Right on target!!!!
The Beatles were innovators from the very beginning. The problem is that most people think that the early Stones, Who, Hendrix, ect... stuff was around the same time as the early Beatles stuff. What they fail to realize is that the Beatles first songs and albums were 2 years (at least) earlier than the first big hits of these other bands. Therefore, if the early Stones and Who sound a bit more "advanced" than the early Beatles (from a songwriting standpoint, they weren't, but people confuse volume and feedback with complexity), it is only because those later groups had the benefit of taking the best of what the Beatles had done and applying it to their own sound.
It is more fair to compare the early Beatles to their contemporaries. Safe to say, there was nothing CLOSE to She Loves You or I Want To Hold Your Hand on the radio at that time. Maybe, MAYBE some of the early Motown compares, but other than that, it was a wasteland.