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The Fifth Beatle is an informal title that various commentators in the press and entertainment industry have applied to persons who were at one point a member of The Beatles, or who had a strong association with the "Fab Four" other than John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The "Fifth Beatle" claims appeared in the press immediately upon the band's sensational rise to global fame in 1963-1964 as the most famous quartet in pop culture. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ...


At the Beatles' 1988 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, George Harrison at one point stated that there were only two "fifth Beatles": Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall.[1] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... Neil Aspinall (born in Prestatyn, North Wales, October 13, 1942) was the road manager and personal assistant for the Beatles. ...

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Early group members

Before they became famous, the Beatles actually did sometimes have five members, so the following people could all be called "the fifth Beatle."


Pete Best

Drummer Pete Best (replaced by Ringo Starr in August 1962) has one of the strongest claims to being called a "fifth Beatle". But in fact Best has only rarely been labeled as such, and generally only in recent years to promote his public appearances. The implicit connotation with the "fifth Beatle" title is that the fifth member was a substantial creative, personality, or business contributor to the band, and Best (rightly or wrongly) has never widely been perceived as any of these. During the Beatles' 1960s fame, he was viewed as a footnote, and has been mostly regarded as "the drummer the Beatles fired before hiring Ringo." “Peter Best” redirects here. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Stuart Sutcliffe

Bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe left the band in 1961, and died of a brain hemorrhage shortly thereafter. The air of mystery and tragedy around him contributed to the Beatles' early fame and their legend.[citation needed] Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a British musician and artist who, until his early death, worked in a style related to Abstract Expressionism. ... A cerebral hemorrhage is a bleed into the substance of the cerebrum. ...


Sutcliffe was an accomplished painter, but when compared to the other Beatles, his musical skills were described as "adequate",[1] and his involvement in the band was mainly a consequence of his friendship with Lennon. Nonetheless, he was an important early influence on the band, especially in the development of their image.[citation needed]


Others

Members of precursor bands (such as the Quarrymen) like Pete Shotton, Colin Hanton, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths, and Rod Davis, or any one of a number of temporary Beatles drummers, most notably Andy White (the session drummer for the commonly-heard version of "Love Me Do") and Tommy Moore have, less often, been discussed in this context. The Quarry Men were a little-known skiffle group formed around Liverpool, England in March 1957 by John Lennon. ... Boyhood friend of John Lennon of the Beatles, who also attended Dovedale Primary and Quarry Bank schools. ... Colin Hanton was a drummer for The Quarrymen - the band which would later become The Beatles. ... The Quarry Men were a little-known skiffle group formed around Liverpool, England in March 1957 by John Lennon. ... Eric Griffiths (October 31, 1940 – January 29, 2005) was the guitarist in the original lineup of The Quarry Men until he left the group in the summer of 1958. ... Andy White (born 1930 in Scotland) is a drummer, best known for playing drums on some of the recordings of the Beatles first single, Love Me Do. White was a studio drummer in the 1950s and 1960sin London, recording with artists like Billy Fury, Marlene Dietrich, Hermans Hermits and... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ...


Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein.
Brian Epstein.

Brian Epstein, the band's manager from 1961 until his death in 1967, was instrumental in the Beatles' rise to global fame. Epstein "discovered" the band in Liverpool, saw their potential, and never wavered in his faith and commitment to them. He purposefully restricted his oversight of the band to business matters and public image, and wisely gave them free creative reign in their music. Epstein also doggedly sought a recording contract for the band in London at a crucial moment in their career, fighting their perception as provincial "northern" musicians. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 410 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1828 × 2672 pixel, file size: 638 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 410 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1828 × 2672 pixel, file size: 638 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Epstein's death in essence marked the beginning of the Beatles' dissolution, as Lennon admitted later. Because he was not creatively involved with the band, Epstein was infrequently called the "fifth Beatle", but over the years he and producer George Martin have clearly been recognized as the inner circle members who most profoundly affected the band's career. In an interview in the 1990s describing Epstein's involvement in the band's rise to fame, George Martin declared "He's the fifth Beatle, if there ever was one". For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ...


Paul McCartney summarized the importance of Epstein to the Beatles when he was interviewed, in 1997, for a BBC documentary about Epstein. He stated: "If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian." [2] Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ...


George Martin

George Martin.

The label is often applied to George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Beatles' recordings (later songs "Real Love" and "Free as a Bird" were produced by Jeff Lynne) and wrote the instrumental score for the Yellow Submarine film and soundtrack album, and the string and horn (and even some vocal) arrangements for almost all of their songs (with the famous exception of the Phil Spector re-production "Let It Be"). His arrangement of the string octet backing for "Eleanor Rigby" was widely noted. Martin's extensive musical training (which he received at the Guildhall School of Music) and sophisticated guidance in the studio are often credited as fundamental contributions to the work of the Beatles; he was without question a key part of the synergy responsible for transforming a good rock-and-roll group into the most celebrated popular musicians of their era. Martin's piano playing also appears on several of their tracks, including "Misery" and "In My Life". Martin himself deflects claims of being the "fifth Beatle" to Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. More recently, George Martin has inadvertently strengthened his image as the "fifth Beatle" by contributing the only piece of new music on the LOVE soundtrack: a string arrangement on top of George Harrison's solo acoustic demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps from Anthology 3. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... Real Love is a song originally written and performed as a demo by John Lennon, and later reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in late 1995. ... Free As A Bird is a song, single and video released by The Beatles in December 1995 as part of their reunion and promotion around the release of the video documentary Anthology and their Anthology 1 compilation album. ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... For the song, see Yellow Submarine (song). ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... Music sample Eleanor Rigby ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Categories: University stubs | Performing arts education in London ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... In My Life is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and first appeared on The Beatles 1965 album Rubber Soul. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... Love is a soundtrack compilation album by The Beatles released in November 2006. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a rock song by The Beatles from the double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ...


Tony Sheridan

While performing in Hamburg between 1960 and 1963, musician Tony Sheridan employed various backup bands. In 1961 the Beatles (comprising Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Pete Best), who had met Sheridan during their first visit to Hamburg in 1960, worked with him on their second. When German Polydor agent Bert Kaempfert saw the pairing on stage, he suggested that they make some recordings together. (At that period in time, Sheridan was the bigger name, with The Beatles as his backing band.) In 1962, after a series of singles (the first of which, "My Bonnie"/"The Saints" made it to #5 in the Hit Parade), Polydor released the album My Bonnie across Germany. The word "Beatles" was judged to sound too similar to the German "Pidels" (pronounce peedles), the plural of a slang term for penis, so the album was credited to "Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers". After the Beatles had gained fame, the album was re-released in Britain, with the credit altered to "Tony Sheridan and the Beatles". Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... “Peter Best” redirects here. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; October 16, 1923 - June 21, 1980) was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Bonnie was a 1962 album by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, better known as the Beatles. ... When the Saints Go Marching In, so well-known that it is often referred to merely as The Saints, is a United States gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. ... My Bonnie was a 1962 album by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, better known as the Beatles. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ...


Billy Preston

Apart from Sheridan, pianist Billy Preston was the only artist to receive joint credit on a Beatles single, on "Get Back". Preston also played the organ on "Let It Be" and the Rhodes electric piano on "Don't Let Me Down". Preston had been introduced to the Beatles during the early 1960s, but did not work with them until 1969, when Harrison invited him to join them for recording sessions in order to defuse tensions in the band. Lennon once suggested that Preston join the Beatles, but the idea was dismissed by the others. On the Let it Be album where Preston's performances are used the song credits list "with Billy Preston," clearly identifying him as separate from the main group, yet also giving him a level of individuality that separated him from studio session players. To distinguish him from the common level of controversy over who is the Fifth Beatle, he is sometimes given the unique title of the "Black Beatle". William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Music sample Get Back ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Let It Be track listing Dig It (5) Let It Be (6) Maggie Mae (7) Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney), released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970 and later the same year as the title track of their... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Jimmy Nicol

During the band's 1964 tour, Ringo became ill and the Dutch and Danish legs of the tour were almost cancelled. Instead of cancelling, however, the band hired another drummer, Jimmy Nicol, to stand in until Ringo recovered. The photographer following the band for the 1964 tour, Harry Benson, recalls in his book The Beatles in the Beginning, that "John was pleasant to Nicol, Paul was ambivalent, and George downright didn't like him and thought he was too pushy." George and Ringo were close and Ringo felt threatened that he was being replaced, even if it were for just a small portion of the tour. James George Nicol, known as Jimmie Nicol or Jimmy Nicol, is an English musician born August 3, 1939. ...


Nicol made the most of his time in the most famous band. He signed autographs and gave interviews. He was a good drummer too. Eventually there were rumours that Ringo would be replaced, but Jimmy eventually was not accepted as a member of the group, and many fans reacted with disappointment, through letters and telegrams, that Ringo might be replaced. Eventually Ringo rejoined the band on June 14th, in Melbourne, Australia. The next day Nicol, after playing a number of concerts in Sydney and Adelaide, giving interviews and signing autographs was escorted to the airport by Brian Epstein and flew home to Britain. It was later reported that Nicol was paid 500 pounds for the gigs and was given a gold watch as a memento. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ...


It is suggested, perhaps apocryphally, that the phrase "It's getting better" in the track Getting Better (on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album) was inspired by Nicol's stock response to repeated solicitous inquiries during his time with the band as to how he was coping. Getting Better is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney based on an original idea by McCartney. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ...


Other candidates

Other people who have been referred to as (or claimed to be) "the Fifth Beatle" include:


Other "Non-Musician" Fifth Beatles

Other than Brian Epstein, there have been various "non-musician" individuals that have been referred to as or claimed to be "the Fifth Beatle":

  • Neil Aspinall, assistant, road manager and close personal friend of the four (eventually ascending to head the Beatles' company Apple Corps). The four once claimed he was indeed the fifth member.
  • Alf Bicknell, driver, roadie and friend. He released a DVD titled The Beatles Diary, in which he shares stories of his experiences with the Beatles.
  • Wilfred Brambell, probably the only man who could honestly claim to be one of the five stars of a Beatle movie (A Hard Day's Night).
  • Mal Evans, roadie, assistant, and friend. His roles as Hammond organ player on "You Won't See Me," 'anvil player' on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," and his solo on alarm clock on "A Day in the Life" should also be taken into account.
  • Photographer Astrid Kirchherr, girlfriend of Stuart Sutcliffe and acquaintance of Sutcliffe's then-fellow Beatles (Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Best), might also belong on this list; in addition to taking early photos of the "Hamburg Line-up", she was long rumored to have created the Beatles' "mop-top" hairstyle (the latter claim has been refuted by Kirchherr herself). Nevertheless, she, like Sutcliffe, is considered an early influence on the band and the development of their image.[citation needed]
  • Derek Taylor, press agent and confidant of the four; later press officer for Apple Corps. As a VIP at Apple, Taylor had a major role in the company's ups and downs, making or enforcing many crucial business and personal decisions, for the Beatles and Apple's staff, and witnessing many key moments in the latter days of both. As mentioned above, Harrison once claimed he, alongside Aspinall, was the fifth member.

Neil Aspinall (born in Prestatyn, North Wales, October 13, 1942) was the road manager and personal assistant for the Beatles. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Wilfrid Brambell (born March 22, 1912 in Dublin, Ireland; died January 18, 1985 in London, England, UK) was an Irish film and television actor, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. ... The film A Hard Days Night (1964) is a mockumentary written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. ... Malcolm Mal Evans (27 May 1935 – 5 January 1976). ... You Wont See Me is a song by the British 60s rock group The Beatles, on the album Rubber Soul. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... A Day in the Life is a song composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Beatles for their album Sgt. ... Astrid Kirchherr (born 20 May 1938) is a German photographer and artist, and is well-known for her association with The Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voorman and Jürgen Vollmer) and her photographs of The Beatles while they were in Hamburg. ... Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ...

Other Musical Fifth Beatles

During the Beatles' existence (1962-70 and the Anthology project), several musicians recorded with the Beatles in a more limited capacity, either on a Beatles' album, or on another artist's album with two or more Beatles members appearing. Hence, these artists could be dubbed "the Fifth Beatle" for a single track or two: The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...

  • Eric Clapton, who played guitar on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Also held a close friendship with all four Beatles, especially Harrison, and was a major influence on his guitar-playing during their latter half.
  • Nicky Hopkins, who played the electric piano solo on "Revolution".
  • Jackie Lomax, whose minor hit "Sour Milk Sea" was composed by Harrison and had the group (sans Lennon) performing on the track as backing artists. Lomax also appeared on a Beatles recording. While recording his first Apple label solo LP (Is This What You Want?) at Abbey Road Studios, the group, in the midst of recording The White Album, asked Lomax to contribute to the background vocals on the track "Dear Prudence" .
  • Jeff Lynne, who co-produced and played a number of guitar parts on "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" for The Beatles Anthology. He and his band, the Electric Light Orchestra was also given the title "The Son Of Beatles" by John Lennon. Furthermore, Lynne has worked with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr in at least some projects.
  • Paul McCartney's wife Linda might also belong in this list, as she apparently provided backing vocals on either Let It Be or Hey Jude (McCartney can't seem to decide which) as well as "Birthday".
  • John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono. Ono contributed vocals on several of John's songs on The White Album, including "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill."
  • Phil Spector, credited as "re-producer" of Let It Be. The January 1969 recordings for the album, produced during a time of tremendous strife among the band members, were somewhat lacking, and the band didn't seem to want to have anything more to do with them. Leaving the tapes with engineer Glyn Johns, they told him to come back with an album. In May 1969, Johns came back with the best he could do, and the Beatles rejected it. Spector had been lobbying for a long time to work with the Beatles, so, in March 1970, he was given the tapes and re-worked them. However, his use of his famous Wall of Sound style with the Beatles music has had nearly as many detractors as fans over the years, and Let It Be eventually became the only Beatles album to be re-titled and re-released in a substantially different form (Let It Be... Naked), with Spector's overdubs largely removed.
  • James Taylor, whose song Carolina on My Mind on his self-titled album (the only one recorded for Apple) featured appearances by Harrison and McCartney.
  • Klaus Voormann, who was in contact with all the Beatles since the Hamburg days in the early 1960s. He designed the Revolver album cover for them in 1966. In addition, he played bass guitar on many singles and albums released by John, George, and Ringo after the breakup through the mid-1970s. For a time in the early 70s, rumors spread that he would replace Paul in a new configuration of the band, possibly accompanied by Billy Preston. This line-up is sometimes referred to as "The Ladders". (See also: "I'm The Greatest")

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Spurious/joke claims

Other well known persons who have been called "the Fifth Beatle" include: Image File history File links MurraytheK_Beatles. ...

  • George Best, star footballer of the 1960s, owing to his huge talent, enormous popularity, long-haired good looks and celebrity lifestyle. Best was dubbed "El Beatle" by the Portuguese press after scoring two goals for Manchester United in a 5 - 1 victory in Lisbon against Benfica in the European Cup in 1965. [2][3][4].
  • Tatsuya Ishida, comic artist, creator of Sinfest comic strip, jokingly called himself "fifth Beatle" in the epigraph of his strip "Conscious Again"[5] in 2000-04-30
  • Larry Kane, a long time Philadelphia news anchor who traveled with the Beatles on their first US tour[citation needed].
  • Little Richard, whose gift for flamboyant self-promotion is legendary, good-naturedly claims to have "taught the Beatles everything they knew" and at times has laid claim to the title. Indeed, Richard's songs and style influenced the early Beatles, and Paul McCartney's powerful vocal covers of his songs such as "Long Tall Sally" were important in the Beatles' early career. In reality, Richards' personal interaction with the Beatles occurred over a few days in early 1963, when the Beatles were second bill to Richard at several UK performances.
  • Broadcaster Brian Matthew, who introduced Saturday Club on the BBC Light Programme during the 1960s, remarked on a 2006 edition of BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 60s (15 July 2006) that, not only had Best been accorded the "fifth Beatle" eponym, but that he himself had, on one occasion, been referred to as such.
  • Murray the K, a New York disc-jockey who was jokingly dubbed the "fifth Beatle" by George Harrison. Murray was one of the few who actually promoted himself with the title of Fifth Beatle. He is credited with coining the term "Fifth Beatle" when he referred to himself on air as such in 1964.
  • Ed Rudy, the only American news reporter to travel with The Beatles on their entire first U.S. visit[6].
  • William Campbell, Paul McCartney's replacement according to the "Paul is dead" theory.

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"The Fifth Beatle" in popular culture

  • The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, often referred to as the fifth Beatle (cited above), was the inspiration for the forthcoming film The Fifth Beatle.
  • Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, was often referred to as the fifth Beatle, as a result of his similar effect to society and culture through entertainment. [citation needed]
  • Eddie Murphy starred in a 1983 Saturday Night Live sketch, playing the role of "Clarence", a man who claimed to be the fifth Beatle, as saxophonist, who was kicked out by John and Paul because they wanted to steal the glory. The sketch featured Clarence's "proof" of his claims: Some out-of-tune saxophone and backing vocal parts clumsily overdubbed on a few Beatles songs, and an obviously phony picture of Clarence standing in the middle of the four Beatles. The clearly unbelieving tv-show host, portrayed by Joe Piscopo, demands further proof of his claims. So "Clarence" offers up a recording of a Beatles song played 'backwards', which reveals two Liverpudlian accented males declaring 'Hey Paul, let's get rid of Clarence and steal all of his good ideas!'
  • Another Saturday Night Live sketch in 1988 portrayed controversial John Lennon biographer Albert Goldman as the fifth Beatle.
  • In the episode Lisa the Vegetarian of The Simpsons animated television show featuring Paul and Linda McCartney included a scene in which Apu Nahasapeemapetilon claimed to be the fifth Beatle (though he mispronounces it "Bee-at-el" (rhymes with Seattle, also the same mispronunciation used by the Eastern cult in the film Help!); Paul's eye-rolling response: "Sure you were, Apu."
  • An edition of BBC comedy Fist of Fun featured a "special guest" (played by Kevin Eldon) who claimed to be the tenth Beatle, on the basis that there were only five people with better claim to be the fifth Beatle than him. The fact that he was born in 1971 didn't appear to be a problem to the man as he remarks, with some wonder "If I had been born twenty years earlier, I could have been the fifth Beatle!"
  • In the Blizzard RTS PC game Warcraft 3, the Crypt Lord Anub'arak says "I'm the fifth beetle" after being repeatedly clicked on.
  • In the film The Million Dollar Hotel the character Dixie, played by Peter Stormare believes himself to be the fifth Beatle.
  • The Rutles's All you need is cash refers to a "fifth Rutle", "Leppo", who "disappeared [in Hamburg] after stepping into a small chest with a small German fraulein"

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Notes

References

Benson, Harry, The Beatles In The Beginning. New York: Universe Publishing, 1993. ISBN 0-87663-642-3.


Tribute Band

"Fifth Beatle" is also the name taken by a Beatles tribute band based in Birmingham, England.


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Fifth Beatle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1699 words)
Before they became famous, The Beatles actually did have five members for a time, so "the fifth Beatle" has been used, accurately, to describe their bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe, who left the band in 1962, and died of a brain hemorrhage shortly thereafter.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, often referred to as the fifth Beatle (cited above), was the inspiration for the forthcoming film The Fifth Beatle.
Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, was often referred to as the fifth Beatle, as a result of his similar effect to society and culture through entertainment.
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and he became the so-called "fifth beatle" because he was really big on our record.
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beatle kardeþler boþuna eveleyip gevelemesinler, þarkýlarýn haklarýný satarak, maykýl ceksýn þarkýcýsýný kendileri yaptýlar beþinci beatle.
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