5) Everyone that Jeff Lynne produced (George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Traveling Wilburys) sounded like ELO.
Including the Beatles. When I first heard Free As A Bird
, I actually thought it was ELO, not a 1977 John Lennon demo with the other Beatles adding to it years later.
You have George Harrison to thank for that. He was the one who lobbied for Jeff Lynne to produce the Anthology
singles. I can't help but think that George Martin would have been a better choice, as Lynne tended to "Spectorize" anything that he could get his hands on! At any rate, you can still hear the original demo of "Free As a Bird" on youtube, if it is still there.
Joe Diffie had a country hit in the '90s called "Bigger Than the Beatles," which ended with a most Beatle-esque "yeah-yeah-yeah-YEEEEEAAAAHHHH" repeated in the fade-out.
The video of that one is pretty cool too, with "fake Beatles" doing those "yeah yeah yeah"s.
Would I dare mention the Rutles?
Or Beatlemania, or 1964 the Tribute, or Rain, or the Wannabeatles? The Wannabeatles are actually a Beatles cover band. The rest that I mentioned are tribute bands.