10 Things You Didn't Know About Klaatu: The Fake Beatles

A sticker depicting Ringo Starr as the alien Klaatu that was released to promote his 1974 album 'Goodnight Vienna.' (Photo by Paul Chesne/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

In 1976, a faceless band named Klaatu (not The Beatles) accidentally stirred controversy with the release of their album 3:47 EST. Fans and journalists alike theorized that the group's jangly guitars and vocal patterns ripped straight from Abbey Road weren't just coming from a Beatles soundalike group but from The Beatles themselves.

Released half a decade after the very public end of The Beatles, Klaatu's music gave audiences something to hold onto. Was this mysterious band the return of the Fab Four? Columbia Records certainly wanted audiences to think that's what was happening even if the label was actually just as clueless as everyone else.