Paul McCartney and John Lennon were responsible for many of the Beatles’ hits. Although the duo often worked together and the group did not have a clear leader, they fought over a modicum of control over the group. McCartney believed that early in their years as a band, Lennon had taken a trip with the band’s manager to establish himself as the frontman.

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The Beatles hired Brian Epstein as their manager despite his lack of experience

In the early 1960s, Epstein was working in the music department of the family store when he heard about The Beatles. Curious about the band that so many had recommended to him, he went to see a live performance. Although the act wasn’t very polished – they ate and drank on stage – he saw their potential.

“I was immediately struck by their music, rhythm and sense of humor on stage,” he said, per Biography. “And even afterwards, when I met them, I was still struck by their personal charm and that’s where it all started.”

He had no experience as a band manager, but he convinced the band to hire him. With Epstein’s help, they became the biggest musical group in the world.

Paul McCartney thought John Lennon’s vacation with Brian Epstein was partly a power play

In 1963, shortly after the release of their first studio album please make me happy, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr went on vacation together. At the same time, Lennon and Epstein made a separate trip to Spain. McCartney thought Lennon did this to establish himself as the leader of the Beatles.

“Brian Epstein was going on vacation to Spain at the same time and he invited John with him,” he said in The Beatles Anthology. “John was a smart cookie. Brian was gay and John saw his chance to impress Mr. Epstein who was the boss of this group. I think that’s why he went on vacation with Brian. And good luck to him too – he was that kind of guy; he wanted Brian to know who he should listen to. It was the relationship. John was really the leader in that way, although it was never said.

Although McCartney alluded to the belief that Epstein gave Lennon preferential treatment because of his sexuality, Lennon’s ability to hang out with the manager without the rest of the group was said to have helped him. The Beatles were, for the most part, a forfeit. By forming a friendship with Epstein as an individual, Lennon may have stood out to the manager.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon said the Beatles fell apart after Brian Epstein’s death

After Epstein’s untimely death in 1967, the Beatles were left in shock. He had taken care of everything for them. They mourned their manager and also found they struggled to function as a band without him.

“I mean, we’ve been very negative since Mr. Epstein passed away,” McCartney said in The Beatles: Come Back. “And that’s why all of us, in turn, got fed up with the group. This is [the] discipline that we lack. We never had discipline. We had a sort of slight symbolic discipline. Like Mr. Epstein.

Although they remained together for several years, Lennon said Epstein’s death marked the end of the Beatles.

“After Brian died, we fell apart,” he said rolling stone in 1970. “Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what leads us, when we turn in circles? We then broke up. It was disintegration.

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