The Breakup Of The Greatest Band In History

By | October 22, 2021

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The band that took the world by storm. (Getty)

A few splits have rocked the collective world: Ross and Rachel, Kim and Kanye, the Koreas but few can match the disbanding of The Beatles. The greatest band in the world, maybe ever, took nations by storm. Beatlemania of the ‘60s would break the internet if it occurred today. 3,000 screaming fans nearly caused a riot when the British rock-and-roll quartet stepped off the plane at JFK airport. 73 million people and a whopping 40% of Americans tuned in to watch them make an appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Less than eight years later, the show was over and people have asked, “Who broke up The Beatles?” ever since. Was it the mysterious Yoko Ono, or the musical rivalry between Paul McCartney and John Lennon? Read on to find out what Sir McCartney revealed about the break-up of the world’s biggest band.

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George Harrison, Ringo Starr and wife Maureen, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Paul McCartney at the 1968 premiere of 'Yellow Submarine' (Harry Myers Rex)

The End Of Touring

When the Beatles ended their calamity-filled world tour in 1966, the Beatles’ divorce dominoes began to fall. Quotes from members of the band display their thought processes at the time. Ringo Starr told documentarians for the Beatles Anthology, “In 1966 the road was getting pretty boring. It was coming to the end for me. Nobody was listening at the shows. That was OK at the beginning, but we were playing really bad.”

After their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, “Right – that’s it, I’m not a Beatle anymore!” Later on, he admitted, “I began losing interest in being fab at that point.” However, Lennon dropped the biggest bomb, “I was thinking this is the end, really. There’s no more touring,” he said. “That means there’s going to be a blank space in the future. That’s when I really started considering life without the Beatles; what would it be? And that’s when the seed was planted that I had to somehow get out of the Beatles without being thrown out by the others.”