2 iconic Disney hotels have seen shocking moments in music and political history
The Beatles remain icons of pop culture, with their influence still going strong today. The English rock band dominated the 60s with music that resonated with fans. But as quickly as they rose, they fell. The group disbanded in 1970, but the official nail in the coffin came four years later in the most unlikely place – a Disney hotel.
Another Disney resort hosted a beleaguered US president who delivered an iconic speech immortalized in parodies. Here are the stories.
The Beatles had a legendary run before they broke up
The Beatles descended from John Lennon’s former band, the Quarrymen (formerly the Blackjacks). Before becoming the legendary band the world knows and loves, The Beatles consisted of core members Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The trio went through several drummers before asking Ringo Starr to join in 1962.
Their manager, Brian Epstein, turned it into a professional act, and under George Martin’s production, the band rolled out their music, going from domestic hits to international acclaim. By the end of 1962, Beatlemania had grown as audiences around the world fell in love with the band’s mix of ballads, psychedelia and rock.
By 1964, the band members had become international stars, reaching unprecedented levels of success and becoming a leading force in cultural resurgence. They also ushered the British Invasion into the American pop market, branching out into films with A hard day’s Night.
The Beatles stopped performing live in 1966 to refine their studio efforts. They didn’t get lost as the band members produced sophisticated material, including rubber core, Revolverand sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The success of the Beatles elevated albums to a dominant form of music consumption, with many audiences preferring albums to singles. The group has sold around 600 million units, making them the best-selling musical act of all time. The Beatles also hold the record for most number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, most number one albums on the UK Albums Chart and most singles sold in the UK.
The Beatles officially broke up at an iconic Disney hotel
The Beatles showed the first signs of trouble in heaven when John Lennon revealed to his bandmates that he was leaving. At that time, the public was unaware of what was going on within the group. The masses learned of the breakup in 1970 when Paul McCartney also parted ways with the band.
By the end of the year, the band members were already working on solo projects, some involving other members. Starr’s self-titled album was the only one to involve all of the other Beatles, albeit separately.
Although the band publicly disbanded in 1970, the final nail in the coffin came four years later. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the members’ legal teams have drafted official dissolution documents to be signed at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. While the others had gathered to sign, Lennon’s whereabouts were unknown. It turns out he had chosen to follow his star sign and not attend the meeting.
According to Lennon’s ex-girlfriend, May Pang, lawyers for the Beatles’ media company brought “bulky documents” to Lennon while he and Pang were vacationing in Florida. After a “quick phone call” with his attorneys, Lennon signed the official paperwork, officially disbanding the iconic group on December 29, 1974. He was at the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World.
Another amazing moment happened at a Disney hotel
President Richard Nixon and Walt Disney had a close relationship. The entrepreneur was a conservative Republican who supported several candidates, including Nixon. And the president was a Disneyland fan, visiting the Californian theme park many times, especially when his daughters were young, AllEars reports.
However, Nixon’s experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida on November 17, 1973 was not so pleasant. An hour-long press conference at the Disney World Hotel overlooking Magic Kingdom turned into one of the most iconic and parodied moments. When asked about the Watergate scandal during a question-and-answer session in the resort’s Americas Ballroom, Nixon sadly said, “I’m not a crook.”
However, the statement would come back to haunt him less than a year later. He resigned in August 1974, becoming the first and only president to do so.
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