The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most important bands in the history of music, with elements of their influence ubiquitous in popular culture even to this day. The group revolutionised music during their relatively short time together both in terms of live performances and with their innovations in the recording studio.
Their rise from schoolkids garnering a following in their native Merseyside to becoming some of the most well-known stars on planet earth in space of just a few years has been told time and time again throughout the years in various forms of media.
However, despite the group's popularity, there a number of stories about the famous four that even many of the most devoted Beatles superfans may not be familiar with.
Despite their massive influence on the world of music, there is so much more to John, Paul, George, and Ringo that has been left out of the retroactive mythologies surrounding the band. Some of this is good, some bad, and some ugly, but all are equally worth looking back on to find out some lesser-known facts about one of the best bands of all time.
10. George Had An Affair With Ringo's Wife
By the late 1960s, the Beatles had spent the better part of a decade in constant contact with each other and cracks had begun to emerge between the group, to say the least.
These tumultuous times were also taking their toll on the fab four's personal lives, as the long-standing friendships between the group's members began to be tested by external matters.
After the breakup of the group in the early 1970s, the relationships between the former bandmates continued to deteriorate, possibly best exemplified by when George Harrison engaged in an affair with Ringo's wife Maureen Starkey.
The story goes that George announced his intentions at a dinner party at Ringo's house in front of his then-wife and former bandmate, before engaging in a brief fling with Maureen.
The affair would mark the beginning of the end of George's marriage to Pattie Boyd, who would later go on to marry legendary guitarist and close friend of Harrison, Eric Clapton.
This free love stuff all seems kinda confusing...