How Bad Are The Beatles With Money
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The Beatles inspired a lot of artists and musicians from different generations. They gave life to the long-lost love of people for rock and roll and revolutionized the whole music scene by creating timeless records, which of course, brought them a lot of fortune.
However, if there is something that this legendary band is bad with, is how they handle their money.
In the book The Beatles: The Authorized Biography written by Hunter Davies, there was an incident stated that happened in 1967 where the Fab Four traveled to Wales by train and they got separated from their assistants who held all their money. With that in mind, they still decided to go out to dinner and found themselves frustrated when the bill came. Davies tells:
“That evening, in Bangor, we all went into the town for something to eat,
“It was late at night, in a very small provincial town, and we could only find a Chinese restaurant open. When the bill finally came, I found I did not have enough money, nor did anyone else. The Beatles never carried money, just like the royal family, and this time, in the rush from Euston, they were without their normal aides and assistants who carried the purse with them.”
Lucky for them, George Harrison had hidden enough money in his sandal to cover the bill.
According to Davies, each member received £50 a week for any personal expenses, however, John Lennon once said that he had no idea how much money being in The Beatles brought him. He admitted:
“I don’t know how much money I’ve got.
“I’m not conscious of having a treasure chest full of it at the bottom of the garden. It’s all hypothetical, but I know it’s not as much as some people think. It’s all tied up in things, in various forms.”
While in other stories, Ringo Starr spent a long time not handling cash which got him to the point where he doesn’t know what it looked like anymore. He once asked Davies:
“Tell me, what do those pound-note thingies look like?
“And do they still make those cute-like half crowns? Maureen [Starkey] does the shopping, but she just uses a card which says this is money.”
Not carrying money with him became a problem when his car ran out of gas and he had to stop a passing motorist and ask to borrow money. Fortunately, Starr was famous and the driver was a journalist who recognized him immediately and offered to drive him home instead.