Would the Beatles still be the Beatles in The Gibson Lounge Posted Friday at 08:43 PM · Report reply They were simply in the right place at the right time, within the ongoing evolution of music. Add to that a degree of talent & personality that made them stand out a bit taller than others in a similar crowd of boy bands. Then after their initial success, add the money, management, & studio facilities which allowed their creative minds to free-flow. Venuti & Lang, Reinhardt & Grappelli, Goodman & Christian, Bill Monroe, and so many others were part of an extended blues-tinged foundation that borrowed from elements of American Blues - all of which eventually created the opportunity for British boys to discover & emulate the recordings of people like Freddie King, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters, etc, etc, etc. The Beatles were not musically the best of the British bands in 1964, during a period where groups were essentially playing some very similar stuff based on the above - but they could certainly sing & harmonize, and they were "cute" to boot. It was a combination that could only have occurred in that particular moment, in that particular era. As Paul McCartney has said many times: "We were just a band."