Should have known better

September 24, 2009

While I was delighted to see my academic speciality, the Beatles, featured in Gary Day's column (17 September), I was less impressed with the factual errors the column contained.

It was George Harrison, not John Lennon, who made the comment about George Martin's tie; Ringo was the Beatle who learnt to play chess during the Sgt. Pepper sessions; and while the final words to The End would have made a fitting coda to the Abbey Road album and the career of the Beatles, the final track is actually Her Majesty, which finishes with the words: "Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, someday I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah, someday I'm going to make her mine." Slightly less noble sentiments, perhaps, but as the band sang on the B-side to the 1965 single Ticket to Ride: "Yes it is, it's true."

Iain Haysom, Bath Spa University.

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