Don, did you by any chance read the wiki I linked earlier about the definition of Boy Band? I realize Wiki is not an authoritative source but it is someone other than me...
Since I doubt you did, let me copy in entirety a couple of paragraphs:
Although not a manufactured band, The Beatles set a precedent for boy bands to follow both in terms of marketing to young girls and certain aesthetic and musical conventions. The merchandising, whether it was films like A Hard Day's Night or novelty goods were possibly the first aimed at a certain demographic on a large scale for a group. This made them a proto-type for boy bands, such as The Jackson 5 and The Monkees. Musical conventions that boy bands adopted from The Beatles were less their technical proficiency as musicians and more the catchy pop hooks, melodies and harmonies combined with their marketability. Their marketability was based the idea that there was something for everyone, whether it is the music or the personality of John Lennon or Paul McCartney or their sex appeal.
The Beatles were more directly an influence on boy bands that use rock band instrumentation. The precedent for this was when TV Producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson got four members to perform catchy pop tunes while also acting in a television series. The Monkees are often considered as the original pioneers among boy bands. Formed in 1965 under the supervision of Don Kirshner, the group became dissatisfied with Kirshner's control and became independent two years later, and worked on their own up to 1970.
Edited to add --
I know you are going to doubt my truthful statement that I had never seen this entry until I posted in this thread about it. But it is funny how it uses some of the same examples and same words even. Maybe because calling the Beatles a boy band made good isn't an original thought -- which I never said it was.
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