ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"When I'm Sixty-four": A Tribute To The Beatles Forty-Plus Years Later

Updated on April 18, 2022
janiek13 profile image

Mary has been an ardent Beatles fan for over 50 years. She owns a moderate collection of Beatles memorabilia and once saw a Beatles concert.

They Were So Young

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Meet the Beatles Phenom

The Beatles

The Beatles, the most prolific band ever to inundate the airwaves, still enjoy an enormous fan base, even though two of their members have passed on. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr met as teens between the late fifties and early sixties in Liverpool, England, not knowing that history would be made. John Lennon passed away in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001. While the Beatles haven't exactly been forgotten in the last forty years, it appears that their popularity has increased of late with the release of Beatles Rock Band, a video game that appeared on the heels of Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero allows the player to play along with different rock musicians while Rock Band allows a whole group to play the individual instruments. The Beatles version of Rock Band is fresh in that it takes the player through the band's whole career, from the early years to the height of the Beatles craze. Even though the band was only together for seven years, from 1962 to 1969, their music lives on. When the band broke up, the Liverpool boys didn't just sit on their laurels, they each went on to a successful solo career.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Paul, John, George, and Ringo

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on June 18th, 1942. He and John Lennon were the genius behind most of their original songs, although George and Ringo also contributed at times. After the Beatles broke up, Paul went on to form the band "Wings" with his wife Linda. He has played in many venues through the years and, more recently, he is set to release, on November 17th, the CD/DVD combo "Good Evening New York City" where he gave a landmark performance to celebrate the christening of New York's Citi Field.

John Lennon was born October 9th, 1940 and he was killed December 8th, 1980 at forty years of age. He was in his creative prime and was, in fact, coming home from his studio when he was shot. Even after his death, new music has been released and both of his sons are musicians. John was a pacifist and was famous for his peaceful protests and sit-ins. A double CD set titled, "Working Class Hero" was released on October 4th to celebrate the 65th anniversary of his birth. This set features over two hours of music with 38 tracks.

George Harrison, the youngest Beatle, died November 29th, 2001. He and Ringo Starr both had successful solo careers, although they were not as popular as Paul and John. Ringo has been slated to receive a star on the Walk Of Fame in 2010, and George's website still raises money for those less fortunate. Each Beatle had a special quality about them, so it stands to reason that when they came together it would be legendary. Apple, along with EMI, are planning to release a limited edition apple shaped Beatles stereo USB Apples. Only 30,000 will be distributed worldwide.

Source: The Beatles Unseen Archives, Hill,Tim and Clayton, Marie, Parragon Publishing, UK, 2006

My Life

I love the Beatles not only because of their musical and songwriting ability, but also because they are linked to many fond memories of my brother. I was introduced to the Beatles by my brother at a very young age and from then on, music was our connection. He was the one who woke me up to tell me of John Lennon's death and it was he who left me his Beatles memorabilia after his own death. To me, they are one and the same. To this day, If I hear a Beatles song, I cry.

In My Life

© 2009 Mary Krenz


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)