Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on November 24th of 1966 The Beatles begin recording sessions for the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” LP by laying down tracks for “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The song however, doesn’t make the 1967 album, but would appear the following year on “Magical Mystery Tour”. Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army home in Liverpool where John Lennon used to go. He had fond memories of the place that inspired this. In 1984, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono donated $375,000 to the home. John’s aunt Mimi did not like John going to Strawberry Fields, as it was basically an orphanage and she thought they would lead John astray. John liked going there because having lost his father and later his mother he felt a kinship to the lads. When John and his aunt would argue about his going he would often reply, “What are they going to do, hang me?” Thus the line “Nothing to get hung about.” In America, to be “hung up” is to worry about something, so many US listeners thought the line meant that it was nothing to get “hung up about.” A distorted voice at the end sounds like “I buried Paul,” which fueled rumors that Paul McCartney was dead. The voice is actually Lennon saying, “Cranberry sauce. John donated money to Strawberry Fields before his death. One of its buildings is named “Lennon Hall. This was released as the flip side of “Penny Lane.” The Beatles often released singles that contained a song written by Lennon on one side, and a song written by McCartney on the other. Which single was considered the A-side was sometimes a point of contention. This was the first Beatles single to break their long-running streak of #1 hits in the UK. If they had not released it with “Penny Lane,” they would have beaten the existing #1 by a large margin, but stores recorded sales for one side of the single or the other, which hurt the chart position for this song. There is a memorial to Lennon in Central Park called “Strawberry Fields.” It is located across from The Dakota, the building in New York City where Lennon lived.