Go Ahead- Bite the Big Apple (Don’t mind the maggots)

eve_appleThe apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. -Arthur Miller

Early Beatles Advertisement Circa 1964

The association with the Beatles and Apples is obvious to most I think.  In 1968 the Beatles formed their own record label and named it “Apple Records”. Apple Corps. also branched out into other realms of business such as fashion and electronics.

However, the symbolism and synchronicity of the Beatles and the Apple goes much much deeper than this surface correlation. Roll up with me on this magical mystery tour of the many oddities surrounding the Beatles and the Apple.

(and yes, I realize the title of this article is from a Rolling Stones song, and not a Beatles song.  No hate mail please- haha)


This might get a bit weird. But that’s why you come here right?

Where to begin? Well, perhaps at the beginning. The Garden of Eden- the literal (or metaphorical depending) Beginning. Apples are nutritiously infused in symbolism. From the very dawn of time and beyond. We all know the story, the serpent tempted Eve with the fruit (Apple) from the forbidden tree- the Tree of Knowledge- which she offered to Adam, and women have been damned ever since.


George Martin’s “William” Tell Beatles

The apple is also associated in texts and stories from Greek Mythology to Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. Newton’s law of gravity supposedly arose from an apple revelation, William Tell shot an apple off of his son’s head in order to avoid arrest. In the Grimm classic fairy tale of Snow White, the princess is tempted to eat a poisoned apple offered by her evil stepmother. We even see the emergence of Apples in MGM’s classic 1939 film of Wizard of Oz where animated trees throw apples at Dorothy and the Scarecrow.  Well T.O.T.O. we are definitely not in Kansas anymore!

In Greek Mythology the Apple is associated with Aphrodite , the goddess of (all you need is) Love. Also, in Greek mythology the root of the word Apple is associated with the Sun God, Apollo. We are again reminded of the elusive character mentioned countless times on this site, Apollo C Vermouth. Also, (here come) the Sun King– another popular topic. Point being, the Apple is a powerful symbol any way you slice it.

Speaking of slicing an Apple-

It was a fake mustache?

Someone with too much time on their hands and completely obsessed with the Beatles clues and mysteries (no, not me… I wish!) discovered that when you play the reprise of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in reverse, a very curious phrase seems to repeat:

“Apple star,
It was a fake mustache”


To me, this phrase is VERY clear, so clear it really seems to be intentional. What do you hear?

Video below:


star in apple
Apple Star”

The elusive character Iamaphoney- in his The Rotten Apple series on YouTube has interpreted the backwards lyrics as:

“Apple star,
It was a fake mustache
it was a fake mustache
it was a fake mustache
maybe you were mistaken
apple star
it really looks a fake mustache
make us, so we have to tell you
apple star
it was a fake mustache”

The horizontally sliced apple produces a five-pointed star or pentagram. The “Apple Star” is also rich in symbolism, used for centuries for philosophical study, and even witchcraft. Odd though, that the boys used it in the reverse of Sgt. Pepper Reprise, no?

And when sliced vertically, the apple produces what looks like a vulva, containing the seeds within. According to “Twiggy Truth.Wordpress” (Linked):

apple-sliced-3d-model-max-obj-fbxWhen an apple is sliced vertically the core portion has the shape of a woman’s vulva in which the seeds are contained.  The seeded Vulva symbolises the complimentary aspects of duality, which when joined together in a union of duality create life’ not only in the physical but the mental realm.   THE TWO REALMS WE NOW EXPERIENCE DURING OUR CURRENT INCARNATION.  

star in appleSo, as you can see within the Apple, the core of knowledge is present.   The Five Pointed Star (the spiritual and invisible essence) and the Seeded Vulva (the material and visible essence).

shutterstock_127612211When these two are aspects are joined together something remarkable happens, LIFE.  This is why the Apple, contains within it the symbolism of spiritual and material aspects of creation.


Neat right? Oh those Genius Beatles!!

And that’s just the beginning. Actually that is near the end. We like to work backwards on this site. So let’s back up a bit and visit one of the numbernineblog’s most discussed years- 1966.

November 9th, 1966 (11/9 – 9/11 or IONEIX) according to legend, is a very significant date in Beatles history for a couple reasons. One being one of the proposed dates of Paul’s Death in PID lore (APaul Corpse – Apple Corps.) and the other being the date that John Lennon cited as meeting Yoko Ono for the first time (this is actually a false date, but John himself said it, so we’re going with it).

It was at the Indica Gallery that fate would forever change the Beatles.  The meeting commenced the evening before the opening of Yoko’s Exhibit Unfinished Paintings And Objects in the basement of the Indica bookshop in Mason’s Yard, just off Duke Street in Mayfair, London. The Indica was co-owned by John Dunbar, Peter Asher and Barry Miles, and was supported in its early years by Paul McCartney (or Ian Ichamoe; an alias he used at the time – Ian Ichamoe sounds like ‘Paul McCartney‘ when spoken backwards).



It was at this exhibition that Ono displayed her art piece “Apple”. Simply an apple on a pedestal, with a label boasting “APPLE” (mind blowing). The night before the opening of the exhibition it has been reported that a group of persons- Including Roman Polanski- visited Ono’s Exhibition at the Indica (along with John Lennon) as reported by The International Times, Issue No.3.  Thank you to Dr. Gerard Tomoculus for the original article scan, and the original questioning of this curiosity. Indica-6


“Work on mounting the exhibition went on until the early hours of last Tuesday morning Around three am, a group of people pressed their noses to the Indica Gallery window and demanded entrance. Included in the group was film director Roman Polanski, who rushed around the exhibits ecstatically shouting “this is the most beautiful apple I have ever seen” and “that is the very essence of a needle. Or so the story goes”

…or so the story goes they say. Ha! How many times have you heard that phrase on thenumbernineblog!?!

Roman Polanski is of course a film director who just so happened to make “Rosemary’s Baby”. Rosemary’s Baby premiered in 1968, and according to Wikipedia:

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast features Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner, and, in his feature film debut, Charles Grodin. The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.

Mia Farrow plays the leading role as Rosemary Woodhouse.  Mia Farrow accompanied John Lennon in 1968 to Rishikesh in India where the Beatles studied Transcendental meditation with the Maharishi. 733362552be719872feb137e4dfaf462

So people in high places travel in the same circles right? Not that big of a deal.  Except that lines cross again when you realize that Polanski’s film was shot in the Big APPLE at the Dakota Building on West 72nd Street, in New York.  The same place that Judy Garland (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz) once resided, and of course our very own John Lennon spent his last years before his assassination in the driveway of the very same building. Do I even need to mention that it was Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, Sharon Tate that was knifed down and murdered in the infamous LaBianca/Tate murders by the Manson Family? In the house that Roman and Sharon lived? Charles “no name Maddox” Manson, we’ve discussed him on the NumbernineBlog before (here).

Shot of “Rosemary’s Baby” scene in Dakota Driveway Approx. location of where Lennon was shot.

Weird enough for you yet?

How about we fast forward a couple years to 1971. September 11th, 1971 to be exact.  John and Yoko appeared for the first time on the Dick Cavett show. It is during this interview (approx. 2:00 in on the video below) that John mentions that “Ringo” means Apple in Japanese. This came up after Yoko proclaimed she didn’t know who the Beatles were prior to meeting John. We’ll forget that Paul was a part of the Indica Gallery group responsible for introducing the pair… for now. We will even skip over the part immediately after when John explains how he frequently reads signs backwards, and can even sing songs backwards… but that my friends is a topic for another article. For now, we will just roll around in the sweet sticky curiosity of the fact that phonetically, “Ringo Starr” sounds very similar to “Apple Sauce” in Japanese. Hahaha.


Upsetting the Apple™ Cart

In 1978 a beginning to a long series of lawsuits began with the Beatles Apple Corps and Apple computers over the use of their logo and marketing right of music with Apple head Neil Aspinall (AKA Apollo C Vermouth) at the helm. The series of which did not end until 2007.


according to wikipedia:

In 1991, another settlement involving payment of around $26.5 million to Apple Corps was reached.[4] This time, an Apple employee named Jim Reekes had included a sampled system sound called Chimes to the Macintosh operating system (the sound was later renamed to sosumi, to be read phonetically as “so sue me”). Outlined in the settlement was each company’s respective trademark rights to the term “Apple”. Apple Corps held the right to use Apple on any “creative works whose principal content is music”, while Apple Computer held the right to use Apple on “goods or services … used to reproduce, run, play or otherwise deliver such content”, but not on content distributed on physical media.[5] In other words, Apple Computer agreed that it would not package, sell or distribute physical music materials.

Byte into an Apple (don’t mind the maggots)

How do you like them Apples?

There’s lots of strange curiosities and synchronicities surrounding the Beatles and The Apple. I’m sure I’ve missed some. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Beatles and the Apple, or anything I may have missed in the comments below. Thank you for reading!



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  1. Hi Dezy – great to have you back. Some people in the Paul Is Dead/Paul Was Replaced conspiratorium believe that The Beatles record label has a hidden meaning. From Nick Kollerstrom’s The Life and Death of Paul McCartney:

    Apple core
    Apple Corps
    A Paul Corpse
    APaul Corps

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  2. Hi, dizzy… Forgive me if you’re already aware of this – and I’m not sure if this is useful to you = but the ‘Apple’ logo – according to McCartney – was based on a Magritte painting he’d bought.

    From McCartney’s website:

    “I’ve always loved Mr Magritte’s work and have admired him since the 1960s when I first became aware of his work. I love his paintings so much that I once took a trip to Paris to visit Magritte’s art dealer Alexander Iolas and had a very pleasant meal in his apartment above the gallery. We then went downstairs to see the paintings and I was able to select three pictures.

    “Robert [Fraser – art dealer and friend] also brought me other interesting Magritte’s pictures over the years and one of them became the inspiration for the original Beatles Apple Records label: the big green apple was inspired by Magritte.

    “We were amongst the many people who have been hugely influenced by this great artist’s work.”

    From Barry Miles’s official McCartney biography ‘Many Years from Now’:

    “The company logo was suggested by the painting by Rene Magritte, Le Jeu de mourre (‘The Guessing Game’), that Robert Fraser had left casually propped up on Paul’s living-room table in the summer of 1966. It was one of Magritte’s last works, painted that same year, shipped by his dealer to Robert not long after the paint dried.”

    According to a 1993 interview with McCartney:

    “There’s a great story about that. I had this friend called Robert Fraser, who was a gallery owner in London. We used to hang out a lot. And I told him I really loved Magritte. We were discovering Magritte in the sixties, just through magazines and things. And we just loved his sense of humour. And when we heard that he was a very ordinary bloke who used to paint from nine to one o’clock, and with his bowler hat, it became even more intriguing. Robert used to look around for pictures for me, because he knew I liked him. It was so cheap then, it’s terrible to think how cheap they were. But anyway, we just loved him … One day he brought this painting to my house. We were out in the garden, it was a summer’s day. And he didn’t want to disturb us, I think we were filming or something. So he left this picture of Magritte. It was an apple – and he just left it on the dining room table and he went. It just had written across it “Au revoir”, on this beautiful green apple. And I tought that was like a great thing to do. He knew I’d love it and he knew I’d want it and I’d pay him later. […] ”

    Here’s Magritte’s ‘Le Jeu de mourre’:

    Seems Magritte had a thing for apples…

    ‘The Son of Man’ (1964):


    The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l’homme) is a 1964 painting by the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. It is perhaps his most well-known artwork.

    Magritte painted it as a self-portrait. The painting consists of a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat standing in front of a low wall, beyond which are the sea and a cloudy sky. The man’s face is largely obscured by a hovering green apple. However, the man’s eyes can be seen peeking over the edge of the apple. Another subtle feature is that the man’s left arm appears to bend backwards at the elbow.

    About the painting, Magritte said:

    “At least it hides the face partly well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”

    Then, from 1952, ‘The Listening Room’:



    This all stuff from a random, non-focused search on the ‘net. Whether any of it leads to anything more, I don’t know. Just thought it might be of some use to you, dizzy.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I was aware of the Apple association with Magritte and the inspiration behind the naming of Apple Corps. It actually slipped my mind for this article, so again thank you for the reminder!
      The “Son of Man” painting (probably his most famous) is interesting too because that’s what Manson called himself at times.
      There was also a Magritte painting at Luggala (Tara browne’s family mansion in Ireland) that Paul had mentioned in Many Years from Now as well. That one according to legend was smeared when a house maid tried to clean it! I “think” (if memory serves) Luggala is where Paul became familiar with Magritte’s works… and the rest is history.
      Thanks again!

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      1. McCartney also claims that it was Tara Browne who gave him his first LSD Trip. So, you could say that it was Browne who finally got the previously cautious McCartney to ‘bite the Apple’ as it were.

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