Could There Ever Be Another "Beatles"?

" ... artists who broke through the constraints of their time period to come up with something that was unique and original ... in the form of popular music, no one will ever be more revolutionary, more creative and more distinctive. They not only sparked the British Invasion of the US, they became a globally influential phenomenon as well."
- Robert Greenfield ( former Rolling Stone editor )




Against All (Well - several, at least) Odds:

Several Factors, Of Course, Operating Simultaneously

  1. AUDIENCE APPEAL - The Beatles appealed to a wide demographic and their music communicated a simple message without being obscure. "The timing was right and they expressed the mood of the people in their own generation." - George Martin
  2. FEMINISM - the exponential growth of feminism insures that the phenomenom of mass adulation by a group of females collectively is far less likely to occur today than it would have 50 years ago. IF anything, even though the commercial consumerism potential for females has only increased, the group-think and/or "groupie" mentality more prevalent in the past is the exception, and in a society where females are ever-more upwardly mobile, less static and with less liesure time, a corresponding exponential dip in any potential female fan base is the rule.
  3. ECONOMICS - today's heightened fiscal awareness globally-speaking even defies the odds of ongoing employment for developing musical acts (esp. consisting of at least 4 individuals - this is something of a catch-22 since the primary way that a musical act gains confidence and polish in the first place is through live performance).
  4. COMPETITION - for an up-and-coming group the competition factor was formidable and the wages - minimal. Furthermore on the surface there was absolutely no novelty in the idea of 4 young lads - from anywhere - playing guitars and forming a group whether country and western, skiffle, R&B, rock'n'roll, pop or any other style! Supply exceeded demand - notably so!
  5. ORIGINALITY - Uniqueness: the Beatles are without question the most imitated-never duplicated band or musical phenomenon ever. As a corporate entity they evolved through trial and error based upon their own self-determination (unlike groups such as One Direction where the performers have been 'pre-selected') - all of their 20+ #1 hit singles were original compositions on which they played their own instrumental accompanyment.
  6. INDIVIDUALITY - Individuality of the members within the context of the 'uniformity of the group' is a delicate balance that is rarely overlooked by an audience - and for the Beatles the distinctiveness of each personality didn't detract from but only added to the mix.
  7. INTELLIGENCE - The Beatles were all well spoken individuals who could hold their own in conversations and interviews. Not only was Lennon considered a genius by many critics but McCartney and Harrison both passed the entrance exams for the academically exclusive Liverpool Institute - putting them in the top 5% of all British students.
  8. CULTURE - Liverpool was a unique place in itself - a British port city and veritable cultural crossroads where music and the performing arts were widely accepted.
  9. TALENT - to reiterate: Talent cannot be manufactured. Varying degrees of talent are native to each individual and, though fixed, may take more or less time for that talent to be groomed and polished, but the potential is evident i.e. not only in the musicianship of the group as a whole but in the notably unique vocal capabilities of Paul McCartney. Other than that - the 3 frontmen (who started out doing 'covers') eventually produced the greatest repetoire of original songs in history!
  10. COSMETICS/AESTHETICS - For recording artists TV appeal is an absolutely essential and important ingredient to overall success - and there is no other group (the Beatles collectively or individually) in history who has been so widely featured in the media.
  11. WORK ETHIC - hard work, dedication, sacrifice and self-development over a 10-year period is evident for all 4 individually and as a group. The creative process of song-writing is more than a peripheral ingredient to their success and requires a specialized allocation of time and effort and usually is an ongoing process but, even before their first time in an EMI recording studio Lennon and McCartney had written over 100 songs.
  12. NURTURE - from a musical standpoint, all the Beatles came from supportive environments: John's parents were amateur musicians and his mother was a quite capable vocalist who could accompany herself on banjo, George's mother was a musical enthusiast (allowing Paul and George to practice regularly at George's house), Ringo's first drum kit was purchased by his step-dad and Paul's father was a pianist who also played trumpet and had even been a band leader.
  13. ETHNICITY - Many of the greatest performing instrumentalists/vocalists, as well as writers, for that matter, have been stereotypically ethnic British - and the Beatles were no exception in this regard. Moreover not only being identified as 'British' generally but rather as 'British lads from Liverpool' specifically - apparently did nothing to detract from their commercial appeal.
  14. LUCK - The greater the persistence and determination applied toward achieving a goal - the greater the inevitability of it's ultimate attainment. For the Beatles - as for anyone else - hooking up with "the right opportunity" at "the right time and place" had at least as much to do with pro-active planning and promotion as it did with reliance on luck.


All born during the war and educated in post-war Liverpool, England the Beatles were boyhood friends and schoolmates. 4 lads from within a mere few-mile radius within Liverpool: three of whom were great writers, vocalists and multi instrumentalists, plus one very musical and underrated drummer, who would go on to write and perform some of the great classic tunes of the 20th century.