"John had his thing, and Paul had his, and
together there were two different things all together. But
"The Beatles did treat me as a member of the group.
And that was a great honor, you know?"
"There have only been six members of The Beatles and
I was the fifth. I am very proud to wear that tag. Who wouldn’t
"To this day I don’t know the reason the band
wanted me out. There are lots of theories, but who knows?
It’s OK. I’ve moved on."
"I think that one of the nice things about the Yellow
Submarine movie is that it seems to be perennial. People
enjoy watching from each generation. And it was like the
Beatles themselves. You know the Beatles seem to find new
audience each time another generation comes along."
"They were rather war-weary during Beatles
One must remember that they'd been battered like mad throughout
'64, and much of '63. Success is a wonderful thing, but it
is very, very tiring."
"John was in constant need of proof of love and security
and he was constantly testing people for that proof."
"They each had so much material of their own, too much
to be contained. It had to spill over. For George, it was
perfect timing. I'm sure John and Paul felt the same because
they made albums right after The Beatles broke up."
Olivia Harrison, about the timing of the Beatles split-up
Question: "Do you think he (George) would ever have
got back with The Beatles if the others had wanted a reunion?"
Olivia Harrison: "I think so, yes, I do, because he
had great love for the others. He really did. As you get
older, you value and treasure your friends so much more."
“The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex
men – my small hand could not have broken those men
up. They broke up because they’d reached an end; but
in doing so they all created wonderful new beginnings.”
"No one person could have broken up a band, especially
one the size of the Beatles."
"What the Beatles did was something incredible, it
was more than what a band could do. We have to give them
"I didn't know the Beatle's songs so well until I started
to become responsible for them. Having to check it, listen
to it, and make sure everything is alright reminded me how
each one has some kind of special energy."
"John loved and prayed for the human race. Please tell
people to pray the same for him. Remember that he had deep
faith in love and that, though he has now joined the greater
force, he is still with us."
Yoko Ono, December 1980
“I felt I knew him...John referred to Stuart daily.”
Yoko Ono about Stuart Sutcliffe
"Now Daddy is part of God. I guess when you die you
become much more bigger, because you're part of everything."
Sean Lennon, December 1980
"I love my dad, but being Ringo's son is the biggest
drag in my life. It's a total pain."
"John is so special because he writes right away what he
“When it started with the big Lennon and McCartney
thing, and it was hit after hit, I used to see George (Harrison)
and (ask) ‘Why aren’t you writing the music?’ I
think the Lennon and McCartney thing was too much for him
to sort of handle.”
"Look guys, if you're just going to stare at me, I'm going
Elvis Presley to the Beatles when they met August 27, 1965
“There is no way I’d be doing what I do now
if it wasn’t for The Beatles. I was watching the Ed
Sullivan show and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind
of androgynous, with long hair like girls. It blew me away
that these four boys in the middle of nowhere could make
Gene Simmons, KISS
“I read up on The Beatles, who they were, where they
were from. I learnt about Liverpool, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes,
Ringo’s band, and The Quarrymen and all that. I read
up everything they did in the news. I followed their failures
and their successes."
Gene Simmons, KISS
"The Beatles were a band, of course,
and I loved their music. But they were also a cultural
force that made it OK to be different. They didn’t
look like everyone else, and they still made the girls scream.”
Gene Simmons, KISS
"I don't know about friends, but what time I spent
with The Beatles they were very courteous to me."
Peter Tork of The Monkees
"It was like a merry-go-round in my head, they looked
absolutely astonishing... My whole life changed in a couple
of minutes. All I wanted was to be with them and to know
Astrid Kirchherr on meeting the pre-fame Beatles
"The clash between John and Paul was becoming obvious" and "as
far as Paul was concerned, George could do no right."
Norman Smith, recording engineer, of the growing conflict
during the Rubber Soul sessions
".... the most sophisticated pop musician that I knew
of and liked was Paul McCartney."
"... Then my mother gave me a copy of "Let it
the Beatles. It was all over after that. I bought every Beatles
album and every album by anyone who hung out with the Beatles-
The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, etc. I went through the British
Invasion about 20 years too late."
Miles Zuniga, Fastball
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