Beatles Are No. 1; on the Eve of the First Ever Beatles Day, Jade Wright Asked Some of the Biggest Names in the Entertainment World about Their Fave Fab Four Songs

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Beatles Are No. 1; on the Eve of the First Ever Beatles Day, Jade Wright Asked Some of the Biggest Names in the Entertainment World about Their Fave Fab Four Songs


Byline: Jade Wright

Pink

THE bad girl of pop has always cited The Beatles as a key influence.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Pink spent her early years listening to the Liverpool band.

"My favourite Beatles song is Hey Jude because I used to drive in the car with my dad and scream it from the top of my lungs - and because my mother's name was Judy, which made me scream even louder."

Meat Loaf

The mighty Meat describes himself as the world's biggest Beatle fan.

"I just can't get enough of them.

They were music to me. When I was growing up, I wanted to be them.

"I just love Blackbird. I know it's not one of the big tracks but I love the melody. It's just beautiful."

Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky keeps it simple - and local: "My favourite Beatles song of all time has to be the classic Penny Lane."

Oasis

Noel says his favourite song of all time is Ticket To Ride - somuch so that he's based all his best songs on it.

"I'd rewrite Ticket To Ride all day long if I could," he laughs.

Deacon Blue

Singer Ricky Ross knows straight away what his favourite track is: "Very easy, the last section of Abbey Road, You Never Give Me Your Money, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Polythene Pam and Golden Slumbers. It's just a fantastic sequence of music. I think that second side is my favourite piece of Beatles music."

Whitesnake

David Coverdale chooses not a track, but a whole album. "I'm a complete Beatles fan - all the songs - I loved Revolver and still do," he explains.

"If it wasn't for them I'm not sure I'd be enjoying a career in music. They grabbed the music business by and took over.

"They opened up all the doors for people like me.

"Bless their beautiful hearts - and they sang about love - what great karma to give to the world."

OMD

Andy McCluskey has an unusual choice. "My favourite Beatles song is Thank You Girl.I think it was a B side," he explains. "It was my favourite song when I was growing up.

"Blackbird is actually my favourite Beatles song," adds Paul Humphreys. "I think it's such a brilliant melody."

Andy: "Bit of a cliche but it has to be I Am The Walrus great track."

Paul: "And another one for me is Fool On The Hill."

Russell Brand

The gothic philanderer with a penchant for a Dickensian turn of phrase can't get enough of the Fab Four.

"I've got a lot of favourite Beatles songs," he explains. "I really love Lovely Rita. I really love Strawberry Fields and I love I Am The Walrus.

But recently when they did the covers of Sgt Pepper, me and the brilliant composer David Arnold did a cover of When I'm 64 and he said to me 'sing it all sad'. The original Beatles version is done so the answer to all the questions is 'yes': 'Will you still need me, will you still feed me?

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