The History Of The Beatles Essay Research

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The History Of The Beatles Essay, Research Paper The Beatles The Beatles are known to many as one of the greatest bands of all time. Their music has influenced many people, including the Queen of England, future musicians, parents, and teens. All four, Ringo Starr, Paul McCarteny, John Lennon, and George Harrison, were knighted by the Queen. The controversy of the statement made by John Lennon that “sparked protesters everywhere to burn countless records. Teens were influenced by the peaceful lyrics and hippie messages. Numerous musicians of today count the Beatles among of their inspirations. The modern rock band “Oasis” has stated that they get their greatest influence from the Beatles” (Lewisohn, 56). This great band had small beginnings, however. On October 9,

1940, John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. He was raised by his aunt Mimi after his parents divorced. He attended an art school after doing very poorly in all aspects of school except art. He began his first band, The Quarrymen, in 1956 (Wiener, 5). He met Paul through a mutual friend at the Garden Fete in Liverpool. Very impressed that Paul could play Eddie Cochran, he then asked him to join The Quarrymen (Dowlding, 30). James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother was a nurse, and his father was a salesman and musician, who played piano in a ragtime band (Wiener, 5). Paul’s mother died when he was fourteen. Paul had been around music his entire life because of his father, but didn’t become interested until the days of

Elvis. After he joined The Quarrymen with John, they both began writing songs such as “Love Me Do,” and “One After 909″ (Schaffner, 18- 19). The third Beatle to enter the band was George Harrison. He was born in Liverpool on February 25, 1943. He was the youngest, but the most talented musically. He had an Irish heritage, and was “the son of a friendly local bus conductor” (Schaffner, 19). George was only sixteen when he joined the band, which was, at that time, The Quarrymen. He was allowed to join because John was very impressed that he could play “Raunchy,” a popular song at the time, note for note (Lewisohn, 3). As soon as George joined, he, Paul, and John dropped out of school (Schaffner, 19). This band had three guitarists, singers, and songwriters, but no

bass or drums. After trying many people, they finally settled on Pete Best on drums. They recruited Stuart Sutcliffe on bass, and although he was a talented artist that John had met at school, he could hardly play his instrument (Wiener, 4). The new band had no name, and their early inspirations were Buddy Holly, and the Crickets. John created the name “Beatles,” because “‘I [John] was looking for a name like the Crickets that means two things. From Crickets I went to Beatles… when you said it people thought of crawly things, when you read it it was beat music.’” (Schaffner, 20). So the Beatles were born. They began to play at a club called The Cavern in Liverpool, after a destructive tour in Hamburg, Germany. Soon after this, Stuart became engaged and left the

band. To compensate, Paul picked up the bass and became the permanent bassist. After hearing the young Beatles at The Cavern, Brian Epstein signed on as manager. Soon after, George Martin became their producer on the Parlophone Records label. Later, Pete Best was fired from the band, because Paul, John, and George did not like him. This caused some people to become terribly angry, but it did not do too much damage to the Beatle’s popularity. They signed their friend and later permanent Beatle, Ringo Starr, on as drummer (Schaffner, 21). Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool. He had a sickly childhood and spent most of his time in and out of hospitals. He had virtually no formal education, and his family came from the slums of Liverpool. His father