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The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever




"Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and attributed to the Lennon–McCartneysongwriting partnership. It was inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house named "Strawberry Field" near his childhood home.[1]
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was intended for the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), as it was the first song recorded for it, but was instead released in February 1967 as a double A-side single with Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane". "Strawberry Fields Forever" reached number eight in the United States, with numerous critics describing it as one of the group's best recordings.[2][3] It is one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many other artists. The song was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour LP (though not on the British double EP package of the same name).
The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York City's Central Park is named after the song.[4][5]
The promotional film for "Strawberry Fields Forever" was filmed on 30 and 31 January 1967, in Knole Park in Sevenoaks. It was directed by Swedish television director Peter Goldman. Goldman was a friend of Klaus Voormann, who had recommended Peter to the group.[51] The film featured reverse film effects, stop motion animation, jump-cuts from daytime to night-time, and The Beatles playing and later pouring paint over an upright piano.[52] During the same visit to Knole Park, Goldman produced the promotional film for Penny Lane, the reverse side of the Strawberry Fields Forever single (during this same stay in Sevenoaks, John Lennon wandered into an antiques gallery an purchased the poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal that would inspire the song, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!).[53] The promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" were selected by New York's MoMA as two of the most influential music videos of the late 1960s.[54] Both were originally broadcast in the US on 25 February 1967, on the variety show The Hollywood Palace, with actor Van Johnson as host.[55] A cartoon based on the song was the final episode produced for The Beatles animated television series.[56]

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