A pair of Beatle-related items landed on our desk.
The first comes from Facebook, where noted Beatles historian Bill Harry on his Mersey Beat page, denies that the band's name was inspired by the Marlon Brando movie The Wild One -- in large part because the motorcycle drama was banned in Britain and not shown there until 1968. Harry blamed "the myth" on publicist Derek Taylor -- "who saw the film when he was in America after 1964 and heard Lee Marvin mention a motorcycle gang called the Beetles and asked George [Harrison] if that's where they got their name, ignorant that it was never shown in Britain. George, who wasn't present when John and Stu [Sutcliffe] decided on names, assumed it might be the case -- and the myth appeared in the Beatles own Anthology. [The truth was when] John and Stu [were] discussing a new name, Stu said they wanted a name like Buddy Holly's Crickets, so they thought of beetles, but they had several variations including Beatals, Silver Beetles, Silver Beatles and finally Beatles in August 1960."
Sunday, John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with historic blue plaques at the site of the former Apple Boutique at 94 Baker Street in London. The BBC says they replace one that honored only Lennon. Former Quarrymen bandmate Rod Davis was among those on hand for the ceremony.