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- Posted on May 24th 2011 8:30AM by Chris Mugan
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In an interview published on Tuesday, May 24, Sir Paul said the Stones' singer called the Beatles the "four-headed monster." He also reckons much of their success was due to good timing.
Quoted in the Radio Times (via the Daily Telegraph), he says, "I talked to Keith Richards recently... well, a couple of years ago, and his take on it was, 'Man, you were lucky, you guys, you had four lead singers,' whereas the Rolling Stones only had one."
He added, "So [for the Beatles] it wasn't just the frontman and the back-up band. We were an entity. Mick used to call us the four-headed monster. We would show up at places all dressed the same." Sir Paul also credits the Beatles' success to timing -- especially because they avoided one or two years of national service.
"A couple of years earlier, we would have been in the Army, and it's very doubtful that the Beatles would have formed," he says. "We would have been at Aldershot, or wherever, in various camps, and might not have even met."
Having seen UK artists fail to break the US, the Fab Four planned their conquest, delaying their arrival until they had a No. 1 there with 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.'
"We saw a lot of British acts go to America, and come back not having had the great success we thought they would have," he explains, citing Cliff Richard as an example. "We were a bit surprised by that. But I remember my reaction: OK we have got to think about this."