Wednesday, 14 August 2013

1965, Music: The Beatles receive MBE

On October 26, 1965, the Beatles receive the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) awards from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Earlier that year on June 12, 1965, a spokesman for the British government announced that the Beatles have been named to the MBE list.

At a lunchtime press conference at Twickenham Film Studios, Paul said that "MBE must stand for Mister Brian Epstein". The Beatles' names were put forward for this honor by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Several previous recipients of the award felt the award was demeaned, and returned theirs. John Lennon's reaction: "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people… We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more."
Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr with MBE
Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison with MBE

The Beatles awarded (Dutch News Flash, 1965)

Interview on June 12, 1965

Interview October 26, 1965

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