Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

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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 1 June 1967
Recorded 17, 20 February, 28, 29, 31 March 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, experimental, progressive rock
Length 2:37
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band track listing

"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is a song from the 1967 album by The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was composed mainly by John Lennon with input from Paul McCartney[1] and credited to Lennon/McCartney.

Inspiration[change | change source]

The poster upon which the song is based.

Lennon wrote the song taking inspiration from a nineteenth century circus poster for Pablo Fanque's circus which he purchased in an antique shop on 31 January 1967 while filming the promotional video for the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" in Kent.[2] Lennon said that "Everything from the song is from that poster, except the horse wasn't called Henry."[3] (The poster idenitifies the horse as "Zanthus".) Mr. Kite is believed to be William Kite, who worked for Pablo Fanque from 1843 to 1845.

Personnel[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Miles 1997, pp. 318.
  2. Lewisohn 1988, pp. 98.
  3. Sheff 2000, p. 183.

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