby but cryptic at best.  What’s not so clear in the video is the style of lettering used on both the Imagine album and in the promotion of the movie Rosemary’s Baby. When you look closely at the lettering, if you read the fine print, it all comes into focus.

John was making a reference to the movie Rosemary’s Baby. The movie was released on June 12, 1968. It is a story about the occult and Satanism and raises the question should one make a deal with the devil in order to reach life’s goals. The backdrop for the movie was the Dakota Apartment building in NYC. John would move into the Dakota Apartments in April of 1973 and it was the place of his murder in 1980.
The date John chose to release the Imagine album fits well with the jacket design, September 9, 1971. John had very good knowledge of the occult and numerology. He was obsessed with the number 9 and believed it held special meaning throughout his life. September is the 9th month, on the 9th day, in the year 1971 (1 + 9 + 7 + 1 = 18 = 9). The number 9 holds powerful significance and symbolism in the occult where the power of words and numbers are amplified in reversing, mirroring and inverting them. When the number 9 is turned upside down you get the number 6, the number of the beast (666) in the Bible’s book of Revelations. September 9, 1971 = 999 inverted to 666. It was also the 252nd (9) day of the year.
The messages John was sending out with the Imagine album is a perfect storm of clues (or for those who don’t believe, a super coincidence). In 1971, Rolling Stone Magazine called the Imagine album, John’s self-portrait. Had John used the Imagine album to portray an image of self and reveal personal secrets the message is clear. His reference to Rosemary’s Baby on the album jacket (a movie about the occult and Satanism and a man making a deal with the devil), the album release date of September 9, 1971 (in numerology 999 becomes 666), and his anthem in the song Imagine of imagining a world with no heaven or hell and no religion, a song John admitted was anti-religious. It was all intentional. The bigger question is why would John use such symbolism on the Imagine album? Who was he sending a message to and why? The answer to both these questions may be Paul McCartney and the Ram album. To answer the question we have to look and see what messages and symbolism Paul used on the Ram album to evoke a response from John. There may have been more messages being sent back and forth by Paul and John than either would admit. The design of the Imagine album, the release date, as well as the song Imagine may have all been a response to Paul and the Ram album.

Saturday, December 8

Revelations to December 8 in the John Lennon composition Revolution 9

The song ‘Revolution 9’ on The Beatles White Album stands largely symbolic of the backwardness and hidden messages found in Beatles’ material. Revolution 9 was the spark that ignited the death clues of The Beatles. Written by John Lennon and recorded in June of 1968, John said Revolution 9 was “an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens.” What’s heard in Revolution 9 both forward and backwards is a revelation to what occurred on the evening of December 8, 1980. A detailed analysis of Revolution 9 can be found in book The Lennon Prophecy but here are a few highlights and interpretations:

The piece opens with a monotone voice repeatedly saying ‘number nine’. It is the motif for the composition.

Thursday, November 15

The Beatles, God and The Bible

I’m looking forward to reading a new book titled The Beatles, God and The Bible by Ray Comfort, set for release on December 18, 2012. You can preorder an autographed copy at WND website and it’s available on Amazon.

The Devil's Harmony

“One day, by one means or another we’ll have a record in the charts. If we have to be bent or con people, then that’s what we’ll have to do to get there. It doesn’t matter what it takes to get to the top. It might cause some heartache, but once I’m up there it’ll be a different kettle of fish,” John Lennon

Is John Lennon A Modern Day Dr. Faustus?

In 1960, at the age of 20, John Lennon was disillusioned with a life of despair and disappointment where he was abandoned by his father and stricken with the death of his mother, his bands two failed tours in 1960 left him feeling alone and hopeless. In December of 1960 Ray Coleman described him as penniless but his drive to become bigger than Elvis Presley was unwavering. John desired to become a teen-age rock and roll idol. In 1960 at the age of 20 he knew that his teen-age years were rapidly passing him by. He yearned for fame and fortune. He wanted to become bigger than Elvis Presley. He wanted to become legend. In his

Saturday, April 21

Many Paul-Is-Dead Clues don’t add up

If we look at the clues referring to the death of Paul and his replacement in the band, there are many that don't come together in a way that makes sense.

A history of the Paul-Is-Dead rumor can be found in the book Turn Me on Dead Man by Andru J. Reeve. In the book Reeve’s raises a number of questions.

Was it just, “The most stupendous and elaborate hoax in the history of the world.”

Messages of morbid ‘clues’ of death splashed over Beatles’ LP’s. Should we look at these clues a little harder?

Either Paul is dead or something is going to happen. Why would fans expend so much time and energy, obsessively searching for death clues?

The question remains, what are the albums saying? Why have the Beatles had this fetish about death and accidents?

Many (most) of the clues can be interpreted just as easily as chance happenings. But when taken together in their totality, they insinuate the death of only one Beatle.

Thursday, April 5

Radio Station KLUE 1280 AM

Was this an early Beatle Death CLUE from 1966? I don't know, but it is an interesting story nonetheless because people did LINK the Beatle Burning with the lightning strike. There must have been a reason why.

KLUE held their ‘burn the Beatles’ campaign on the radio stations grounds on Friday evening August 12th.

On Saturday morning, August 13, Radio KLUE was taken off the air when a lightning bolt hit their transmission tower, knocking their news director unconscious and destroying much of their electronic equipment.

The radio station call letters were KLUE as in CLUE

The station was number 1280 on the AM dial. 1280 as in 12/80 or December 1980.

KLUE 1280 = CLUE December 1980, and of course John Lennon.

The Longview newspaper said:
"Phil Ransom, news director, was knocked unconscious when the lightning coursed into the (KLUE) building and was rushed to Good Shepherd Hospital … Ransom regained consciousness shortly afterward and was believed in good condition, although he was being held for observation Saturday evening." A KLUE spokesman said the lightning "caused extensive damage to radio equipment."
It was Phil Ransom who said a book by Lennon, “A Spaniard in the Works,” contains “anti-Christian comments that would make the godless Russian leaders blush.”

Sunday, March 25

'Holy War' on against Beatles 1966

On Friday, March 4, 1966, John Lennon’s statement “we’re more popular than Jesus now” was published in the London Evening Standard by Maureen Cleave under the title ‘How Does a Beatle Live’. The article drew little attention in Britain, but when part of the interview was published in the US Magazine Datebook on July 29, 1966 it set off a wave of protest in the Southern US Bible Belt that eventually spread around the US. Here are a few newspaper articles from 1966 and the fallout from John’s ‘we’re more popular than Jesus’ statement: see at