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Music Tree of Influence

The Beatles
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Tree of Influence Brian Epstein He first discovered The Beatles in 1961 in a club. Soon after, he became there manager and got them a record contract with EMI. Brian was the strong support system behind The Beatles launching them into fame.
John Lennon Biography. http://www.biography.com/articles/John-Lennon-9379045
Carvern club The Beatles perform at the club for the first time on February 9 1961. The Cavern Club is a significant place for The Beatles because this is where Brian Epstein discovered them and later became their manager. Many famous acts had performed and been discovered here.

The Beatles. http://www.angelfire.com/mn2/beatlespage/ The "Skiffle boom" The “skiffle boom” is a style of jazz played by bands using homemade instruments. It became popular especially in the United Kingdom in 1950. John Lennon was inspired by its up-tempo sound intertwined with pieces of jazz, blues, and country.

The Beatles Biography. http://www.biography.com/articles/The-Beatles-9203410 India The Eastern style greatly influenced the sound of The Beatles, especially with band member George Harrison. He loved the instruments used in the East, such as the sitar. Well acclaimed Indian performer Ravi Shankar taught Harrison how to play the sitar.

George Harrison-Far East Man. http://beatlesnumber9.com/east.html The Ed Sullivan Show The Ed Sullivan Show was a program that broadcasted various types of entertainment. It was on this show that The Beatles broke out in the United States on February 9. 1964. Thousands of viewers watched and went crazy for The Beatles, furthering their success in the U.S.

John Lennon Biography. http://www.biography.com/articles/John-Lennon-9379045 Liverpool Liverpool was the birthplace of all four members. It was here that they met and formed the renowned group, The Beatles. Liverpool’s background and other well-known artists from the Liverpool area such as Rory Storm significantly influenced the musical style of The Beatles.

The Influences and music. http://www.liverpoolcityportal.co.uk/beatles/beatles_influences.html
Motown Like any other group, Motown greatly influence The Beatles as well. The Beatles even sung some original Motown songs such as “Twist and Shout”, “Please Mr. Postman”, “You really got a hold on me”, and a few select others.

The Influences and music. http://www.liverpoolcityportal.co.uk/beatles/beatles_influences.html Brian Wilson/The BEach Boys With the talents of Brian Wilson’s lyrical work, The Beach Boys released “Pet Sounds”, which worried The Beatles by its high success. At the time of its release The Beatles were working on their album Abbey Road, therefore influencing the music on the last half of the album. Wilson’s work inspired the lyrics and sound to “Because”.

3 Bands that influenced The Beatles http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/135437/3_bands_that_influenced_the_beatles.html?cat=33 The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen were a quartet that was known for their harmony arrangements. Brian Wilson became inspired when he heard The Four Freshmen for the first time on the radio while in high school. Brian was amazed by their harmony and tried to copy the harmony arrangements in his own music.

Brian Wilson Biography. http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608004407/Brian-Wilson.html Harry Nilsson Harry greatly influenced John Lennon and was also a close friend. Nilsson was also a musician, but went unrecognized until The Beatles launched his fame. The sound of Nilsson’s song “1941” can be recognized on many of The Beatles albums.

The World's Greatest Band's Favorite Music. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/135437/3_bands_that_influenced_the_beatles.html?cat=33 Chuck Berry One of Berry’s lines from his song “You Can’t Catch Me” was used in The Beatles song “Come Together”. This caused controversy with Chuck Berry and he threatened to sue, but it was later resolved when The Beatles agreed to cover two of his songs. Berry continued to influence The Beatles and can be recognized on “Roll Over Beethoven”.

3 Bands that influenced The Beatles. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/135437/3_bands_that_influenced_the_beatles.html?cat=33 Muddy Waters Muddy Waters is one of the iconic figures of the Blues. It is said that Muddy Waters was the one who helped Chuck Berry land his first recording contract. Chuck went to watch Muddy perform and met him after where they talked and arranged for Chuck to audition for his first record deal.

The Chess Story. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pfWevfqwnT8J:www.bsnpubs.com/chess/chesscheck.html+chuck+berry+and+muddy+waters&cd=12&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Chet Atkins Chet is known as one of the creators of the country music sound. He had one of the most unique picking styles on the guitar, thus influencing the sound that George Harrison produced on the guitar. Chet also had his own brand name guitar that George considered his favorite, and is seen in many performances by The Beatles.

Beatles Guitar & Gear. http://www.edroman.com/featured/beatlesgear.htm Merle Travis Travis was a country western artist who is most well-known for his ability guitar picking, therefore influencing the guitar picking of Chet Atkins. Atkins first heard Travis playing the guitar on the radio and from there Atkins taught himself how to play the guitar from what he heard. Since Atkins couldn’t visually see Travis playing the guitar that is when he developed his own style of picking that made him legendary.

Merle Travis- Biography. http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/travis_merle/bio.jhtml Little Richard Little Richard was one of the most memorable and influential rock icon of his time. Little Richard greatly directed the way and the sound of The Beatles music, such as in the song “Long Tall Sally” featuring falsettos similar to those of Little Richard. He even went on tour with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1962 in Europe.

The Beatles-Influences and music. http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/The_Beatles_-_Influences_and_music/id/4841536 Billy Wright Billy Wright was one of the renowned Blues artists who significantly impacted Little Richard. Wright sung with a gospel-style blues shouting sound, wore stage make-up, and also wore his hair big, just from this description alone you can tell that Little Richard followed in his footsteps. At the age of eighteen, Wright helped Little Richard get a recording contract with RCA.

"Little Richard" Pennimen. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1705 Elvis Presley Elvis is one of the most iconic figures in the 20th-century and is known as the “King of Rock and Roll”. All four Beatle members were impacted by his music and his style of singing. Elvis combined pop, country, and gospel influences into his music. John Lennon stated “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

The Beatles-Influence and Music. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:MPz4x7VUgYEJ:www.experiencefestival.com/topic/articles/article/4841536/a/The_Beatles_-_Influences_and_music/id/4841536+how+Elvis+influenced+The+Beatles&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Gospel quartets Ever since a young age, Elvis had been mesmerized by gospel music. He grew up regularly attending the Assembly of God Church in Tupelo, Mississippi which instilled the gospel sound into his music and his performance. Occasionally Elvis would even have gospel groups and singers as his back-up singers.

Elvis and Gospel Music. http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~presley/elnews-GospelMusic.htm The Beatles Break up The break-up between The Beatles can be looked at as a negative and positive influence. At the time The Beatles weren’t getting along, it opened the door to emotions that each band member expressed through the songs on the Abbey Road album. Each band member began to go their own way and explore new areas which was a bad thing in some ways, but also a good thing because it showed the diversity of each member.

The Beatles Break UP. http://beatlesnumber9.com/breakup.html Maharishi Mahesh Yogi In 1968 The Beatles took a break and went to India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During this time they quit LSD and were inspired to write several new songs which were appeared on their White Album. There is controversy over the rumor that there was sexual indecency, but none the less he sparked some creativity in The Beatles composing.

Meditation on the man who saved The Beatles. http://blog.silentadministration.org/2009/02/meditation-on-man-who-saved-beatles.html Julian Lennon Julian was John Lennon’s son with his first wife Cynthia. Julian inspired Paul McCartney to write this song during the separation of his parents John and Cynthia. Paul had a close relationship with Julian at the time and was concerned for his future, therefore inspiring the lyrics for “Hey Jude”.

The Beatles-Hey Jude. http://www.last.fm/music/The+Beatles/_/Hey+Jude Sr. James Mccartney James McCartney was of course Paul McCartney’s father and avid supporter of Paul’s dreams. James had some music background that he passed onto his son, therefore influencing his desire to be a musician. He taught him how to sing harmony, which was one of the key factors with The Beatles.

'What a father says to his son.' http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=659 Artists Influenced by The Beatles Oasis The group Oasis was formed in 1991 and were greatly influenced by The Beatles. Band member Noel Gallagher states “With every song I write I compare it to The Beatles.” Throughout many of their albums you can hear similarities to The Beatles lyrics such as in “D’You Know What I Mean”, “Take Me Away”, and many others.

Oasis. http://top40.about.com/od/o/p/oasis.htm Jimi Hendrix Hendrix is notably known for his ability to play the guitar and as an influential Rock figure. Hendrix’s performances were recognized by his adventurous and aggressive style. He liked how The Beatles had a psychedelic sound, especially with the song “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in which he made of cover of.

Jimi Hendrix. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:-7V4OJMd67kJ:www.dinosaurrockguitar.com/new/node/24+jimi+hendrix+songs+inspired+by+the+beatles&cd=34&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us The Stone Roses The Stone Roses were a pop group that came from Manchester, England in the 1980’s. They blended psychedelic sound like The Beatles did, they incorporated funk, punk, and dance also. Their music really emphasized the guitar-style and song arrangement that The Beatles used. Their most recognized song is “Fool’s Gold”.

The Stone Roses. http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/stone-roses-biography
The Beatles' Musical Footprints. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1452393.stm
Guns N' Roses Guns N’ Roses were a blend between rock, punk, blues, and metal to create a music with a self-destructive attitude. They hold the record for best selling debut album of all-time with their album Appetite for Destruction. They have also covered “Come Together” by The Beatles.

Guns N' Roses Biography. http://www.8notes.com/biographies/guns_n_roses.asp James Mccartney James is the son of former Beatle member Paul McCartney. Most of his life he has tried to stay out of the spotlight, but has always had an interest in music. Just recently he has been traveling with his rock band called Light that was inspired mainly by The Beatles and many other groups. He also has played and written many songs with his father.

Son of Beatle Mccartney to make debut in Iowa. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:0Fq_u_0LZqUJ:www.radioiowa.com/2009/11/13/son-of-beatle-mccartney-to-make-us-debut-in-iowa/+James+McCartney+influence+from+The+Beatles&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Lenny Kravitz Lenny falls under a variety of music such as funk, soul, hard rock, reggae, psychedelic, and folk. He does not conform to just one genre of music, he can blend a variety of each. Along with his own albums, Lenny has written for other well-known artists such as Aerosmith and Mick Jagger.

Lenny Kravitz. http://www.poemhunter.com/lyrics/lenny-kravitz/biography/ The Bangles The Bangles were an American group who were made up of a female quartet. Band members Vicki and Debbi Peterson, Michael, and Susanna all grew up listening to The Beatles and loved the sound and harmony they produced. The Bangles are known for their hits such as “Manic Monday” and “Walk Like An Egyptian”.

The Bangles: California Dreamin'. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9rWfa3MpJwoJ:www.billdeyoung.com/bangles.htm+the+beatles+influence+the+bangles&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
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