Monday, 25 June 2012
Who was the Fifth Beatle?
Ever since the Beatles made it big (end 1963 - beginning of 1964) there have been numerous reports and articles in the press about who was the Fifth Beatle.
Let's be honest, there is no such thing as the 5th Beatle, certainly not if you mean with "BEATLES" the four lads from Liverpool who rose to stardom in such a short time: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
Of course, things are different if you talk about the BEATLES before they made it big. Then Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe enter in the picture.
Anyway, here is a list of the most likely contenders for the Title of FIFTH Beatle
1. Brian Epstein : he was their manager from 1962 till 1967 and according to Paul McCartney "if anybody is the Fifth Beatle, it should be Brian".
2. Derek Taylor: The Beatles' (and Apple's) Public Relations Manager
3. Neil Aspinall: The Beatles' road manager/personal assistant and later CEO of Apple Corps.
4. Mel Evans: Personal assistant and road manager for The Beatles
5. Stu Sutcliffe: the bassist of the original five-member Silver Beatles/Beatles
6. Pete Best: the original drummer of the Beatles, since he joined last he was a real "5th" Beatle
7. George Martin: the producer of almost all The Beatles records and composer of some songs (notably on Yellow Submarine and on the US editions of A Hard Day's Night and HELP!
8. Jeff Lynne: together with George, Paul and Ringo he produced and contributed on the "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" projects
9. Billy Preston: the only artist to get joint credit on a Beatles record (Get Back)