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Bigger Than Jesus

A look back on John Lennon's 1966 statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, which resulted in angry reactions from the Vatican and the American deep south.

To complement the BBC's My Generation season, another chance to hear a programme first broadcast in 2005, which looks back at a critical moment in the history of popular culture, when, on 4 March 1966, London's Evening Standard published an interview in which John Lennon stated that the Beatles had overtaken Jesus in popularity. Britain barely batted an eyelid, while the Vatican and the American Deep South responded with rage.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 31 Jul 2016 04:00

Music Played

  • The Beatles

    DAY TRIPPER

    • THE BEATLES: 1962-1967.
    • APPLE.
    • CDPCDP-717/2.
  • The Beatles

    Good Day Sunshine

    • REVOLVER.
    • EMI.
    • CDP-7464412.
  • I'M ONLY SLEEPING

    • REVOLVER.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • PCS-7009.
  • SHE SAID SHE SAID

    • REVOLVER.
    • APPLE.
    • CDP-7 46441 2.
  • The Beatles

    RAIN

    • PAST MASTERS.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP 7 90044-2.
  • The Beatles

    We Can Work It Out

    • THE BEATLES: 1962-1967.
    • APPLE.
    • CDPCDP-717/2.
  • The Beatles

    THE WORD

    • RUBBER SOUL.
    • EMI.
    • CDP-7 46440 2.
  • The Beatles

    AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING

    • Revolver.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP-7464441 2.
  • The Remains

    YOU GOT A HARD TIME COMING

    • The Remains.
    • Epic.
    • BN26214.
  • The Beatles

    ELEANOR RIGBY

    • ANTHOLOGY 2.
    • EMI/APPLE.
    • CDPCSP-728.
  • The Beatles

    LONG TALL SALLY

    • ANOTHOLOGY 1.
    • EMI.
    • CDPCSP-727.
  • The Beatles

    RAIN

    • PAST MASTERS.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP 7 90044-2.
  • The Beatles

    Tomorrow Never Knows

    • REVOLVER.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP-7 464412.
  • The Beatles

    A Day In The Life

    • BEATLES ANTHOLOGY - VOLUME 2.
    • APPLE.
    • CD PCSP-728.
  • Plastic Ono Band

    GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

  • LENNON, JOHN & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND

    God

    • John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
    • Parlophone.
    • B-00004WGEL.
  • John Lennon

    WATCHING THE WHEELS

    • Double Fantasy.
    • Parlophone.
    • 5287-392.
  • Renegade Soundwave

    Probably A Robbery

    • Single.
    • MUTE.
  • Big Boi

    Shutterbugg

    • CD SINGLE.
    • MERCURY.
    • 1.

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