The Beatles, who would have thought that the four teenage boys from the port city of Liverpool can change the music in mere ten years?
It began in 1956 with the dreamer John Lennon, who formed the Skiffle group, The Quarrymen. John met Paul McCartney when they were performing at the event. Here comes the sun, George Harrison, who impresses Lenon with his guitar skills. Three of them used to play Rock n’ Roll as “Johny and the Moondogs”. Stuart Sutcliffe, a bass player joins, who later left to pursue Art studies. They change their name to “Silver Beetles” as Stu suggested tribute to an American Rock Band. During Hamburg performances, they hire Pete Best as a drummer but he got replaced by Richard Starkey (Yes It Is! Ringo Starr) in 1962. That’s how Fab Four came together, adding Beat and Beetles became The Beatles. Lenon was the dreamer, but he wasn’t the only one.
“Love Me Do” made 17th position in UK Charts (1962) and created fanaticism Beatlemania. Their next song “Please Please Me” reached number one in the UK. The Beatlemania phenomenon invaded US pop markets with “I want to Hold Your Hand”, reaching Billboards Hot 100 singles charts. The saga continued they become the best-selling band in history with the most number-one hits in the UK and Billboard Hot 100 charts. They had 15 Ivor Novello, 7 Grammys, 4 Brits, and an Academy Awards. They even got the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from Queen.
What makes The Beatles the most eminent Band? It’s their distinctive recording techniques with the inclusion of classical elements and traditional pop. Their stirring songwriting and aesthetic production. They explored multifold genres, folk-rock, power-pop, jangle, psychedelia, heavy metal, and even Indian music. They were the fashion icon of the era, and spur for counterculture movements. Lenon’s comment “more popular than Jesus”, infamous spat of all time.
In 2001, UNESCO declared 16 January as World Beatle Day as their first concert held on this date. 4147 Lenon, 4148 McCartney, 4149 Harrison, 4150 Starr, and 8749 Beatles are the asteroids named after them.
Although Lenon announced their break-up in 1969 after the album “Let It Be” they continued as a solo. (ob la di ob la di, Life goes on) Later their complication album, Anthology was released, and the TV series, The Beatles Anthology. Their rereleased songs still top the UK charts.
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