As we all know, the End Times are upon us.
And there are several rock-related issues that require closure. Up first, Who IS ? This term has been bandied about more than Paris Hilton’s labia and I for one am more than ready for some closure. And to my mind there is only ONE logical answer but apparently there are others with “opinions” of their own.
The Wikipedia does a pretty good job of outlining the “candidates” here. So good in fact that some of this write-up is blatantly plagarized. There are 25-some odd people mentioned here! A few make sense: Stu Sutcliffe, Pete Best. I would genuinely listen to arguments for these gents. Although if you’re going to argue these guys, wouldn’t – like – Pete be the fourth, Stu the fifth, and Ringo the Sixth? Feel free to Prince Nez me on the chronology here.
But Billy Preston? Klaus Voorman? Phil Spector?!!! Give me a break! And who the fuck is Alf Bicknell?! Please.
Sadly, The Beatles themselves are WRONG on the issue. Depending on your source, either George and/or Ringo declared Murray the K as . At the Beatles’ 1988 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, George Harrison stated that there were only two “fifth Beatles”: Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall. That’s just bad math. Paul McCartney, in 1997, stated: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” This statment by Paul precedes Linda’s death so I’m more likely to give it credibility. Anything A.L. though is just pops and buzzes.
To make this issue more imminent is the upcoming film, yup, , a biopic on the life of Brian Epstein. Anyone here bi-curious?
OK, so here’s the fact: The only possible can be George Martin. George Martin produced nearly all the Beatles’ recordings and wrote the instrumental score for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album, and the string and horn (and even some vocal) arrangements for almost all of their songs (with the famous exception of the Phil Spector re-production Let It Be). Martin’s piano playing also appears on several of their tracks, including “Misery” and “In My Life”.
So is this just a rhetorical post or does someone disagree? If there is dissent here, let’s hear it and afterwards we’ll set up a poll and let The People decide.
WARNING: Arguments for Jeff Lynne will be immediately deleted.