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drug was said to give them ideas for their music. Many people believe the “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was about LSD, but this has been adamantly denied by all four Beatles. They did use acid frequently, and one of their employees recalls, “one of the most bizarre scenes I have ever witnessed. There, in front of the television set, were the highest paid pop group in the world and their manager, bowing down and salaaming, chanting and dancing with one another.” (Schaffner, 76). Vice President Spiro Agnew was so upset with the Beatles experiments and references to drugs that he proposed a ban of “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” from American radio. Once the Beatles became very interested in the Maharishi’s teachings, they stopped taking LSD (Schaffner, 84-87). Eventually the Beatles created a record label. They called it Apple Records and all their future music was produced for this label. This soon became Paul’s project, and John became preoccupied with Yoko Ono. John soon became bored with his current wife Cynthia, and with the Beatles. John was divorced in 1968, and married Yoko on March 20. This began the end of the Beatles (Lewisohn, 120). Paul McCartney quit the Beatles on April 9, 1970. John and Paul were not getting along in their song writing partnership, and it was time to call it quits. Their last full length album was “Abbey Road.” Paul went on to create a solo album called “McCartney,” which fared rather badly. John and Yoko had begun the Plastic Ono Band. Soon Paul created Wings, a group with his wife Linda along with others. All four former Beatles continued musical careers, and were very sucessful in life. John Lennon was shot and killed by a crazed fan, Mark David Chapman. This occured on December 8, 1980. He was pronounced dead at 11:07 pm. He was cremated on December 10 at Hartsdale Crematorium in New York (Adams, 253). The other three Beatles are still alive, although Paul’s beloved wife and partner in the animal rights crusade, Linda, died in 1998. The Beatles impact has not ceased, and this is proven by the Beatles continued record sales. on September 14, 1999, Yellow Submarine video, CD, and DVD (including the making of the movie) was released. They won three Grammys for their anthology on February 26, 1997, and also a Grammy for the song released after John’s death, “Free As a Bird.” Altogether throughout their career, the Beatles won 13 Grammys. On September 17, 1999, the television program “20/20″ aired the video for “Hey Bulldog” filmed in February of 1968 (McKinney). People still remember the Beatles, buy their albums, and randomly hum the tune of “Hey Jude” or “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Even children born decades after the Beatles peak of popularity own their CDs or listen to their parents’ old records. The magnificence of the Beatles will still be remembered for many years to come. Bibliography List of Dowlding, William J. Beatle Songs. Pennsylvania: Simon & Schuster, 1989. Lewisohn, Mark. The Complete Beatles Chronicle. Connecticut: Harmony Books, 1992. Miles, Barry. The Beatles: A diary. New York: Omnibus Press, 1998. Schaffner, Nicholas. The Beatles Forever. Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1977. Wiener, Allen J. The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide. New York: Bob Adams, Inc., 1994.