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Beatlemania

Snopes looks into legends, rumors, and tall tales about The Beatles.

Published Oct 11, 2019

UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01:  Photo of BEATLES; L-R: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon - posed, group shot - jumping on wall, Used on the Twist & Shout EP cover  (Photo by Fiona Adams/Redferns) (Fiona Adams/Redferns)
Image Via Fiona Adams/Redferns

The "Fab Four"—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—are arguably the most influential rock band to have emerged during the 1960s. Listed among (and often atop) the best-selling music in history, their work spans decades and their music still tops charts today.

Best known for...well, take your pick. They are responsible for barrels of iconic songs, films, and memorable media moments. Those mop hairdos; the piercing screams that followed them around the globe; the Jesus quote; the Yellow Submarine; that London crosswalk where fans still line up to retrace those immortal footsteps across Abbey Road.

To say The Beatles are famous is about as useful as pointing out the sky is above us. And when someone’s star rises that high, it’s common for myth to try to fill in the finer details we can no longer see from down here on Earth.

Here legends and tall tales about the Beatles come together; get to the bottom of them with a little help from your friends at Snopes.

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Bond Huberman is a former editor for Snopes.