The Legendary Group John Lennon Called ‘Son of Beatles’

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Legendary Group John Lennon Called ‘Son of Beatles’

Since the Beatles broke up, many music followers have questioned what would have occurred in the event that they stayed collectively. John Lennon had an thought of what they’d have appeared like in the event that they saved making music. Surprisingly, he pointed to a different well-known British band as sounding like a continuation of the Beatles.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon in 1963 | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

The British band the Beatles would have resembled

Electric Light Orchestra, generally referred to as ELO, was one of the widespread British bands of the 1970s. Many critics in contrast ELO to the Beatles. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, John mentioned he mentioned they have been “a nice group. … I call them ‘Son of Beatles.’ … I remember a statement they made when they first formed was to carry on from where the Beatles left off … and they certainly did.”

In an interview with Loudersound, ELO founder Jeff Lynne was requested about this remark. “Oh yeah. I was shocked when he said it. I’ve actually got a recording of him saying that.”

Lynne recalled that John “was a guest DJ on an American radio show in New York, and he said: ‘Nice little group, these. I love this group.’ He got talking about [our song] “Showdown,” and mentioned: ‘I thought this would be Number One, but [label] United Artists never got their fingers out.’ It was improbable.”

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“Showdown” by the Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne was there when the Beatles recorded a traditional monitor

When requested if he was a Beatles fan, Lynne mentioned “Right from the beginning. Please Please Me turned me on to them and I grew to become a extremely nice fan. I’ve had numerous luck relating to the Beatles.”

He added “When I was recording with the Idle Race in London in 1968, a friend of our engineer phoned the studio to say he was working on a Beatles session at Abbey Road. He told us we could go down there to have a look if we wanted. Maybe it was only me who went in the end, but I saw Paul and Ringo in Studio 3, doing a piano and vocal.”

He added “Then I got invited into Studio 2, where John and George were in the control room. Down below, in the actual studio, George Martin was hurling himself around this pedestal, conducting the string section for ‘Glass Onion.’” “Glass Onion” has one of the haunting string sections within the Beatles’ catalogue, so it was definitely an honor for Lynne to be there.

Jeff Lynne’s disappointment and triumph

The Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne | Michael Putland/Getty Images

Lynne recalled extra particulars of his expertise. “I was blown away. Nobody had heard it yet, but there I was in Abbey Road, actually listening to it being made. I stayed for maybe half an hour, then I thought it would be polite to leave, because you feel a bit of a dick in that company. So I went back to where the Idle Race were recording and, of course, it didn’t sound quite so good.”

Lynne’s admiration for the Beatles finally developed right into a collaboration of kinds. AllMusic says he labored on the Fab Four’s monitor “Free as a Bird.” The identical publication says that music was launched as a single within the 1990s. Since John mentioned the Beatles would have developed right into a band like ELO, Lynne was an ideal selection for the monitor.

Also see: Beatles: Why You Never Got to Hear Their Lost Song ‘Carnival of Light’

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