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|Today in Beatles History: Beatles named to the MBE|
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 06/12/08 11:51 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Today in Beatles History, on June 12, 1965, a spokesman for the British government announced that the Beatles have been named to the MBE (Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The Daily Mirror publishes with the headline "Beatles, MBE!"
At a lunchhtime 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 Harold Wilson, Prime Minister at the time. Wilson would later remember, "I saw the Beatles as having a transforming effect on the minds of youth, mostly for the good. It kept a lot of kids off the streets. They introduced many many young people to music, which in itself was a good thing. A lot of old stagers might have regarded it as idiosyncratic music, but the Mersey sound was a new important thing. That's why they deserved such recognition."
Later, on October 16, 1965, the Beatles received the MBE awards from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Several previous recipients of the award felt the award was demeaned, and returned theirs.
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