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Test yourself in the ultimate Bumper Beatles Christmas Quiz

How well do you know the most famous band in history?

RP Beatles The Beatles in 1968. Source: AP/Press Association Images

THIS YEAR MARKED the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ totemic album Revolver.

A template for successive rock albums in the intervening decades, the groundbreaking 1966 record saw all three songwriting Beatles hit a creative peak.

(Harrison would only return to form on their final studio album Abbey Road, at which point Lennon had all but lost interest. The White Album, released in 1968, meanwhile, is a hotchpotch combination of rough sketches and brilliantly individualistic tracks)

Underpinned by the best drumming of Ringo Starr’s career, and guided by the expert hand of the band’s third genius, producer George Martin, Revolver meshed pop, rock, folk, classical, and Indian idioms, setting the scene for the rest of a decade when The Beatles produced the most thrilling music in history.

How well do you know it?

Complete the song title: "I want to hold your..."
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Head
Man

Coat, love
Hand
In the song A Day In The Life, how many holes are in Blackburn, Lancashire?
2,000
3,000

4,000
30,000
Which Beatles song spent a record nine weeks at number 1 in the US Billboard charts?
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A Day In The Life
Yesterday

Hey Jude
Strawberry Fields Forever
About which spiritual leader was the song Sexy Sadie written?
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Gandhi
Dalai Lama

The Pope
The Maharishi
Ringo Starr sang on every Beatles record - but what was the first Beatles song he sang and wrote?
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Yellow Submarine
Octopus's Garden

Don't Pass Me By
With A Little Help From My Friends
They visit Paris and Vienna, but how many locations in total are named in The Ballad of John and Yoko?
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Six
Five

Seven
Ten
What did fans throw at George Harrison at some early Beatles concerts?
Stones
Knickers

Shapes
Jelly babies
The 1967 single Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane is a high point of The Beatles' career. Yet it also failed to top the UK charts - the first single to fail to do so since 1962. Which artist beat it to number 1?
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Rolling Stones
Jimi Hendrix

Bob Dylan
Engelbert Humperdinck
Who wrote the score (orchestral strings) for She's Leaving Home, a song on the 1967 album Sergeant Pepper?
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George Martin
Paul McCartney

Mike Leander
Phil Spector
On 4 April 1964, the entire US top five was filled by Beatles records, including Can't Buy Me Love, I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me - and which other record?
From Me To You
Twist And Shout

All My Loving
A Hard Day's Night
On 19 June 1967, much to the chagrin of Lennon and Harrison (who had indulged much more frequently), McCartney famously admitted to taking which substance?
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Marijuana
Heroin

LSD
Cocaine
John Lennon chose two historical figures to appear on the cover of Sgt Pepper - but one didn't make the cut. Who was it?
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Stalin
Mao

Hitler
Napoleon
Who wrote and played the guitar solo on Taxman?
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Paul McCartney
George Harrison

John Lennon
George Martin
"The Beatles are second to none in all departments. I don't think there has ever been a better song". About which Beatles track did former Elvis songwriter Jerry Lieber say this?
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Hey Jude
We Can Work It Out

Eleanor Rigby
And I Love Her
Which infamous album cover featured the Beatles in butchers coats, smeared with what looked like blood and surrounded by baby mannequins?
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Yesterday and Today
Please Please Me

Magical Mystery Tour
Rubber Soul
The Beatles were required to pay royalties after playing a sample from which piece of music in All You Need Is Love?
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La Marseillaise
She Loves You (by The Beatles)

In The Mood by Glen Miller
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Who was the only outside musician to gain a credit on a Beatles album?
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Billy Preston
Eric Clapton

Pete Best
Donovan
"Scrambled eggs, oh baby how I love your legs": the original opening lines of which famous Beatles record?
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Come Together
I Am The Walrus

Yesterday
Hello Goodbye
Who played the drums on the final version of the The Beatles' first single Love Me Do?
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Ringo Starr
Andy White

Pete Best
Paul McCartney
Which was the first Beatles studio album to solely feature original compositions?
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With The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night

Help!
Please Please Me
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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John Lennon
Extremely talented, unique and generally regarded as the leader of the pack, when you can be bothered you have a will to win that's unmatched!
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Paul McCartney
Multi-talented, capable of turning your hand to anything - so good, in fact, that you may sometimes get on people's nerves by spreading your talents a little too thinly.
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George Harrison
Decent, does the job, but frankly outshone by others.
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Ringo Starr
Lovable and liked by all, your expertise is nevertheless slightly on the low side.
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