THERE’S no magical mystery about the lasting popularity of the Beatles, in spite of the group breaking up in 1970, as scores of visitors book Beatles Walking tours with Brilliant Liverpool Tours.
The Beatles’ influence remains so widespread and profound that it continues to inspire pop and rock performers across the world today. Yet the Beatles could only have come out of Liverpool. As their manager, Brian Epstein, dubbed by Paul McCartney as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, said back in the mid-1960s: “It was essential.”
The influence of Liverpool’s Celtic (Irish, Welsh and Scottish) families with their love of performance and song combined with transatlantic liner stewards bringing in rock ‘n’ roll records during the mid-1950s – plus a huge dollop of talent – set the receptive teenage Beatles on their course to change popular music across the world forever.