Pt 4 - Why the Beatles were the best band in the world – Pt 4.

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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?

Comments

opher goodwin Added Oct 3, 2017 - 1:01pm
This is the last of my Beatle saga. I hope you enjoyed reading it.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 3, 2017 - 1:18pm
I did. Thanks for it ! Whatever gets you thru the night...you know my name, look up the number LOL
Dave Volek Added Oct 3, 2017 - 2:14pm
Great story Opher. A very informative and easy read.
 
I think it's a great story on how working together can achieve greater things than working alone. Maybe that is a lesson I need to learn.
 
I bought one of your books. Will get to after I get a few other things out of the way.
 
 
 
opher goodwin Added Oct 3, 2017 - 2:41pm
Cheers Sef - short on time to do other stuff. Still editing and rewriting.
opher goodwin Added Oct 3, 2017 - 2:42pm
Cheers Dave - which one did you go for? I'll be interested to hear what you think.
wsucram15 Added Oct 3, 2017 - 9:01pm
Opher..this was really good.  I liked the entire series...but I love the Beatles.   
John and Paul did meet and I believe they all hung out.  Paul, George and Ringo hung out at battery park (?) and discussed old times...its on video somewhere  
But I remember Lennon being adamant on not even wanting to play Beatles music after the split.   He did live and I think I even saw video of  a medley, but he wasnt ever sure how it would be received with Yoko on stage.  
I would have been shocked at a reunion, I was just glad they all mended fences before he was killed.     All in all..those 7 years still have outsold anyone in history and influenced more musicians than you can count.  What an accomplishment from four lads from liverpool.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 3, 2017 - 11:39pm
I enjoyed it very much! Just seven years ... amazing.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 3:16am
Jeanne - thanks - I'm glad you enjoyed it. Writing about the Beatles plugged a hole while I did some serious editing of my new Sci-fi book. Just finished it.
They were an incredible group of people and achieved amazing things in such a short while. It was the versatility, experimentation and musicianship that inspired me. They seemed to epitomise everything that was going on in the sixties.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 3:16am
Thanks Mark - they were a phenomenon. Will we see anything quite like them again?
Mark Hunter Added Oct 4, 2017 - 3:30am
Sadly, I very much doubt it.
 
Good luck on your book! My sci-if novel is with my first and most critical editor, also called my wife.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 3:51am
Cheers Mark - hope it's going well! What's it about?
Mark Hunter Added Oct 4, 2017 - 5:26am
It's about an accidental interstellar war hero who gets command of a tiny patrol ship in a quiet sector to keep him out of harm's way -- but who finds the most unusual types of danger tend to land in his lap, anyway. It's a serious story, but tends to poke a little fun at the space opera genre.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 4, 2017 - 5:43am
https://youtu.be/mGn016N1Egw
 
The meeting Jeanne talked about.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 6:19am
Mark - that sounds interesting. Fun to write.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 6:24am
SEF - that is great. I haven't heard that before. What a shame that it didn't lead anywhere. They sounded good.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 4, 2017 - 6:53am
Opher
 
People often forget that they played from 1957 to 1962 together, and especially the time in Hamburg where they played all night, and quite rough. They were really hardcore at that time. Twist and Shout live versions of that time shows that
 
https://youtu.be/ukWaX13FBlc
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 4, 2017 - 7:03am
https://youtu.be/M4vbJQ-MrKo
 
Hey Bulldog. In the tradition of Lady Madonna. So easy but the riff......like the one in Paperpack Writer - timelsss.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 4, 2017 - 7:06am
https://youtu.be/XI6C7L66zq8
 
Uncle Albert - Paul McCartney - another forgotten pearl. VERY British LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 4, 2017 - 7:09am
People often forget what genius bass lines McCartney came up with !
 
Silly Love songs
wsucram15 Added Oct 4, 2017 - 10:21am
SEF and Opher..I will look for it, but John and Paul also got together on camera, I saw it.  It was short and they played something I cant remember now.   It took place at the Dakota.   I didnt miss much when it came to them.
But I have seen many short clips with Lennon who admitted he was at least cordial with members of the Beatles, wanted his own music out there.   He was really hesitant to tour for Double Fantasy because of the venues and it was him and Yoko.  It was my understanding they were setting up some trial dates to see how it went..IDK.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzck20Zps2o  
this is paul talking about it
Here is Lennon talking about them as cordial-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ2t1jeggSQ
I think this is a recording they did as a result of the SNL offer....1976
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_xJaDFBCs&list=RDab_xJaDFBCs&t=61
I cant find the interview at the dakota...I know I saw it but it was so long ago.
 
wsucram15 Added Oct 4, 2017 - 10:25am
It wasnt battery park either it was a park near Pauls house.  I cant remember the name.
No one forgets Paul..you only have to watch him live  to remember him.  If you never watched him live, you missed a chunk of history.  
 
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 2:45pm
SEF - yes between 57 and 62 they learnt their trade. But it was the period in which they wrote their songs and recorded that were the really important years.
I think they all were top of the tree - even Ringo. I think his drumming is underestimated. He did some brilliant stuff. Paul's bass was sublime and Harrison's guitar. The songwriting was outstanding.
They were a band who were never content to play safe or sit on their laurels. They were bold and fearless.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 2:46pm
Jeanne - I had high hopes of them getting back together. I think it would have happened despite the bad blood. Chapman ended that dream.
opher goodwin Added Oct 4, 2017 - 2:47pm
Jeanne - the Beatles without Lennon was simply not the Beatles.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 5, 2017 - 1:25am
Fun to write is what I'm all about, opher. And maybe bill paying, someday. My writing will probably never be as deep as the Beatles were.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 3:58am
Whose writing ever is? They were exceptional.
As you say - writing is fulfilment.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 5, 2017 - 5:18am
Without it, I'd have cracked up long ago.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 6:13am
Ha - I doubt that Mark. But writing is certainly cathartic. It is also obsessive.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 6:13am
Mark - I don't think we will ever get to pay a lot of bills. I like writing not marketing.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 5, 2017 - 6:47am
Open the door
 
That's how the Beatles influenced me. I guess "Your mother should know" was the inspiration for that.
 
Gotta do more - but the time lacks....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 5, 2017 - 6:55am
BTW: Just found out that the speed is the same as the song I mentioned - accidentally :-)
Mark Hunter Added Oct 5, 2017 - 7:18am
Yeah, I'm pulled to write, but pushed to promote.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 8:17am
A touching tribute to your mother SEF - I can hear the Beatle influence.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 8:17am
Mark - I don't really promote at all.
wsucram15 Added Oct 5, 2017 - 10:58am
Opher..yeah you do..its subtle.   LOL
Its inherent in all of us to self promote. 
On the Beatles..IDK.  Maybe.  I would have seen it if they did, I promise you that.  I would have left my husband and camped out for that shit.  Sorry!  LOL..he might have actually understood that one.
 
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 11:11am
Jeanne - me too. I would have been there!!
Shane Laing Added Oct 5, 2017 - 11:16am
Great article Opher, I enjoyed reading it immensely.
opher goodwin Added Oct 5, 2017 - 12:12pm
Thanks Shane.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 5, 2017 - 5:28pm
Opher
 
I want to record either THIS one or Open The Door with a band. Which one do you prefer ? I can't decide.
 
Hello
 
They're similar.....somehow....;-)
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 5, 2017 - 5:28pm
...is the a Website for sort of polls ??
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 12:14am
I promote, opher ... I someday want to retire from my full time job. Every career, even writing, comes with its unpleasant parts.
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 3:51am
SEF - they are similar and they both have the potential to be developed with a band. I think I would go for Open The Door because it has more variation in it, plus a real emotional impact.
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 3:54am
Mark - how do you promote?
You're right about the downsides - the time, solitary nature, inability to instantly share (as you do with art), the tedious editing, the unhealthiness of sitting. Yep. Writing isn't all pleasure. There is a craft to learn.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 6, 2017 - 11:51am
Mostly through social media, I’m which I try to be a little original, and local appearances like book signing. I also send out press releases when the opportunity presents itself.
opher goodwin Added Oct 6, 2017 - 7:43pm
Mark - so how do you do the Press releases?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Oct 7, 2017 - 7:02am
Opher
 
Thanks. I rather think Hello is more catchy somehow ;-) But listen to that. Hassan Hajdi is a real virtuoso (the lead guitar)
 
https://youtu.be/huBxmWxYeBE
opher goodwin Added Oct 8, 2017 - 10:04am
SEF - yes that is a consummate performance. He can sure play that guitar. I just love the variations and clarity.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 9, 2017 - 12:20am
Sorry for the delay opher, I went internet silent for awhile. I can show you example of my press releases:
https://markrhunter.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-traditional-press-release.html
https://markrhunter.blogspot.com/2016/08/re-releasing-release.html
It doesn't mean they're any good--it just means I can show you examples. I try to keep them detailed, but also brief and entertaining. I can't swear that people should copy my example, though.
opher goodwin Added Oct 9, 2017 - 8:54am
Thanks for that Mark. Thanks for sharing.
Mark Hunter Added Oct 10, 2017 - 4:18am
Hope it can be helpful to you, or someone else, someday.
opher goodwin Added Oct 10, 2017 - 12:56pm
I'm sure it will. I'm not ready yet though. Still busy writing.