So what caused the Beatles to stop saying “Hello” and start saying “Goodbye”?
There have been many, many theories.
Mine is simple, and it happened four months before “Hello Goodbye” hit #1. The only man who could keep the four Beatles from each other’s throats died.
When Brian Epstein was found dead of an accidental drug overdose on August 27, 1967, it was recognized as a tragic event, of course. It was only later recognized that he had so many secrets (drug problems, gambling problems, and being gay in the ‘60s) that it’s unlikely he’d have lasted in the role much longer anyway.
Epstein, for his flaws, was able to manage the growing differences among the Fab Four and keep the band working together, even as their fame broke them up. After he was gone, nobody else could do so – partially because they had their own agendas, and partially because there was no guidebook for handling massive sudden fame (and there still isn’t).
Look at what fame has done to today’s tween, teen, and twenty-something stars… and remember that when “Hello Goodbye” hit #1, the boys were in their mid-twenties.
Brian Epstein was, for the most part, the last thing the Beatles could agree on. Without him, I think the biggest surprise was that it took three years for the band to fall apart.
So, as far as I can tell, Brian Epstein’s “goodbye” said “hello” to the end of the world’s biggest pop group.
Tomorrow, to close out Project 365, the band who were created as an homage to the Beatles…
No other songs reached #1 on December 30.