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show. Seventy million people watched The Beatles that night on Ed Sullivan. Also in 1964, they shot and released their first full-length motion picture, “A Hard Day’s Night.” This black-and-white film, depicted a fictional day in the life of the Fab Four, is still hailed today as a cinematic masterpiece (History of the Beatles 4). Even their mop-top haircuts and unusual clothing were having a wide influence on both American and British youth. By 1965, although the Beatles were still remarkably successful, some of the magic of Beatlemania had started to fade. The Beatles were becoming increasingly frustrated that no one (including the Beatles themselves) could hear the music over the fans’ screaming. The Beatles second film, “Help!” while still entertaining and very

successful, seemed to lack the acclaim of “A Hard Day’s Night? (The Beatles 3). The Beatles were clearly exhausted from their grueling recording and touring schedules and were becoming very sick of life in a fishbowl. Despite this entire furor, the Beatles, and the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney in particular, were showing remarkable growth. With each album, the music was growing more complex. Still, the lyrics remained boy-girl oriented and seemed to have little else to say. By 1965, John Lennon, an unfailingly honest man, was getting very tired of acting like a mindless pop idol just to remain successful. The influence of Bob Dylan led John to write more honest, introspective, thoughtful lyrics. The Beatles were rewriting all the rules of pop music and although they

were outgrowing their mop-top images, the fans were, for the most part, growing right alongside them. Yet, to frame it another way, the first signs of the splintering of the Beatles were becoming visible in 1965. Trying to take some control of the sinking ship, Paul McCartney suggested that the Beatles try to “get back” to the old days of performing good old rock-and-roll live in the studio and going on the road with the results. The others refused to tour, but it was decided that the sessions would be filmed and made into a documentary. The Beatles all remembered the period as a terrible time. The Beatles had grown too far apart for such a project to work (Hertsgard 3). The cameras captured the band members arguing with each other and generally looking bored and unhappy.

However, the Beatles decided to go back to the studio and make one more album. Knowing that it would be the last album, the Beatles put forth their best and most cooperative album since Sgt. Pepper: Abbey Road (History of the Beatles 4). This album features some of the best work from all four of the Beatles and created a musical legacy of which can still be felt today. Beatlemania started on the British Isles and it covered the whole world. There was yelling and screaming for three years. Fans would shout uncontrollably, become emotionally or mentally excited and even faint sometimes when it came to the Beatles. Every country had experienced this emotion of being introduced to the greatest rock and roll band ever, and they called it Beatlemania (The Beatles 2). ?History of the

Beatles.? http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/3995/history.html. March 4, 1999. ?The Beatles.? http://www.paragraph.se/beatles/history.html. March 4, 1999. Hertsgard, M. ?The Beatles.? Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. March 14, 1999.