Photo: Stephen King | Buzz Feed | These two sections were from an article detailing 19 facts that were WOWs! Who did Paul McCartney write the song “Mother Mary” about? And did you know that author Stephen King played in a rock band? | #11 – While some might assume that “Mother Mary” from the Beatles’ “Let It Be” is the Virgin Mary, the song is actually a sweet ode to Paul McCartney’s mother. McCartney said that he was going through a period of stress and anxiety due to the band’s overwhelming fame and popularity, when he had a dream in which his mother Mary, who died when McCartney was 14 years old, appeared. “She was reassuring me, saying, ‘It’s going to be ok, just let it be.’ It felt so great. She gave me positive words,” he said during a Carpool Karaoke segment. “So I wrote the song ‘Let It Be’ out of positivity.”
Despite McCartney’s story about his mother, Malcolm Evans, who was one of the band’s managers, claimed that he inspired the song. “Paul was meditating one day, and I came to him in a vision, and I was just standing there saying, ‘let it be, let it be…’ And that’s where the song came from,” he said in 1975. To give Evans credit, McCartney can actually be heard singing “When I find myself in times of trouble, Brother Malcolm comes to me,” on a rehearsal track from the 50th Anniversary edition of The White Album.
Bandmate John Lennon allegedly was not a fan of the song because he believed that people would misconstrue the “Mother Mary” line as a biblical reference. “Let It Be” was the final single the Beatles released together before McCartney announced he was leaving the band. When “Let It Be” was released, it entered the charts at No. 6 before later hitting No. 1.
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#14 – In 1992, a group of best-selling authors and creatives teamed up to form a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders. Notable members included authors Stephen King, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. The group was started by book publicist Kathi Kamen Goldmark. “In the fine rock & roll tradition, the Rock Bottom Remainders were conceived in a car,” Goldmark said. “As a semi-pro musician with a day job in book publicity, I spend a lot of time driving touring authors around San Francisco. . . I decided to form a band of authors!”
The group made their debut at the American Booksellers Association world convention in 1992, and went on to perform several more charity shows over the next 20 years. Members of Rock Bottom Remainders even performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2010 before officially retiring in 2012. Despite their retirement announcement, the band eventually reunited for a performance at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2015.
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From an article titled “Jack Nicholson Believed His Mother Was His Sister Until He Was 37 Years Old, and 19 More Facts That Made My Jaw Drop This Week”
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