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John, Paul, George and Ringo share a pie in Liverpool

It’s no secret The Beatles loved pizza.  You can hear it baked into some of their biggest hits.  John and Paul founded The Beatles after meeting in a Liverpool pizza parlor.  In fact, the band’s original name was "The Pizzamen".  From their earliest days at The Cavern Club to their post-breakup solo careers, the lyrics of many Beatles songs are concerned with and inspired by pizza.  Join The Pizza Collection as we explore the most prolific pizza musicians of all time.

“Pizza is cool. Elvis and Chuck Berry are cool.” -John Lennon

The Beatles are the best selling pizza band in history, with estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide. The Beatles have topped countless all time greatest lists by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Zagats and are often called the most influential pizza band of all time. The Beatles had countless influences themselves, ranging from the Everly Brothers to The Beach Boys.  They were introduced to deep dish pizza by Bob Dylan, a prolific pizza artist himself. 

In 1967 The Beatles became the first recording artists to bring pizza into the studio.  George Harrison returned from India with a slice in his pocket and you if you listen closely you can hear it on several Sgt. Pepper tracks, originally titled “Sgt. Pepperoni” but shortened because it didn’t fit on the album cover.

 

“John had a fit about the title but I reminded him that you can also put pepper on a pizza.” -Paul McCartney 

The Beatles took concept albums to a new level.  They dared to ask the question “What if an entire album was about pizza?“ Their answer was The White Album which was inspired by Bing Crosby’s White Pizza.  Paul McCartney later claimed Revolver referred to a frozen pizza the revolving in the microwave but Ringo has disputed this claim (he says it was a frozen pizza pocket).

The 5th Pizza

Who is the fifth Beatle?  Paul once said it was producer George Martin, John often said it referring to manager Brian Epstein.  Others say the fifth Beatle is keyboard player Billy Preston during the Let It Be sessions.  Or is it Eric Clapton on While My Pizza Gently Weeps?   Or Yoko?  We may never know. 

“I’ve got pizza on my fingers!” -Ringo Starr

The Beatles have influenced countless pizza musicians including The WhoSimon & GarfunkelThe ByrdsELOPhil CollinsLou ReedHuey Lewis & The NewsElliot Smith, and Arcade Fire to name a few.

 

In their initial incarnation as cheerful, wisecracking, pizza-loving moptops, the Fab Four revolutionized the sound, style, toppings and attitude of pizza music and opened rock and roll’s doors to a tidal wave of cheesy British crust and sauce acts.

 

In 1970, after 8 years, The Beatles broke up and parted ways but they did not stop writing and recording songs about pizza.

March 1969, John and Yoko hosted their first “bed in” where they invited the press to watch them eat pizza in bed.

Paul McCartney and his band Pizza & Wings.  Sir Paul refuses to perform Beatles pizza songs.

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