On May 18, 2017, SiriusXM launched a Beatles Channel on channel 18. The channel's webpage says, "John, Paul, George and Ringo changed music forever. The songs, stories, influences and legacy of the Beatles - 24/8!" ("24/8," as in Eight Days A Week.)


In addition to the Beatles songs and all the solo recordings of John, Paul, George & Ringo, the channel plays lots of live versions, demo versions, alternate takes and recordings made for the BBC. They also play other artists' versions of Beatles songs and the original versions of songs later recorded by the Beatles. The playlist makes sense except for the "influences." I have heard My Guy by Mary Wells, Let's Dance by Chris Montez, I'm A Believer by Neil Diamond, Can I Get A Witness by Marvin Gaye, I Get Around by the Beach Boys, Bye Bye Love by the Everly Brothers, and Yakety Yak and Charlie Brown by the Coasters.

Can anyone explain how Neil Diamond, Mary Wells, the Beach Boys and those others "influenced" the Beatles? I'm at a loss.