Would you like to hear a story? How about the one about the very first time the Beatles ever smoked weed?
You may be surprised, but the Beatles didn't come to America as the LSD dropping, weed smoking hippies we all know them as. Surprisingly, it wasn't until they met Bob Dylan that they were first turned on to marijuana.
Apparently, Dylan had mistaken the lyrics in "I Want To Hold Your Hand," thinking the line was "and I get high" instead of "and I can't hide." So, on August 28, 1964, Bob Dylan and the Beatles smoked weed together for the band's inaugural smoke session, and the beginning of a very long and beautiful relationship was born.
According to "The Love You Make," a book by Peter Brown, the personal assistant to the Beatles, the transaction transpired as such,
"Brian and the Beatles looked at each other apprehensively. 'We’ve never smoked marijuana before,' Brian finally admitted. Dylan looked disbelievingly from face to face. 'But what about your song?' he asked. 'The one about getting high?'
"The Beatles were stupefied. 'Which song?' John managed to ask.
"Dylan said, 'You know…' and then he sang, 'and when I touch you I get high, I get high…'
"John flushed with embarrassment. 'Those aren’t the words,' he admitted. “'The words are, ‘I can’t hide, I can’t hide, I can’t hide…’"
The apprehensive Beatles lit up for the first time under the careful watch of Bob Dylan.
According to The Beatles Bible, "after the hotel room was secured, Dylan rolled the first joint and passed it to Lennon. He immediately gave it to Starr, whom he called 'my royal taster.'
Not realizing the etiquette was to pass it on, Ringo finished the joint and Dylan and Aronowitz rolled more for each of them."
Thus, without the help of Bob Dylan introducing the iconic band to the world's finest herb, we might not have some of the finest albums in the history of rock and roll, such as The White Album, Yellow Submarine, and Abbey Road.
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