It all came to a tragic end. The seeds of destruction were sown when Epstein died. Despite the fact that he was ripping them off he was a pillar of stability. He had been a guiding hand from the start and was able to hold those four egos together and provide direction. Without his influences they started to fall apart.
Being rich and famous had not proved as fulfilling as they thought it would be. Now they could have anything they wanted and sate every whim. But it still felt empty. They had gone in search of something more. They had turned to Eastern mysticism and the Marhareshi. When that didn’t work out they had little to gel them together.
Instead of being a close-knit group they began falling out and going their separate ways. They did their own individual ventures, saw each other less and only came together to make music and even that was full of bickering, jealousy and fraught moments. George felt his song writing was being squeezed out and he wasn’t getting recognised. There were issues with Yoko in the studio. John and Paul were at each other’s throats over organising things. Management became a toxic issue and Klein was a destructive force. Even the mixing of albums and bringing in Phil Spector was an issue.
Despite all this, while in the death throes of the band, they continued to make sublime music and both Abbey Road and Let It be had songs as brilliant as anything they had ever produced before. Even though many of the songs were almost solo efforts and band members might come in to do their bit and not see the others.
Then, finally in 1970, it was all over. The Beatles were no more. They all had their solo projects and Paul and John didn’t speak and acrimony ran high. There was more interaction in the courts than in the studio. After a purple patch for John and George the solo efforts subsided into lesser achievements for all of them and they never again reached the creative heights that they had done together.
It was always the dream that George, John. Ringo and Paul would eventually put aside their differences and pool their talents. Just like the Stones had gone on to greater heights the Beatles might get back together and even surpassed their previous achievements. It was not to be. Chapman put pay to all that when he senselessly gunned down John Lennon outside the Dakota.
It was the end of our No. 9 Dream.
The Beatles had only really recorded for seven years. Far too short a period of time. But what a legacy of songs.
I often wonder what might have been if Brian had not overdosed that night? What wealth of music might we have had from the band that was undoubtedly the best in the world?