Friday, 22 June 2012
The Story of Strawberry Fields Forever
Strawberry Fields Forever is by many considered one of the greatest rock/pop songs ever, and proof that The Beatles had reached an enormously high creative level in 1967.
The story behind the song is just as rich and amazing as the tune itself.
The song was written by John Lennon (although credited as usual to Lennon-McCartney) and was inspired by John's memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house near his childhood home of his aunt Mimi's (better known as Mendips on Menlove Avenue).
> A < marks the spot where John Lennon grew up, and the red rectangle is Strawberry Fields.
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was intended for inclusion on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (and the first song recorded for it) but in the end it was released as a double A-side together with Paul McCartney's other Liverpool song "Penny Lane").
John first started working on the song when he was shooting a movie called "How I Won the War" in Almeria, Spain and the working title was "It's Not Too Bad"
The Beatles recorded 3 distinct versions of the song, and George Martin managed to combine two of the best versions by using the beginning of one part and editing the second part of the other into it.