The Beatles

When people hear the name "" most people think of lead singer,
John Lennon. However, the role of Paul McCartney is often overlooked. It was
McCartney, not Lennon who was the driving force behind .
John Lennon and Paul McCartney were in many bands together before the
forming of the Beatles. In 1962, along with Ringo Starr1 and George Harrison,
they formed the rock group known as "The Beatles". The group featured a modern
rock that was new and popular during the period with John and Paul composing
and doing the leads on most of the songs. They were backed by George on
rhythm and bass guitar and Ringo on drums. George and Ringo also assisted on
backing vocals.

When they first ...

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the band was obviously
beginning to grow musically. They had moved from simple lyrics like "Love me Do"
to harshly aware reflections of life in their home country in "Eleanor Rigby"2.
There were attempts, some more successful than others, to incorporate the
other Beatles into the idea stage. George Harrison made this leap successfully
with such tracks as "I want to tell you", "TAXMAN", and the psychedelic "Love
you to". Ringo was featured in the humorous "Yellow Submarine

As the group matured, their creativity began to rely more on the effects
and manipulations that they were able to produce in the studio. The Beatles
agreed to end their touring career after an American tour of large halls that
they failed to fill.

It was around this time, that John Lennon began to search for himself. He
began using any means that he thought might help him connect. This era was
marked by the Beatles visits to the Maharashi Mahesh Yogi, and the beginning of
heavy drug use3.


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studio 2 at Abbey Road. They spent
nearly a year recording various tracks for the album and John's state of mind
was steadily declining.

In 1969 when they issued Abbey Road it was no longer difficult to
distinguish between the writings of Paul and John . John was producing works
like "I want you (she's so heavy)" which had the lyrics:

I want you
so bad
it's driving me mad

She's so heavy6

And the more musical and thoughtful work of McCartney, such as "Golden
Slumbers" which was almost a lullaby:

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby


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Category: Music & Musicians
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