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#askNat – concerning names/characters mentioned in Beatles songs

Hello again everyone! It’s time for another #askNat. I never really know what kind of question I’m going to get for these and that is one of the things that keeps it interesting. Often it will delve into a really cool segment of Beatles history, but sometimes it’s a little ‘lighter’ than that and more about simply the lore of the music itself. Those are often jut as fun and can add to the enjoyment of listening to The Beatles. This week’s question is one of those. It comes from Stacey- though I didn’t catch where she was from, this time. Anyway, this is her question:

I am wondering what names have been used in Beatles songs (ie. “Martha,” “Billy Shears,” “Dr. Robert,” etc.). I ask this question selfishly because I’ve decided to name any pet I acquire from now on a name used in a Beatles song.

Thanks!

Nice question! This makes me wonder how many reading have pets with Beatle-names? Okay, hands up everyone! I’m betting it’s a lot. I have to admit that I have one. Anyway, I’ve put together a list of fictional and non-fictional characters in Beatles songs, but no guarantees that I got them all. If you see any I missed I’m hoping you’ll add them in the comments section below.

 

Happy Nat's Book of Beatles Names

Happy Nat’s Book of Beatles Names

 

  1. Anna (from the song “Anna”)
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven (as ‘Beethoven’) (from the song “Roll Over Beethoven”)
  3. Bonnie (from the song “My Bonnie”)
  4. Georgia Brown (from the song “Sweet Georgia Brown”)
  5. Peter Brown (from the song “The Ballad Of John & Yoko”)
  6. Bungalow Bill (from the song “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill”)
  7. Matt Busby (from the song “Dig It”)
  8. Carol (from the song “Carol”)
  9. Chuck (from the song “When I’m Sixty-Four”)
  10. Clarabella (from the song “Clarabella”)
  11. Cupid (from the song “That’ll Be The Day”)
  12. Daniel (or Dan or Danny Boy – from the song “Rocky Raccoon”)
  13. Dave (from the song “When I’m Sixty-Four”)
  14. The Doctor (from the song “Rocky Raccoon”)
  15. Doris (from the song “Two Of Us”)
  16. Doris Day (from the song “Dig It”)
  17. Bob Dylan (as ‘Dylan’) (from the song “Yer Blues”)
  18. Maxwell Edison (from the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
  19. The Eggman/The Eggmen (from the song “I Am The Walrus”)
  20. Pablo Fanque (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  21. Sweet Loretta Fart (from the song “Get Back” (Let It Be LP version))
  22. The Fool (from the song “Fool On The Hill and “Glass Onion”)
  23. Gideon (from the song “Rocky Raccoon” – perhaps not used as person but religious group)
  24. Johnny B. Goode (from the song “Johnny B. Goode”)
  25. George Harrison (from the song “Honey Don’t” and “Revolution 9″)
  26. Guru Dev (from the song “Across The Universe”)
  27. Charles Hawtrey (from the song “Two Of Us”)
  28. Edward Heath (from the song “Taxman”)
  29. The Hendersons (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  30. Her Majesty (from the song “Her Majesty”)
  31. Henry The Horse (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  32. Honey Pie (from the song “Honey Pie”)
  33. Frere Jacques (from the song “Paperback Writer”)
  34. Elmore James (from the song “For You Blue”)
  35. Mary Jane (from the song “What’s The New Mary Jane”)
  36. Joan (from the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
  37. Uncle John (from the song “Long Tall Sally”)
  38. Jojo (from the song “Get Back”)
  39. Desmond Jones (from the song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da)
  40. Molly Jones (from the song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”)
  41. Mr. Jones (from the song “Yer Blues” which is a reference from “Ballad Of A Thin Man” by Bob Dylan)
  42. Junior (from the song “Bad Boy”)
  43. B.B. King (from the song “Dig It”)
  44. Duchess of Kircaldy (from the song “Cry Baby Cry”)
  45. The Duke (of Kircaldy) (from the song “Cry Baby Cry”)
  46. Mr. Kite (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  47. Lear (very likely ‘Edward’) (from the song “Paperback Writer”)
  48. John Lennon (as himself) (from the song “The Ballad Of John & Yoko”)
  49. Julia Lennon (as ‘Julia’) (from the song “Julia”)
  50. Julian Lennon (as ‘Jude’) (from the song “Hey Jude”)
  51. Miss Lizzy (from the song “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”)
  52. Lucille (from the song “Lucille”)
  53. Lucy (from the song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Am The Walrus”)
  54. Lady Madonna (from the song “Lady Madonna”and “Fixing A Hole”)
  55. Long Tall Sally (from the song “Long Tall Sally”)
  56. Maggie Mae (from the song “Maggie Mae”)
  57. Chairman Mao (from the song “Revolution” and “Revolution 1″)
  58. Marie (from the song “Memphis, Tennessee”)
  59. King Of Marigold (from the song “Cry Baby Cry”)
  60. Martha (from the song “Martha My Dear”)
  61. Loretta Martin (from the song “Get Back”)
  62. Captain Marvel (from the song “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill”)
  63. Aunt Mary (from the song “Long Tall Sally”)
  64. Mary McCartney (as ‘Mother Mary’) (from the song “Let It Be”)
  65. Paul McCartney (as ‘Paul’) (from the song “Glass Onion”)
  66. Father McKenzie (from the song “Eleanor Rigby”)
  67. Michelle (from the song “Michelle”)
  68. Mr. Henderson/aka Mr. “H” (and The Hendersons) (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  69. Mr. Kite (from the song “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”)
  70. Lucille (from the song “Lucille”)
  71. Mr. Moonlight (from the song “Mr. Moonlight”)
  72. Mr. Mustard (from the song “Mean Mr. Mustard”)
  73. Nancy (a.k.a. McGill or Lil) (from the song “Rocky Raccoon”)
  74. Nowhere Man (from the song “Nowhere Man”)
  75. Dennis O’Dell (from the song “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)”)
  76. Old Flat-top (from the song “Come Together”)
  77. Yoko Ono (as ‘Ocean Child’) (from the song “Julia”) or (as ‘she’) (from the song “The Ballad Of John & Yoko”)
  78. Suzy Parker (from “Suzy Parker (aka “Suzy’s Parlour” from the film Let It Be))
  79. PC 31 (a numbered police constable) (from the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
  80. Mr. Postman (from the song “Please Mr. Postman”)
  81. Sadie (from the song “Sexy Sadie”)
  82. Sergeant Pepper (from the song “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”)
  83. Semolina Pilchard (from the song “I Am The Walrus”)
  84. Edgar Allan Poe (from the song “I Am The Walrus”)
  85. Polythene Pam (from the song “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam”)
  86. Prudence Farrow (as ‘Prudence’) (from the song “Dear Prudence”)
  87. The Queen (from the song “Mean Mr. Mustard”)
  88. Sir Walter Raleigh (from the song “I’m So Tired”)
  89. Eleanor Rigby (from the song “Eleanor Rigby”)
  90. Rita (from the song “Lovely Rita”)
  91. Dr. Robert (from the song “Dr. Robert”)
  92. Rocky Raccoon (from the song “Rocky Raccoon”)
  93. Rose (from the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
  94. Sally (from the song “Long Tall Sally”)
  95. Sexy Sadie (from the song “Sexy Sadie”)
  96. Billy Shears (from the song “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “With A Little Help From My Friends”)
  97. Sheik Of Araby (from the song “Sheik Of Araby”)
  98. Maureen Starkey (as ‘Mo’) (from the song “Get Back” – LP version)
  99. Ringo Starr (from the song “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number),” “Matchbox” and “Honey Don’t”)
  100. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (from the song “Roll Over Beethoven”)
  101. Valerie (from the song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
  102. Vera (from the song “When I’m Sixty-Four”)
  103. The Walrus (from the song “I Am The Walrus”)
  104. Harold Wilson (from the song “Taxman”)
  105. Georgie Wood (from the song “Dig It”)

Note: A few not included would be unnamed characters such as “she,” “father,” “mother” and “man from the motor trade” in “She’s Leaving Home” or people that you might argue are alluded to, but not named, such as Timothy Leary in “Come Together” or Tara Browne in “A Day In The Life.”

Well, there’s my list Stacey. Thanks for joining me this week for #askNat. If anyone reading sees anything I’ve missed, use the comments section below to let me know and I’ll add it to the list.


Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions! Keep #askNat going by sending your questions to me in any of the following ways:

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