How one man who turned down a song from John Lennon ‘Stupid’

THE BEATLES were turned down a few times in their career - but one man, who later acted in Are You Being Served, turned down a song written by John Lennon.

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The Beatles wrote songs for themselves but also a huge number of other bands and musicians. From Michael Jackson to Elton John, the songwriters worked with them all, meaning their catalogue outside of Lennon-McCartney is significant. But one performer, Mike Berry, was reportedly one of the few who turned down a song from the band.


The Beatles’ songwriters were mainly Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

As time went on, however, the performers began working with others, with John famously writing alongside Sir Elton John.

Sir Paul wrote many songs with Michael Jackson, while George Harrison wrote with legends such as Eric Clapton, as well as becoming part of the Travelling Wilburys supergroup, featuring Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, to name a few.

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However, there was one performer who reportedly turned down John’s offer of a song, despite his band growing in fame.

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The man who turned down John Lennon's songThe man who turned down John Lennon's song (Image: Getty)

John Lennon and Paul McCartneyJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney (Image: Getty)

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According to The Beatles expert Paul Endacott, director of Tours and Events and Music Heritage London, this man had only one response for the young songwriter.

Speaking exclusively to, Paul opened up on who this man was, Are You Being Served? star Mike Berry.

He said: “I suppose one of the funniest story which I have a laugh with Mike Berry about, was when Brian Epstein called Mike Berry and The Outlaws in.

“The Outlaws comprised of, well, their bass player was Chas Hodges, from Chas and Dave. And they were fantastic musicians.”

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