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 inezt 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.