The Beatles

The Beatles to this day are one of the most famous and popular rock \'n
roll groups in the world. The Beatles include George Harrison, John
Lennon(1940-1980), Paul McCartney, and Richard Starkey(Ringo Starr). All of
the Beatles where born and raised in Liverpool, England. John Lennon was
considered the leader of the band. George Harrison was the lead guitarist.
John Lennon was a song writer, one of the two lead singers, and rhythm
guitarist. Paul McCartney was a song writer, one of the two lead singers,
and a bassist. Ringo Starr played the drums.
John Lennon\'s first band was called the Quarrymen (named after his High
School). None of the three Beatles were in this band. Paul joined the
group in 1957 and Harrison joined in 1958. They played with bass guitarist
Sut Sutcliffe, and Pete Best, a drummer. Sutcliffe left in 1961 and Ringo
Starr joined the band. Pete Best was asked to leave the band on April 16,
1962. He was considered the Beatles undisputed sex symbol. The Beatles
were discovered on November 9, 1961 by Brian Epstein, a manager of a record
store in Liverpool as well as an x British Army soldier.
The Beatles first two song were "Love Me Do" and "Please, Please Me."
The Beatles starred in two movies, "A Hard Days Night," and "Help." They
also had their own full length cartoon called "Yellow Submarine." The movie
"A Hard Days Night" earned 1.3 million dollars in its first week. The
Beatles early music was influenced by singers Chuck Berry and Elvis
Presley.
In November of 1963 the Beatles performed in front of the Queen of
England. This was an incredible honor. By the end of 1963 the Beatles were
the biggest music group in England. The Beatles came to New York City for
the first time in 1964. They were an instant success. A couple of weeks
later after their New York appearance, the five best selling records were
by the Beatles. They became world famous by the end of 1964. Also in 1964
the song "I Want To Hold Your Hand" marked the beginning of "BEATLEMANIA."
The Beatles were unusual because most rock was strong beat with no
melody. The Beatles added melody to rock. The Beatles also added strong
and meaningful lyrics. John Lennon wrote a book called "In His Own Write."
The Beatles started a new era of music. They wore their hair long and
shaggy. This haircut was known as the Beatles haircut. All across the
world people started wearing their hair like the Beatles.
John Lennon described the Beatles like this "When you said it, it was
crawly things, when you read it, it was beat music." The Beatles made their
last stage appearance together in 1966. In 1967 the Beatles put together a
master piece. The master piece was Sergeant Pepper\'s Lonely Heart Club
Band. The Beatles never had a chance to perform Sergeant Peppers Lonely
Heart Club Band. Also in 1967 Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles,
died. Also in 1967 the Beatles directed a movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The
movie was about themselves in which they toured the English countryside in
search of wonder, fun, and magic.
In 1970 the world famous and world loved Beatles separated. Everybody
was hoping to see the Beatles come back together. That hope ended when the
peace loving John Lennon was killed outside his New York City apartment by
25 year old Mark David Chapman.

Category: History