Imagine the scenario in 1995 . Paul - “ hey George , we’ve got this John Lennon Demo they want us to finish off to make a final recording . I hope you don’t mind , but me and Ringo have decided we are going to get Carlos Santana to play on it instead of you . Youre my dear friend and I love you - hope you understand “ ... 🙄
I’ve been thinking about this analogy after seeing Froom as George Martin in a Beatles/CH comparison. I struggle to see Mark as George though as unlike Mark, George had been a Beatle from the very start.
I think it might be more like if Billy Preston was made an official Beatle for Let It Be and the album ended up being the best thing the Beatles did. Spector got a fair bit of the credit for the new sound but having Preston on keys was seen as a really cool development for the Beatles and the fans loved him because he was so quiet and humble. The Beatles then still broke up after the album.
After John’s death, the Beatles reformed and made another couple of albums in the 80s (without George Martin or Phil Spector) and Billy played a significant part on the albums and on stage at the gigs. He didn’t just do keys anymore, he was a multi instrumentalist who could also cover Johns backing vocals. Now it was hard to imagine the Beatles without him. But Paul and George’s solo careers were at the fore, and they described the Beatles as a beautiful old car up in blocks that they could get down when they wanted.
Then in 1995, Paul and George found a John demo and went to George Martin and said how about we get together with Ringo and Billy and finish it. George Martin says “great idea, but we don’t need Billy for this.” Paul then tells Billy “George wants to take the band back to its roots like when he produced us - I’m really excited about doing that, so sorry you are no longer a Beatle”...
The fans were outraged because Billy had still been a big contributor to their greatest album (some would say more do than Spector) and had been a key member of the band since John’s death. The remaining Beatles and George Martin would need to make something pretty magical to be worth sacrificing Billy...