The Beatles in Liverpool- In association with Merseyguide

Early 60's BeatlesObviously for 'real' music fans such a small peice about the Beatles belittles the bands immense effect on 'world culture' never mind that of Liverpool's, hence a whole new section on the band will follow soon. But for now, here are the facts.

The Beatles gave the 1960's its characteristic musical flavour and had a profound influence on the course of popular music, equaled by only a few performers. The band members John Winston Lennon. (Oct 9th 1940); James Paul McCartney (June 18th 1942); and George Harrison (Feb 25 1943) and the drummer Ringo Starr aka' Richard Starkey (July 7th 1940) were all born and raised in Liverpool. Originally Lennon and McCartney had played together in a group called The Quarrymen. At a later date with Harrison, they formed their own group named 'The Silver Beatles', before Starr joined them in 1962 to form the Beatles as we know them today.

As The Beatles, they developed a local following in Liverpool clubs (Cavern and Jaccaranda) and their first recordings, "Love Me Do" (1962) and "Please Please Me" (1963), quickly made them Britain's top rock group.

The release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964 marked the beginning of the 'world' phenomenon known as "Beatlemania" in the United States. The Beatles' first U.S. tour aroused a universal mob adulation. Their concerts were scenes of mass worship, and their records sold in the millions. Their first film, the innovative A Hard Day's Night (1964), was received enthusiastically by a wide audience that included many who had never before listened to rock music. Composing their own material (Lennon and McCartney were the major creative forces), The Beatles established the precedent for other rock groups to play their own music. Experimenting with new musical forms, they produced an extraordinary variety of songs: the childishly simple "Yellow Submarine"; the bitter social commentary of "Eleanor Rigby"; parodies of earlier pop styles; new electronic sounds; and compositions that were scored for cellos, violins, trumpets, and sitars, as well as for conventional guitars and drums.

Some enthusiasts cite the albums Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966) as the apex of Beatle art, although Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), perhaps the first rock album designed thematically as a single musical entity, is more generally considered their triumph. The group disbanded in 1970, after the release of their final album, Let It Be, to pursue individual careers. On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot in New York City, a day which final ly nailed the coffin of hopes of any revival. A very sad day................................ More coming soon!

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