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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
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Paul McCartney - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Live In Tokyo 2013
Published: 2016/05/05
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Across the Universe - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Across the Universe - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Published: 2008/01/14
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Bee Gees & Peter Frampton - Being For The Benefit Of Mr  Kite
Bee Gees & Peter Frampton - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
Published: 2013/06/15
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Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles (Bass Track)
Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles (Bass Track)
Published: 2012/02/21
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - worlds away
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - worlds away
Published: 2013/03/14
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles
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John Lennon talks about the Beatles Song Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
John Lennon talks about the Beatles Song Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Eddie Izzard {Lyrics}
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Eddie Izzard {Lyrics}
Published: 2009/02/18
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Paul McCartney - Lovely Rita & Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [HD] - Best New
Paul McCartney - Lovely Rita & Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [HD] - Best New
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How to Play Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite by The Beatles on Guitar
How to Play Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite by The Beatles on Guitar
Published: 2011/02/04
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Paul McCartney - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (LIVE with lyrics, Tampa, 7/10/2017)
Paul McCartney - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (LIVE with lyrics, Tampa, 7/10/2017)
Published: 2017/07/11
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Across the Universe - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Because
Across the Universe - Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Because
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - Django Bates and hr-Bigband celebrate "Sgt. Pepper's ..."
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Being for the benefit of Mr  Kite
Being for the benefit of Mr Kite
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
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PAUL McCARTNEY - BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE LIVE
PAUL McCARTNEY - BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. KITE LIVE
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The Fab Four - Sgt. Pepper Live - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (HiFi audio)
The Fab Four - Sgt. Pepper Live - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (HiFi audio)
Published: 2007/11/24
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Published: 2008/01/06
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Paul McCartney - For the Benefit of Mr. Kite! Live (7/7/2017)
Paul McCartney - For the Benefit of Mr. Kite! Live (7/7/2017)
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For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Billy Connolly
For The Benefit Of Mr Kite - Billy Connolly
Published: 2009/02/18
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The Fab Four- Being The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (WGTB)
The Fab Four- Being The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (WGTB)
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The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (piano cover & free sheet music)
The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (piano cover & free sheet music)
Published: 2017/03/25
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The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Karaoke - Lyrics
The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Karaoke - Lyrics
Published: 2015/07/08
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Paul McCartney - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Live at Echo Arena, Liverpool - 28-05-2015]
Paul McCartney - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Live at Echo Arena, Liverpool - 28-05-2015]
Published: 2015/10/31
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The Beatles: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - 8-Bit Sgt. Pepper
The Beatles: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - 8-Bit Sgt. Pepper
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The Beatles - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (isolated drums)
The Beatles - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (isolated drums)
Published: 2012/07/29
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Paul McCartney - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite (live @ Orlando 5/18/13)
Paul McCartney - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite (live @ Orlando 5/18/13)
Published: 2013/05/19
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Published: 2016/11/20
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles - Bass Cover) 50th Anniversary
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles - Bass Cover) 50th Anniversary
Published: 2017/06/14
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Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite  The Fab Four AXS TV
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite The Fab Four AXS TV
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles) - Jennifer Ann - Sgt. Pepper
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles) - Jennifer Ann - Sgt. Pepper's Sessions
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The Beatles - Being the benefit of mr.Kite - ( Acoustic instrumental )
The Beatles - Being the benefit of mr.Kite - ( Acoustic instrumental )
Published: 2009/09/03
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Piano Lesson Part 1
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - Piano Lesson Part 1
Published: 2011/12/31
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Published: 2016/11/04
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"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" - Clara-Belle the Calliope - (The Beatles)
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" - Clara-Belle the Calliope - (The Beatles)
Published: 2013/05/07
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Elekrticni Orgazam - Being for the benefit of mr Kite - ( Audio )
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Andy Timmons Band - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Andy Timmons Band - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Published: 2011/12/10
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite / Paul McCartney 29 April 2017 Tokyo Dome Day2 JAPAN ポールマッカートニー
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite / Paul McCartney 29 April 2017 Tokyo Dome Day2 JAPAN ポールマッカートニー
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Paul McCartney - Welcome, Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! - Hershey, PA
Paul McCartney - Welcome, Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! - Hershey, PA
Published: 2016/07/21
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! - Karaoke
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! - Karaoke
Published: 2014/12/25
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (Fingerstyle Guitar)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (Fingerstyle Guitar)
Published: 2009/02/01
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eddie izzard as mr kite 0001
Published: 2011/10/08
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Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite
Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite
Published: 2008/06/19
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Being for the benefit of Mr Kite! (Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil)
Being for the benefit of Mr Kite! (Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil)
Published: 2017/06/26
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (feat. MJ Keenan, Puscifer & Sunbears!)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (feat. MJ Keenan, Puscifer & Sunbears!)
Published: 2017/01/25
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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles (Drum Track)
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles (Drum Track)
Published: 2012/02/21
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The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Woosley Cone Remix)
The Beatles - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Woosley Cone Remix)
Published: 2013/09/25
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"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Released 26 May 1967 (1967-05-26)[1]
Recorded 17 and 20 February and 28, 29, 31 March 1967
Genre Circus music[2]
Length 2:37
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Audio sample

"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was primarily written and composed by John Lennon, with additional input claimed by Paul McCartney.[3][4] The song is credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Inspiration[edit]

A reproduction of the Pablo Fanque Circus Royal poster from 1843 upon which the song is based

The inspiration to write the song was a 19th-century circus poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal appearance at Rochdale. Lennon purchased the poster in an antique shop on 31 January 1967, while the Beatles were filming the promotional videos for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" in Sevenoaks, Kent.[5] Lennon claimed years later to still have the poster in his home.[6] "Everything from the song is from that poster," he explained, "except the horse wasn't called Henry."[7] (The poster identifies the horse as "Zanthus".)

"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is credited to Lennon–McCartney, but Lennon said he had written it entirely himself.[6] McCartney disagrees;[3] in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said: "I read, occasionally, people say, 'Oh, John wrote that one.' I say, 'Wait a minute, what was that afternoon I spent with him, then, looking at this poster?' He happened to have a poster in his living room at home. I was out at his house, and we just got this idea, because the poster said 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite' – and then we put in, you know, 'there will be a show tonight,' and then it was like, 'of course,'… The song just wrote itself. So, yeah, I was happy to kind of reclaim it as partially mine.'"[4]

Mr. Kite is believed to be William Kite, who worked for Pablo Fanque from 1843 to 1845.

Pablo Fanque, the Victorian circus owner, who employed William Kite in the 1840s

"Mr. J. Henderson" was John Henderson, a wire-walker, equestrian, trampoline artist, and clown. While the poster made no mention of "Hendersons" plural, as Lennon sings, John Henderson did perform with his wife Agnes, the daughter of circus owner Henry Hengler. The Hendersons performed throughout Europe and Russia during the 1840s and 1850s.[8] A hogshead is a large wooden cask.

Recording[edit]

One of the most musically complex songs on Sgt. Pepper, it was recorded by the Beatles on 17 February 1967 with overdubs on 20 February (organ sound effects), 28 March (harmonica, organ, guitar), 29 March (more organ effects) and 31 March.[9] Lennon wanted the track to have a "carnival atmosphere", and told producer George Martin that he wanted "to smell the sawdust on the floor". In the middle eight bars, multiple recordings of fairground organs and calliope music were spliced together to attempt to produce this request. In a 1968 interview, Martin recalled that he achieved this "by playing the Hammond organ myself and speeding it up".[10] In addition to Hammond organ, a 19th century steam organ was found for hire to enhance the carnival atmosphere effect.[11] After a great deal of unsuccessful experimentation, Martin instructed recording engineer Geoff Emerick to chop the tape into pieces with scissors, throw them up in the air, and re-assemble them at random.[12]

Before the start of the first take, Lennon sings the words "For the benefit of Mr. Kite!" in a joke accent, then Emerick announces, "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite! This is take 1." Lennon immediately responds, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", reinforcing his title preference from a phrase lifted intact from the original Pablo Fanque poster. The exchange is recorded in The Beatles Recording Sessions[5] and audible on track 8 of disc 2 of Anthology 2. The original recording can also be heard during the loading screen for the song if it is downloaded in the video game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Although Lennon once said of the song that he "wasn't proud of that" and "I was just going through the motions",[13] in 1980 he described it as "pure, like a painting, a pure watercolour".[7]

"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" was one of three songs from the Sgt. Pepper album that was banned from playing on the BBC, supposedly because the phrase "Henry the Horse" combined two words that were individually known as slang for heroin. Lennon denied that the song had anything to do with heroin.[6][7]

Personnel[edit]

Live performances[edit]

Paul McCartney performed the song live for the first time by any Beatle on 4 May 2013 at the Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil and throughout his 2013–2015 Out There tour. Additionally, McCartney performed the song live on the Colbert Report on 12 June 2013 as well as during his One on One tour in 2016.

Covers and influence[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Everett 1999, p. 123. "In the United Kingdom Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band...was rush-released six days ahead of its official date, June 1."
  2. ^ Ronald P. Grelsamer (1 September 2010). Into the Sky with Diamonds: The Beatles and the Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic '60S. AuthorHouse. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-4520-7053-7. 
  3. ^ a b Miles 1997, pp. 318.
  4. ^ a b Vozick-Levinson, Simon (25 July 2013). "Q&A: Paul McCartney Looks Back on His Latest Magical Mystery Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 98.
  6. ^ a b c "Lennon–McCartney Songalog: Who Wrote What" (PDF). Hit Parader. Vol. Winter 1977 [reprint of April 1972] no. 101. pp. 38–41. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Sheff 2000, p. 183.
  8. ^ "The Hendersons Were Not There (and neither was Mr Kite)- Sheffield 1848". Chrishobbs.com. 28 March 1914. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 98, 99, 105–106.
  10. ^ a b Gilliland 1969, show 45, track 3, 6:22.
  11. ^ Emerick 2006.
  12. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 99.
  13. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 243.
  14. ^ "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! | The Beatles Bible". www.beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 

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