Many names come to mind when you think of rock music in the 60’s, but there’s always one group in that list that have made as big of an impact as The Beatles. They’re one of the most known and controversial groups in the history of rock music. The Beatles were risk takers bringing a new sound to an already changing era of music. Their risks paid off making them one of, if not, the biggest rock group to ever take the stage. The popularity of their music exceeds their music generation as they have millions of fans still buying their music. They went from small band gigs to packed concerts with thousands of screaming fans. Through the struggles they faced, the Beatles stood the tests of time.
The early 1940’s in Liverpool, England mark the date and place where the destiny of the Beatles would begin. This is the time when Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr or “The Fab Four” were born. Growing up each of them had an undying interest in music. For eighteens years these four men continued to learn more and more about music and gained the skills to make their own. Then the day came when all of their unintentional “training” for the biggest step in their lives came. In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon. Both were teenagers. Paul impressed John with his mastered skill on the acoustic guitar, and was invited to join Lennon’s group, The Quarrymen. George Harrison joined them in February of 1958. By 1959 they were playing regular gigs at a club called The Casbah. They went through various other band members including the son of the owner of the Casbah, drummer Peter Best, but not all would stick around. John Lennon dreamed up the band’s final name, The Beatles, a mix of beat with beetle. A year later, in !960, the Beatles began touring in Germany where they were joined by Ringo Starr. The Beatles made their first studio work for singer Tony Sheridan’s recordings for the German Polydor label, however, in the credits the band’s name was changed to, The Beat Brothers.
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They were paid five pounds for their first show, which later advanced to three hundred pounds per show in 1963. By mid 1965 The Beatles gave 262 shows at the Cavern in Liverpool. In November of 1961 Brian Epstein was invited to be the manager of the Beatles. Epstein kept their management contract a secret because of McCartney and Harrisons minor ages at the time. He made the Beatles accepted by the media and handled all of their off-stage communications. In May of 1962 Epstein canceled the group’s contract with Tony Sheridan and the German label. Brian Epstein was persistent in trying to sign a record deal for the Beatles, even after being rejected by every major record label in UK. Epstein sent a demo tape to disc with HMV technician Jim Foy. Foy liked their song and referred it to Parlophone’s George Martin. On June 6, 1962, at the Abbey Road Studios, they passed Martin’s audition with the exception of Pete Best. George Martin liked them, but recommended the change of a drummer. Being asked by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison; Epstein fired Pete Best. After a mutual decision the band was completed with Ringo Starr, who became the fourth Beatle in the Fab Four. In September of 1962 The Beatles recorded their first hit Love Me Do, which charted in UK, and reached the top of the US singles chart.
In early performances the Beatles included popular songs from the 40s and 50s. They played rock-n-roll and R&B-based pop songs while they continuously and steadily worked on making style of their own. Their mixture of rock-n-roll, skiffle, blues, country, soul, and 30s jazz resulted in several multi-genre and cross-style sounding songs. They admitted their interest in the music of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and other entertainers of the 40s, 50s and early 60s. By 1965 their style absorbed ethnic music influences from India and other oriental cultures, and later expanded into psychedelic experiments and classical-sounding compositions. Their creative search covered a range of styles from jazz and rock to a cosmopolitan cross-cultural and cross-genre compositions. Initially the Beatles were a guitars and drums band. In the course of their career every member became a multi-instrumentalist. George Harrison played the lead guitar and also introduced such exotic instruments as ukulele, Indian sitars, flutes, tabla, darbouka, and tampur drums. John Lennon played a variety of guitars, keyboards, harmonicas and horns. Paul McCartney played bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and keyboards, as well as over 40 other musical instruments.
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The Beatles were the first popular band that used a classical touch of strings and keyboard instruments; their producer George Martin scored Baroque orchestrations in several songs, such as Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, In My Life, and a full orchestra in Sgt. Pepper. John Lennon and Paul McCartney played piano in many of their songs. Their jamming on a piano together led to creation of their best-selling hit I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1963. At first the Beatles were rejected by Dick Clark after testing a recording of their song on his show. Then Brian Epstein approached Ed Sullivan, who discussed them with Walter Cronkite after seeing them on his CBS Evening News in 1963. Brian Epstein also managed to get their music played by influential radio stations in Washington and New York. The US consumer reaction was peaking, a single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ was released in December 1963 by the Capitol Records. Their sensational tour in the USA began with three TV shows at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, in February of 1964. After that The Beatles endured several years of extremely intensive recording, filming, and touring. They stopped public performances after 1966, but continued their recording contracts. By 1985 The Beatles had sold over one billion records. Music became their ticket to ride around the world. Beatlemania never really ended since its initiation. It still lives as a movable feast in many hearts and minds, as a sweet memory of youth.
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The Beatles’ first two feature films, A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 and Help in 1965, were made in collaboration with an American director, Richard Lester. Their funny, ironic, and amusing film performances are reminiscent of the Marx Brothers’ comedies. Later The Beatles moved into the area of psychedelic innovations with the animated film Yellow Submarine in 1966. Their surrealistic TV movie The Magical Mystery in 1967, became the cause for the first major criticism of their work in the British press. Their film music was also released as studio albums. Original music by The Beatles as well as re-makes of their songs has been also used, often uncredited, in music scores of feature films and documentaries. Some of The Beatles concert and studio performances were filmed on several occasions and were later edited and released after the band’s dissolution. In 1999 the remastered and remixed film The Beatles Yellow Submarine Adventure in 2000, delighted a younger audience with incredible animation and songs.
On June 25, 1967, The Beatles made history becoming the first band globally transmitted on TV to an estimated 400 million people worldwide. The Beatles were a segment in the first-ever worldwide satellite hook-up and their new song “All You Need Is Love” was broadcast live during the show. Two months later, The Beatles lost their creative manager Brian Epstein, whose talent for problem-solving was unmatched. “That was it, the beginning of the end”, said Lennon. Evolution of each member’s creativity and musicianship also led to individual career ambitions. John Lennon was experimenting with psychedelic poetry and art. His creativity was very unique and innovative. However, Lennon’s remarks on the Beatlemania phenomenon caused problems in the media. His comparison of Beatles’ popularity to that of Jesus Christ was used to attack them publicly, causing cancellations of their performances and even burning of their records. Lennon had to apologize several times in press and on TV, including at a Chicago press conference. In 1967 John Lennon met Japanese artist Yoko Ono, whom he later married. Sadly on December 8, 1980 in New York City, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman. George Harrison was the lead guitar player and also took sitar lessons from Ravi Shankar. Harrison had his own inner light of creativity and spirituality. Unfortunately, George Harrison lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully in his home on November 19, 2001. Ringo Starr sang ‘Yellow Submarine’ and a few other songs. He has made a film career and also toured with his All Stars Band and released several solo albums. His 1973 release “Ringo” was the last album to feature all four living Beatles, although not on the same song.
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The Beatles captivated the world with their arrival and ceased to stop. The Beatles created over 240 songs, they recorded many singles and albums, made films and TV shows. Thousands of memorable pictures popularized their image. In their evolution from beginners to the leaders of entertainment, they learned from many world cultures, absorbed from various styles, and created their own. Their cross-style compositions covered a range of influences from English folk ballads to Indian raga to the rock-n-roll stars that came before and during their time. The songwriting and performing talents of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, fused in the Beatles’ music. The Fab Four will forever be known as the greatest rock group of all time.
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