"Well, I remembered the other day when somebody mentioned the Crickets at a press conference. I'd forgotten all about that. I was looking for a name like the Crickets that meant two things, and from Crickets I got to Beatles. I changed the B-e-a because it didn't mean two things on its own. B, double-e-t-l-e-s didn't mean two things. So, I changed the 'a,' added the 'e' to the 'a', and it meant two things, then. I mean, it didn't have to mean two things, but it said.., it was beat and beetles and when you said it people thought of crawly things and when you read it was beat music."
"John came up with this name Beatles and it was good, because it was sort of the insect and also the pun, you know, b-e-a-t on the beat. We just liked the name and we kept it."
"When we first heard "Crickets"... Back in England, there's the game cricket, and we knew about the little chirpy, hoppity-goes-to-town type crickets. So, we thought they'd been brilliant, they'd really got this amazing double meaning name, of like the game and the bug. We thought this was brilliant, we thought, well, we've got to do this. So John and Stuart (Sutcliffe )came up with this name that the rest of us hated, this Beatles, spelled with an "a." We said, "Why?" They said, "Well, you know, this is a bug, and its got a double meaning, just like the Crickets. We were influenced in many, many ways."
"Stuart did think up the name beetles because it was an insect and he wanted to associate it with Buddy Holly's group The Crickets as the Quarry Men used a lot of Holly's numbers in their repertoire. John did add the 'a'. They told me this at the time.
- Bill Harry
(Liverpool Music Scene Historian, Editor of The Mersey Beat and friend of John Lennon & Stu Sutcliffe)
So that settles it. Stu thought of beetles. John thought of "The Beatles", and everybody was telling the truth all along. Except for that part about the flaming pie. But who knows, maybe that was true as well.
This is also another example of Stu Sutcliffe or Pete Best making a significant contribution to The Beatles and not getting proper credit for it. A half century later, thanks to time and the internet, myths are being debunked and so many of these kind of real truths are there for all to learn. John Lennon would be pleased (and maybe amused).
The Beatles (1960-1970)
Long Live The Beatles!!!
John, Paul, George, Stu, Pete & Ringo.