Realizing how much Billy Preston's presence has helped the Beatles, John, Paul, and George discussed inviting him to join the Beatles, and George even suggests asking Bob Dylan to join. Paul adamantly refuses both.
Excerpt from Sulpy #24.08; A/B Road: January 14, Disc 1, Track 9
JOHN: I'd just like him [Preston] in our band, actually. That's how I'd like it. I'd like a fifth Beatle.
PAUL: I just don't because it's bad enough with four. With five on display, it's creating havoc. I dig him, he's an incredibly musician, but none of that.
JOHN: If he's around, then I'd use him.
GEORGE: If I asked Dylan to join then Beatles, then he would as well and we'd get them all in it.
PAUL: Yeah, but for that – that's the point: you don't need to join the Beatles.
JOHN: We'd call it “The Beatles & Co.”, that could be our band. It'd be great wouldn't it? “Beatles & Co.” and the “Co.” is the band!
GEORGE: It's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
PAUL: We can still have him. It's like you can have everything. You don't need to sign him up. You don't need to own him.
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