DID THE BEATLES INVADE THE I.E.?

At one time I believed, quite fervently, that the Beatles had spent secret time in the Inland Empire. In fact, they had recorded a portion of their “Magical Mystery Tour” album here.

That’s what I believed.

My evidence was the song “Blue Jay Way,” a song written by George Harrison that easily could have been inspired by the tranquil beauty of the picturesque community of Blue Jay, located near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains.

That’s how misleading song titles and lyrics can be.

I later learned that there actually is a street called Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles, where George Harrison rented a house in 1968.

Darn. So much for that.

The only account I ever have heard of the Beatles straying into San Bernardino and Riverside counties is an account of their visit with Elvis Presley at his home in Palm Springs. They did a little informal singing in the living room and shared snacks in the kitchen, according to the story, which is told during tours of the house, offered daily year-round.

The house is at 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs. More info: 760-322-1192, www.elvishoneymoon.com.