A History Of The Beatles


Probably the most popular, influential and enduring rock
group of all time, the Beatles almost single-handedly reshaped
rock 'n' roll from a genre of throwaway singles by faceless stars to
an artistic medium with memorable images and idols. The Beatles
placed the emphasis on a group, rather than a single individual,
like Frank Sinatra or Elvis. They also set an example for all rock n
roll bands to follow with their strong sense of self-determination,
going against their record company and management on many
issues, even refusing to tour at the height of their popularity. Of
course, their countless hit singles have become modern-day folk
songs, covered by hundreds of individuals and ...

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Hanton. By March of 1960, Lennon's art school
classmate Stuart Sutcliffe joined the band on bass and suggested
the name the Beetles, a play on Buddy Holly's group the Crickets.
By that summer they were the Silver Beatles, settling on the
Beatles in August. That month the Beatles left for Hamburg, West
Germany, with their new drummer Pete Best, to try to establish
themselves in Europe. The band became a popular local act,
performing at various clubs until they were expelled from the
country in November because George Harrison was underage.
The Beatles returned to Germany in early 1961 to record as a
backup band for singer Tony Sheridan; these sessions were later
released during the mid-'60s as "new" Beatles material, taking
advantage of unsuspecting fans. Meanwhile Sutcliffe had left the
band to pursue his art career and relationship with German
photographer Astrid Kircherr. Paul took over on bass. Ironically,
Stu died of a brain hemorrhage the following year, ...

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to ensure that it
would chart. The band became regular guests on the BBC,
performing over fifty times between 1962 and 1964.
In February of 1963 the Beatles returned to the studio to
record 10 songs (in one day!) for their first album, Please Please
Me, which was released the following month. It became an instant
hit, staying at No. 1 in Britain for 30 weeks and by October, female
fans were screaming at their performances , the start of
"Beatlemania." Following an early November performance before
the royal family, Parlophone released a second Beatles album,
With The Beatles. By the end of the year the group had sold over
2.5 million albums in Britain, and had a string of ...

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