14 May 2015

History Of Music: The Beatles

This is the second part in my History Of Music series. Like I said in the introduction post, I will try to keep these posts short, so that they do not get boring or anything. This is a borderline post considering the time limits I set for what I consider fitting for a history series, but those were only guidelines. And since these band affected the music scene so much, it seems only fitting that they shall be featured in this series.

And like the title says, today's post is about The Beatles. I will write a small package of information on them and their affect on the music. The songs I picked for this post are my personal favourites from The Beatles and/or their biggest hits.

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The Beatles was an English band, formed in Liverpool back in 1960. The band played rock and pop music and they were the biggest European name in the rock 'n' roll scene. Even though the band lasted for just ten years, they became one of the biggest names in the history of music and their music is listened all around the world still today.

Hello, Goodbye was released in 1967 and it is one of their biggest hits.

If you do not count temporary members and such, The Beatles consisted of the four iconic members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The band did not come to be just like that; At first there was a band called The Quarrymen, of which John Lennon was part of. The Quarrymen was formed in 1957. Later on other beatle, Paul McCartney, joined this group and later he got his friend George Harrison to join the band too. Eventually they were to become The Beatles. Ringo Starr joined them in 1962, when The Beatles officially debuted.

All the members of The Beatles (and with this I mean the four main ones) sang, but it was John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were the lead vocals. All of them played instruments: Lennon guitar and keyboards, McCartney bass, guitar, keyboard and drums, Harrison guitar, and Starr drums and percussion.

Yellow Submarine from 1966. I have always been oddly fond of this song...

The Beatles' debut single Love Me Do was released in 1962. Love Me Do is considered one of their best known songs. Their first UK number one hit came the next year. All throughout The Beatles' lifetime, they had massive hits and most of their singles hit number somewhere around the world. Time from 1966 to 1969 was the peak of their career, though it is untrue to say that they were not highly popular all the way from the start.

It is impossible to list The Beatles' greatest hits, since they had so many, but to name few of them: Please Please Me, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day's Night, Ticket To Ride, Help!, Yesterday, Paperback Writer, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Hello Goodbye, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get Back, Come Together, Let It Be.... The list could go on and on!

Come Together was released in 1969 and it was one of the band's last singles.

In the 1960's The Beatles was enormously famous and popular. Back in the day, rock 'n' roll was considered rebellious music and was very popular among the youth for that matter. Most parents hated the style since it originated from black music and many rock 'n' roll artists had naughty images, which obviously were for youth's liking. The Beatles on the other hand was quite popular amongst the parents too, since the band had more cleaner image and they were considered more of nice than rebellious.

The popularity of The Beatles can not easily be exaggerated. The level of intense that the frenzy around them got is very well represented in how it got its own name: Beatlemania. Even though nowdays every other singer and band has its own fandom name, back in the 1960's this was still very rare. The term was already coined in 1963, a year after their debut, which shows their immediate popularity, which just kept growing all throughout the band's lifetime.

Probably the most famous The Beatles song: Hey Jude. 1968.

But all the things come to an end. For The Beatles to end came in 1970. The fatigue from the constant touring and issues behind the scenes (and in front too) caused the end of The Beatles be fairly messy time. John Lennon announced his departure in 1969 to the band, but this information was kept from the public until the promotions of their soon-to-be-released album (which ended up to be their last) were done. In 1970 the entire band fell apart and their last single was called The Long And Winding Road.

The Beatles' members all made successful solo careers after the band, particularly McCartney and Lennon. There still has been many collaborations between the members after their break-up. John Lennon was notable murdered in 1980 and George Harrison died of cancer in 2001. Even though the members made successful solo careers too, they could never compare to the popularity of The Beatles. That is truly a feat that is hard to beat and only rare few could be considered as famous as The Beatles.

And to the end my personal favourite from The Beatles:

Let It Be was released in 1970, just before the end of The Beatles.

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