Of course, being in the Beatles had affected all of the Fab Four in different ways, and the other two, George Best and Peter Sutcliffe. Neither of them was ever the same again. Like I said, Paul McCartney died in 1966, and John Lennon, gradually became a self styled Messiah who talked through his nose all the time. Ringo Starr became increasingly obsessed with the idea of steam trains with human faces, enormous eyes and Merseyside accents. No wonder the sessions for “Abbey Road” and “Let it Be” were absolute ruddy chaos and they all hated each other by the time they got around to doing that pop concert up on the roof with the Drifters.
George Harrison was always known as the quiet Beatle, and he probably was the first to know that the whole thing was going belly up. What with his spiritual insights and that he must have realised that you can’t be a pop star forever, never mind what ruddy Cliff Richards says. The Beatles probably hadn’t actually been proper pop stars since thay grew out them ruddy basin cuts and ditched the collarless suits. It was only a matter of time after that, they were basically just messing around doing half the tracks on their LPs backwards, wearing multi coloured trouser suits and not shaving properly.
And what happened after they did split up? All of them did one or two records that some people liked. The McCartney impersonator formed a group called “Those Clever Wings” and went on to design sanitary towels with them. Lennon made some ruddy weird LPs with his Chinese girlfriend, and the Ringo did the “Thomas the Tank Engine” voice on the television. They were yesterday’s men.
These days they are all but forgotten as new pop stars have risen to take their place. Bands like Union J, One Direction and Slipnot, or pop singers like Justin Bieber, Matt Cardle, and Bonio out of U2. Acts like these will all have their brief moments of glory and then fade into obscurity alongside acts like David Bowie and Placido Domingo. Ahh well. All things must pass.