The Rolling Stones envied The Beatles as all four band members could sing whereas they were solely reliant on Mick Jagger, claims Beatles musician Sir Paul McCartney. In an interview published in the ‘Radio Times’, the 68-year-old said the Stones, formed in 1962, were jealous of his band, formed in 1960, and used to call it a “Four-headed Monster”.
Sir Paul said, “The four of us were unusual. I talked to Keith Richards a couple of years ago, and his take on it was: ‘Man, you were lucky, you had four lead singers’, whereas the Rolling Stones only had one. I could sing, John could sing, George could sing and Ringo did numbers that he could sing. So it wasn’t just the front man and the back-up band. We were an entity.”
Sir Paul further added that The Beatles were also lucky in their timing. They formed in the same year as national service was abandoned in Britain. “A couple of years earlier, we would have been in the Army, and The Beatles would not have been formed.”