Sunday, August 26, 2007

Do the Beatles prefer Coke or Pepsi?

Ever since I started this blog, I find more and more things catching my eye as a potential cog in the "Coke or Pepsi Debate" machinery.

Take last month for instance, I was going thru an old box of cassettes and I came across "The Beatles 1962-1966" and "The Beatles 1967-1970". They were in great condition, and I decided they would probably fare well on eBay.

(they did, by the way. I mean, who doesn't like the Beatles?!?)

But BEFORE I decided to list it on eBay, I said "Hmmm...I wonder if the Beatles preferred Coke or Pepsi?"

Well, I gave it the old 'Google" test first.
I did a 2-phrase search...with one being "The Beatles" and the other being either "Pepsi" or "Coca Cola".

Pepsi scores 367,000 pages
Coca Cola 412,00 pages
Ok, rather close this first round...and a scan of the page listing shows no definitive answer.

So I try "Pepsi Cola" instead of "Pepsi" in the search, and only 43,00 pages show up.
Well, that makes sense.
We usually DON'T refer to it as Pepsi Cola.

I then decide to try 'Coke" instead of "Coca Cola".
As I hit enter, I brace myself for the responses.
The idea of looking up articles about the Beatles and Coke lead me to believe that headlines like 'How to make the Sgt. Pepper Album" or "Beatles like LSD, frown on Coke" will appear.

554,000 pages come up.
Nothing conclusive about the preference in soda OR drug choice at first glance.

Finally, I find this page.
While I do not know who Alan Gorrie is, there IS a line in the article that reads "I even had a scotch and coke (THE fave Beatle drink of the sixties) to toast his passage. See you around, George."

Could this be the answer?!
The Holy Grail of the Coke vs. Pepsi it relates to the Beatles?

Without meeting Paul or Ringo, I don't know that we'll ever really know.

But I DO know that I got rid of some old cassettes.
So all these years later, the Beatles continue to serve my needs!


Anonymous said...

On the Beatles' Anthology 1, CD 1, there is a speech from their manager, Brian Epstein

"They came to London and stayed at the Royal Hotel paying twenty-seven shillings a night for bed and breakfast. They were poor and I wasn't rich... but we all celebrated with rum and scotch and coke, which was becoming a beatle drink even then."

AsiaVoss said...

Cool post, Anonymous! Thanks for sharing!

That's a great hint towards what the Beatles prefered back then, eh?!

Anonymous said...

I have seen pictures of the Beatles distinctly drinking bottles of Coca-Cola. I also saw a picture of John Lennon snorting a bottle of Coca-Cola.

Anonymous said...

I'm new around here, seems like a cool place though. I'll be around a bit, more of a lurker than a poster though :)
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schreu said...

Perhaps this picture will help...

AsiaVoss said...

GREAT pic!
Thanks for sharing!
I'd like to use it in a future post this week!