The Beatles – One of the Biggest Mistakes in Music History

The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein made numerous trips to London to visit record companies with the hope of securing a record contract but was rejected by many.
The Beatles
On 1 January 1962, before they reached international stardom, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, north London. In what is considered one of the biggest mistakes in music industry history, Decca rejected the band, selecting instead Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.  After being available only on “bootleg” recordings, some of the songs recorded for the audition were officially released on the Beatles rarities compilation Anthology 1 in 1995.

 Master tape of The Beatles
The Beatles’ audition tape that was rejected

The original safety master tape the group recorded at Decca’s London studios was sold by auctioneers the Fame Bureau in December 2012 to a Japanese collector for £35,000. A spokesman for the auctioneers said at the time “The tape went to a Capitol Records executive after the Beatles signed with EMI. He sold it to the current owner who was one of the top buyers for Hard Rock Cafe but it was for his own personal collection.” The authenticity of the tape sold remains debatable among experts, however, as the tape of the audition contains 15 songs. The tape auctioned has only 10 songs and is on Ampex tape which was not in use in 1962. The master tape is believed to be in possession of the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd.

The order of the songs at the session was:

“Like Dreamers Do” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
“Money (That’s What I Want)” (Gordy/Bradford) (unreleased version)
“Till There Was You” (Meredith Willson) (unreleased version)
“The Sheik of Araby” (Smith/Wheeler/Snyder)
“To Know Her Is to Love Her” (Phil Spector) (unreleased version)
“Take Good Care of My Baby” (King/Goffin) (unreleased)
“Memphis, Tennessee” (Chuck Berry) (unreleased version)
“Sure to Fall (In Love with You)” (Cantrell/Claunch/Perkins) (unreleased version)
“Hello Little Girl” (Lennon/McCartney)
“Three Cool Cats” (Leiber/Stoller)
“Crying, Waiting, Hoping” (Buddy Holly) (unreleased version)
“Love of the Loved” (Lennon/McCartney) (unreleased)
“September in the Rain” (Warren/Dubin) (unreleased)
“Bésame Mucho” (Consuelo Velázquez) (unreleased version)
“Searchin'” (Leiber/Stoller)

Tito vs Stalin : The Most Badass and Coolest Line in History

Josip Broz, known as Tito, was a Second World War Yugoslavian resistance leader and charismatic Socialist President of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 to 1980.

Tito Breaks with Stalin
Josip Broz Tito fed up with Stalin sending assassins

A combination of pride, fear and jealousy had spurred Stalin to attempt to have Tito killed – and no less than 22 assassination attempts had been made in the years after the war.

Tito, tired of Stalin’s attempts to assassinate him, openly wrote: “Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won’t have to send another.” This was certainly the most badass and coolest line in History.

Ironically enough, Stalin’s death – either by natural causes or at the hands of a Tito assassin – was largely his own doing.

He ruled with such ruthlessness – executing anyone who stood in his way or defied his orders – that even his own security team was effectively paralysed with fear.

In 1955 when Nikita Khrushchev visited Belgrade, he apologised to Tito for Stalin’s assassination attempts, and congratulated him on his survival.

He said: ‘You did well in protecting yourself. You had good guards and good informants who informed you about everything Stalin was planning for you.’

Tito responded: ‘Stalin knew that I was very well guarded. After many warnings that it was enough sending assassins, he evidently got a bit scared.’

Reality is for Losers Who don’t Play Video Games

Reality! Is For Losers Who Don't Play Video Games
Reality! Is For Losers Who Don’t Play Video Games

Parents like to tell children that playing too many video games will melt their brains. Actually, surgeons in the medical community who grew up playing video games make an average of 37% fewer mistakes than their video game illiterate colleagues.