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Ahhh Girl
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3 November 2013 - 12.39am

Well, since the fellow who started the thread answered one question that was posed, I guess it is okay if we all do ... as long as we then add a question that is based off the last question posed. That's the way I see it. If wrong, let me know.

What if mmm's question were true, would we have "Abbey Road?"

(On a side note, ack we are at the end of the Beatles. The what ifs might dry up quickly.?.? If so, can anyone bring us around to the early 60's?)

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3 November 2013 - 1.38am

The first Abbey Road sessions came, more-or-less, straight off the back of the Get Back sessions. Work began on I Want You on 22 February. They were studio beasts by that time. Had been since 1967. There would always have been a second 1969 album. (Which is what Abbey Road was, even if the first wasn't released until 1970!)

What if The Beatles hadn't met Billy Preston in Hamburg in '62?

There! Make the next something early off the back of that! Dragged it back to the beginning!

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3 November 2013 - 1.55am

mja6758 said
The first Abbey Road sessions came, more-or-less, straight off the back of the Get Back sessions. Work began on I Want You on 22 February. They were studio beasts by that time. Had been since 1967. There would always have been a second 1969 album. (Which is what Abbey Road was, even if the first wasn't released until 1970!)

What if The Beatles hadn't met Billy Preston in Hamburg in '62?

There! Make the next something early off the back of that! Dragged it back to the beginning!

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What if The Beatles had never discovered Prellies while in Hamburg?

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3 November 2013 - 12.42pm

What if the Beatles had never gone to Hamburg?

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5 November 2013 - 7.59pm

What if the Beatles had never had the opportunity because they never met Allan Williams?

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Ahhh Girl
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7 November 2013 - 4.57pm

What if Germany had won WWII? Would The Beatles have ever had a chance to exist, much less ever go to Hamburg?

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7 November 2013 - 5.06pm

Ahhh Girl said
What if Germany had won WWII? 

Then John would never have written the line "The English army had just won the war…"

Sorry, I don't have a "What if…" prepared here. Somebody else will hopefully pick up the ball and run with it.

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7 November 2013 - 7.40pm

What if The Beatles had had to undertake their Nation Service conscription?

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26 February 2014 - 5.46pm

meanmistermustard said
What if The Beatles had had to undertake their Nation Service conscription?

They Probably wouldn't have been able to go to Hamburg and Stu and Astrid would never meet.

What if Paul died December 8, 1980 instead of John?

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27 February 2014 - 4.14am

Annadog40 said

meanmistermustard said
What if The Beatles had had to undertake their Nation Service conscription?

They Probably wouldn't have been able to go to Hamburg and Stu and Astrid would never meet.

What if Paul died December 8, 1980 instead of John?

Well, a song similar to Here Today, titled Wish You Were Here, appears on the 1983 John Lennon LP, Rubber Ono Band.

What if JFK doesn't get assassinated?

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Annadog40 said

meanmistermustard said
What if The Beatles had had to undertake their Nation Service conscription?

They Probably wouldn't have been able to go to Hamburg and Stu and Astrid would never meet.

What if Paul died December 8, 1980 instead of John?

Well, a song similar to Here Today, titled Wish You Were Here, appears on the 1983 John Lennon LP, Rubber Ono Band.

What if JFK doesn't get assassinated?

Then this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.....:_Reloaded would not exist

What if Yoko Ono became a conservative in the 70's?

 

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6 March 2014 - 4.02pm

What if John never met Yoko?

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6 March 2014 - 4.04pm

OneCoolCat said
What if John never met Yoko?

To ask a question you got to answer the previous question then ask your question or else it could be all questions and no answers

 

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6 March 2014 - 4.11pm

Oh, I see.

um, Yoko would have been more tolerable to deal with personality wise as well as media wise. 

What if John never met Yoko?

 

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6 March 2014 - 4.50pm

I'm not sure if this is the most appropriate thread, but today I read that Norman Smith, when applying for a job as trainee engineer, lied about his age (the limit was 28, and he was in his mid-30s). If he hadn't got the job, would that have affected the Beatles' sound in any way?

EDIT: Realised I have to answer the previous question. Hmm, well we wouldn't have 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko', for sure.

In case my original question isn't answerable, what if Stu had stayed in the band?

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6 March 2014 - 5.06pm

If Normal Norman wasn't a part of the Beatles thing then the mixing of the Beatles earlier albums would not be the same.

and for your second thing If Stu had stayed in the band than Paul would continue being frustrated at his bass performance and the John Paul thing would be more divided with John and Stu unless he still dies in 1962.

 

What if Paul, George and Ringo liked Yoko but not John?

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15 March 2014 - 2.31am

John might have gone down the wrong path, as someone talked about in the Yoko appreciation thread, and John might've died earlier. They obviously wouldn't have been married, and most of John's solo career would be different/non-existent. If the other three liked Yoko, John might feel like the others were ganging up on him and might've left the Beatles, breaking them up earlier, or maybe he would just leave and the others would stay together. If one of the others really liked her, she might've taken him from his wife/girlfriend. Beatles songs like The Ballad Of John And Yoko wouldn't exist (the Ballad of George and Yoko might!) and more to my dismay neither would Happiness Is A Warm Gun.

(I typed all that out then clicked a link and it was gone! paul-mccartney I had to retype it, I think I remembered it all though...)

 

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15 March 2014 - 2.38am

Well s***. How do I answer that? `

Basically his entire solo career would've been TOTALLY different. I can't even go into specifics, it'd be far too wide reaching.

What if The Beatles never appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show?

Realized it had to be related to the previous question. 

What if Paul had hired a real keyboard player instead of bringing Linda into Wings?

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15 March 2014 - 7.35pm

I think that she would still be part of the band and would still get criticism for her singing. The keyboard player would most likely not be around for long since the Wings band went threw a lot of changes in their line up over the decade they were active. The keyboard would probably sound more professional.

What if George and Paul got married?

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Tension. Lots and lots of tension.

What if Paul and Dot got married?

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