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Hey John... I've got this friend named Keith and he can play raunch!
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meanmistermustard said

I cant see John putting up with Keith in his band for more than 5 minutes.

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Really interesting, thought provoking question. So many factors to consider in this alternate history! First, assuming they could all get along together for 10+ years...

Would Keith have been happy sticking to lead guitar or would he want the occasional vocal spotlight? I don't know.

Could he have harmonized as well as George? Um, no, almost certainly not. (But this wouldn't have mattered too much for certain late-period shouty numbers like "Birthday" or "I'm So Tired"; he'd fit in well on those.)

Would he have been willing to don a suit and get a Beatle haircut? I really don't know. In his book, he was all "we were in it for the music, we didn't care about making it big", but after a few years of going nowhere in Hamburg, who's to say he wouldn't have decided on an experimental career move. And if it was really about playing music, why should he really care what he was wearing while doing so?

Would they have been as visually appealing with Keith in place of George, or does Keith alter the mix too much? Well, I would think Keith is dangerous-handsome, at least as cute as Ringo (and nowhere as ugly as Mick Jagger!) but not "dreamy" like George. No doubt he'd be a lot of folks' favourite Beatle, just like Pete Best was in his time. But I'm not a young girl so what do I know?!

Would they have had to change their repertoire of cover material? Yes, somewhat. Keith would be fine with Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins and Motown and Arthur Alexander, but he'd also demand more straight blues and deep soul - maybe at the expense of "A Taste Of Honey" and the like.

Assuming Paul & John didn't offer any help, would Keith have developed as a songwriter on his own? Possibly. He's written any number of great, great riffs and melodies for the Stones, but I don't know how much input he's had as far as lyrics go.

Would Keith have brought the sitar and Indian music thing to the group? Probably not; Brian Jones was the Stone most responsible for exotica and unusual instrumentation.

Would Keith have responded well to Paul telling him how to play a certain guitar part? HAHAHAHA, yeah right, next question!

 

Any contrasting opinions responding to these specific points are welcomed!

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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