There have been a number of “5th Beatles” during the bands years together: Jimmie Nicol (who replaced a sick Ringo on their 1964 tour), Billy Preston, Tony Sheridan, and even Eric Clapton. But for my money there was only one true 5th Beatle – George Martin. Martin was the guiding force during the Pepper years and should get much of the credit for bringing John and Paul’s visions of the songs to life. Paul would hum how he wanted the horns to sound like in Penny Lane, and Martin would then go off and write the musical notation for what he just heard. Lennon recorded two versions of Strawberry Fields but couldn’t choose which one he liked better, so he asked Martin to “make it work”. Martin went and spliced the two songs together and the rest is history. Incredible talent and worthy of being called one of The Beatles!
There are 4 divisions for the songs:
DIVISION 1: The Clean Cut Years
These are songs from the first 3 Beatles albums –Please Please Me, With The Beatles, and Hard Days Night.
DIVISION 2: The Shaggy Years
These are songs from the next 3 Beatles albums –Beatles For Sale, Help, and Rubber Soul
DIVISION 3: The Mustache Years
These are songs from the middle 3 Beatles albums – Revolver, Sgt Peppers, and Magical Mystery Tour
DIVISION 4: The Beard Years
These are songs from the last 3 Beatles albums – The Beatles (The White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be
After each Division crowns one song as the winner, those songs will battle each other in the final fight to determine which Beatles song is the BEST! Enough talk, let’s get to the battles
Division 3: The Mustache Years
Tomorrow Never Knows
Strawberry Fields Forever
A Day In the Life