In an essay in this month’s issue of The Atlantic, Colin Fleming argues that the Fab Four’s most emblematic, “Beatle-esque” year was 1963, before they’d even made it big in the States. His evidence? A set of sessions that John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded that year at the BBC, which Fleming argues are the quintessence of everything the grouped would be come.
Photo: The Beatles pose in Liverpool’s Derby Square in February 1963. Michael Ward/Getty Images
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