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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Did John Lennon Say ‘Ringo Wasn’t Even the Best Drummer in the Beatles’?
This was one of the more famous quotes about a Beatle.
Did John Lennon Anticipate the Election of Donald Trump?
A dubious quote plays on the unlikely idea of rock stars foretelling the political rise of Donald Trump.
Did Crime Rates Plummet When the Beatles’ Debuted on ‘Ed Sullivan’?
When a sarcastic wisecrack becomes fact, print the legend.
Was Paul McCartney’s Song “Blackbird” Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement?
The rock icon publicly explained the song's link to the "Little Rock Nine" at a 2016 concert.
Did Michael Jackson Own the Rights to All Beatles Songs?
The answer must be heavily qualified in order to avoid being misleading.
Did Paul McCartney Die in 1966?
Did Ringo Starr really say that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by another person?