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Did the Beatles really come from bugs, or how did the iconic band get its name

Perhaps one of the most intriguing questions... And today we set out to find the answer.

How The Beatles got their name, and what "bugs" have to do with it

If someone abroad hears the word "beetleIf you think of a Volkswagen Beetle, for example, or the iconic Liverpool Four. For example, you might think of the Volkswagen Beetle or... the iconic Liverpool Four. Yes, yes, in fact, many people's first thought would be of the The Beatlesdespite the change in spelling. Perhaps the most famous band in the world has a really quite simple name from a phonetic point of view. But it didn't come about all at once.

Before setting the record for the most number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in their short 10 years together, the band had a few more names (that even some fans don't know about). In the decades since, the Beatles have been told, and even written about countless entertaining storieswhere some truths are mixed with "folklore". So to get to the truth and understand how the band came to its final name, we need to go back to Liverpool in 1956. That's when a teenage boy John Lennon and his friends played in a skiffle band called The Blackjacks. They didn't perform publicly until they changed their name to The Quarrymen - in honour of Quarry Bank High School, which Lennon attended. So: let's begin our investigation....

Background

The Beatles
The Beatles

After the fact. Paul McCartney and George Harrison. joined The Quarrymen, the name changed to The Rainbows - in honour of the fact that they first performed in brightly coloured outfits. Then they were Johnny and the Moondogs, but so far the truth is a long way off.....

But! Between 1959 and the band's first use of the name The Beatles in 1961, a friend of Lennon's joined them, Stu Sutcliffe.

Early The Beatles in Arnhem
Early The Beatles in Arnhem

There is a hypothesis that supposedly it was he who suggested that they should think of some insect, as they were all fans of Buddy Holly and The Crickets (which stands for "crickets"). And it was after that that the idea of bugs was born, but only at first it was Silver Bugs and Long John and the Silver Bugs.

How the letter "A" in the name came to be

The Beatles
The Beatles

There are several versions of the story of how the Beatles took the letter "А" in its title. According to a humorous article from a John Lennon interview published in 1961, in which the musician whimsically described inspiration in an exaggerated and nonsensical dream sequence:

"It came in a vision - a man appeared on a flaming cake and said to us, 'From this day forward, you are A-bugs! 'Thank you, Mr Man,' we said, thanking him."

Legendary musician and performer John Lennon
Legendary musician and performer John Lennon

Most sources, however, state that it was Lennon's love for the play on words led them to eventually adopt the letter "A". John himself explained in a 1964 interview:

"It was beats and bugs, and when you said it, people thought of crawling things, and when you read it, it was beat music."

George Harrison's rebuttal

Harrison gained his greatest fame as the lead guitarist for The Beatles.
Harrison is best known as the lead guitarist for The Beatles

Years after Lennon's death, his ex-colleague. George Harrison stated in the documentary The Beatles Anthology that the band's name actually came about for other reasons. Harrison claimed that the name The Beatles came from director László Benedek's 1953 cult film "Wild.". In the film. Marlon Brando played a character named Johnny and was in a gang called "Bugs.". This version sounds very convincing, considering that at first the band "flirted" with the name "Johnny and the Beetles" as well as "Long John and the Silver Beetles".

Remarkably, but many years later. Yoko Ono said that by talking about his incredible dreams in that humorous interview John actually came up with the title for Paul McCartney's album "Flaming Pie.". That's the story!

In conclusion

The Beatles
The Beatles

Given all the possible explanations, there's no real way to know for sure how they came up with the final version of the Beatles with an "A". Not to mention that the Magnificent Four were notorious for their ironic answers in interviews: the Beatles never didn't take the interviewers seriously. They were once asked what the Beatles stood for, and their answer was:

"The Beatles are just us!"

Which version do you think more realistic? Share your opinion in the comments, maybe together we will get to the truth.....

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