Beatles fans come togetherLONDON - Fifty years after John Lennon’s harmonica heralded the first entry of the Beatles into the charts, fans came together in the Fab Four’s home town of Liverpool in northern England on Friday to deliver a record-breaking rendition of their debut single.
Aficionados poured in from as far afield as Peru and Tokyo for a weekend of live music and Beatlemania, which kicked off with 1,631 people singing “Love Me Do” outside the city’s central Liver Building.
Local choirs, school groups and lunching office workers joined in, breaking the previous record for singing “in the round” - where two groups sing exactly the same melody, beginning at different times - to break the previous record of 897, according to Guinness World Records.
“The demographics here today are interesting - it goes from people in their 70s to school kids,” said Dave Jones, who runs Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club where the Beatles were the house band between 1961 and 1963 and which is staging a weekend-long extravaganza of their music.
“We’re trying to recreate the atmosphere of those glory days in the ’60s,” Jones told Reuters. “It’s generation after generation enjoying the music.”