How would you like to own a home once lived in by a Beatle?
That’s what a New Hampshire second-generation Beatles fan, Ken Lambert, pondered this past November when George Harrison’s family home in Speke, Liverpool went up for auction. On a whim, Ken put in his offer for £171,000 (approximately $223,00 US) which became the winning bid.
George Harrison lived in the home with his family from age 6 to 19. This is the first time the home will be accessible to the public.
Daytrippin’ recently interviewed Ken via email about his exciting new purchase:
While fans in the United States and the rest of the world see 1964 as the year The Beatles came on the scene, the 12 event-filled months of 1963 seem to get lost in the shuffle. Many authors start their biographies on the group in February 1964 when The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. In their view, this is when The Beatles’ story began and everything that happened before that is practically dismissed as insignificant.
Universities around the globe are offering classes on The Beatles for hundreds and thousands of dollars per semester – but what about the rest of us? What are your options if you’re not in school, or you can’t attend the location where the class is being offered?
To solve this dilemma, Daytrippin’ School of Rock History now brings the college class into the homes of Beatles fans around the world in the form of an online community. Accessible 24/7 from your laptop, tablet or smartphone, music lovers can go deeper into the study of The Fab Four and how they created their music.
Note: This article has been updated as of April 14, 2023 for new information about Paul’s and Ringo’s ancestry, based on the 2018 book, Inside the Beatles Family Tree by Richard A. Edmund.
Fans of the Beatles know that all four lads were from Liverpool, England, but few know of their Irish heritage. As the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, if you get misty-eyed over Ireland while singing along to “Oh Danny Boy”, you might enjoy a bit of Beatles Irish history.
Liverpool has been called the “Capital of Ireland” because an estimated three-quarters of its people have Irish roots. Irish immigrants poured into Liverpool after the 1798 rebellion as well as the Great Famine of the 1840s, greatly impacting its demographic make-up. As such, all four Beatles have ancestry in Ireland.