Words by Aron Simkins Art by Trevor Wirth
Moments in Beatles History
The Beatles are arguably the most influential band in history, but their success didn’t come without a few defining moments to help cement their legacy for generations to come.
THE FIRST TIME ALL FOUR BEATLES BATHED TOGETHER
Despite any success the mop-topped mates experienced early in their career, the group still lacked that indefinable cohesion necessary to elevate them to world-topping status. But that all changed in the spring of 1963 when John kindly invited the other three members to join him in the bath. Although space was tight in the claw-foot tub, the tender moment proved to bring the fab four closer together than ever before. The rest is history.
THE TIME RINGO AND ART GARFUNKEL SWITCHED PLACES
In an effort to provide Ringo with a little more world experience, as well as increase his chances of acceptance into university, Beatles manager Brian Epstein enrolled him in Rotary International’s Artist Exchange Program. The program sent the famous drummer to take Art Garfunkel’s place in the American folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, while Art joined the boys from Liverpool. In hindsight, the experiment was a catastrophe that almost upended both groups, thanks in part to Art’s inability to play the drums and Ringo’s refusal to sing falsetto. In the end, however, the experience ultimately led to Ringo bravely stretching for the high note in “With a Little Help from My Friends,” as well as prepared him for his iconic role as Mr. Conductor in Shining Time Station. The rest is history.
THE TIME JOHN LENNON AND PAUL MCCARTNEY ANSWERED EACH OTHER’S PERSONAL ADS
The song writing duo of Lennon and McCartney is easily one of the most successful in music history. But it was a partnership the two independently felt was ‘growing tired’ almost before it ever got going. As fate would have it, Paul’s attention was piqued one evening when he stumbled upon a personal ad in the paper that read:
“If you like trippy psychedelics, and boating under marmalade skies. If you’re not digging Pete Best. If you have a gray suit and tie. If you like writing songs at midnight, or sleeping in the bath. I’m the one that you’ve looked for. Write to me and we’ll jam.”
In need of a refresh, and weighted down with feelings that he and his songwriting chum had fallen into an old, dull routine, Paul decided to respond with a personal ad of his own:
“Yes, I like trippy psychedelics and boating under marmalade skies. I’m not much into satisfaction. I’m into hello goodbyes. I’ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and I’ll bring my guitar and amp, at a pub called the Cavern, where we’ll set up our band.”
As Paul eagerly sat waiting at the stuffy, old pub, he was surprised to see the familiar round-rimmed spectacles and moppish hair of his musical mate breeze through the doors. When their eyes met, both immediately burst into a fit of laughter at the hilarity of the situation. The rest is history.
THE TIME GEORGE HARRISON TOOK A SUMMER OFF TO EARN A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY SELLING SECURITY SYSTEMS
Amid the height of Beatle mania, George shocked his band mates, and fans worldwide, when he announced he’d be taking a couple months off to sell security systems door-to-door in Omaha, Nebraska. While the decision seemed ridiculous, considering how well things were going financially for each of the band members, he was assured by a sketchy sales recruiter named David Burnsides that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity could easily net him $10K-$20K. George later went on to add that, from what David had explained, Omaha was a real “prime market,” so the need to “strike while the iron’s hot” was crucial. In the end, George came away with very little. But the endeavor did inspire “Tax Man” and "Piggies" among other infamous Harrison-penned tunes. The rest is history.
THE FIRST TIME ALL FOUR BEATLES BATHED TOGETHER WITH ALL THREE BEE GEES
So much hair in the drain.