By mid-1960s, it was impossible to imagine how the music world would be without the Beatles, leave alone envisioning the band breaking up. The band that had been put together by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison in 1960 was going through what was popularly known as ‘Beatlemania,’ a fan addiction that surpassed Britain’s borders.
Even the departure of Starr never appeared to shake up the group as the other three made the band’s core. But like all good things, the strong band came tumbling in 1970 after a full decade of whirlwind success.
Each member rode the group’s popularity to a booming solo career, but that did not prevent Britain- and the world- from seeking answers as to who led to the collapse of their most iconic band at the time.
Initial blame went to Yoko Ono, the then wife of John Lennon. It was believed that Ono felt that Lennon was too good for the group and kept drilling it into him that other band members were holding him back and reaping from his sweat.
The narrative stuck for a long time despite attempts by the Beatles themselves to downplay it. In a 2013 interview, Paul McCartney insisted that John was headed towards the exit with or without his wife’s input. On the contrary. Mc Cartney says, Ono was an inspiration for John and the group and may have even contributed to the birth of some of the band’s best hits.
It may be a case of making peace with the past, but McCartney’s words might just be a good reason to free Ono. What should apportion the biggest blame is the Beatle’s own failure to grow with their fame that saw their egos lead them to unhealthy internal competition.
The dream was over because the dreamers woke up, and it’s not Ono who woke them up.