Here’s another article about how the Beatles influenced many other artists; there are plenty more examples.
But they too were influenced by other musicians. I’m rereading Steve Turner’s “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Write,” subtitled “the stories behind every song.” Fairly often, the members of the group are quoted as having been inspired by a piece for their own creations. I thought I’d put some of their songs up against the source material, with links to all.
Paul got the initial idea of using ‘she’ and ‘you’, instead of the familiar ‘me’ and ‘you’, from Bobby Rydall’s then current British hit ‘Forget Him‘ in which the narrator told a girl to forget about a boy who doesn’t appear to truly love her. ‘Yeah yeah’ was frequently used as an aside in Fifties skiffle music, as well as by Cliff Richard in ‘We Say Yeah‘ (1962).
One of the songs musical tricks, the shift from D to A minor to break the word ‘pretend’ was taken from Joan Baez’s version of the traditional song ‘All My Trials‘ (1960). There, the shift takes place underneath the words ‘don’t you cry’.
Hmm. I own that Baez song but never made the connection.
John appears to have used Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Can Depend on Me‘ as the model.
Paul remembered that part of the song’s melody was inspired by ‘Whistle My Love‘, a 1950s song by the British folk singer Elton Hayes and used in the Walt Disney film Robin Hood.
I Wanna Be Your Man (first link):
They became familiar with three-part harmonizing by singing Phil Spector’s ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him‘.
Note: Yes, the first two songs weren’t on With the Beatles, but appear in that chapter in Turner’s book.