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Transcript of The Beatles
Members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Developed local following in Liverpool clubs (1960-1963)
Influenced by black music, mainly rock and roll and musicians like Chuck Berry. Elvis Presley, and Roy Orbison.
"Love me do", their first model hit helped them to gain their popularity in the UK. (1962)
Have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. (WIki)
2012- sold 177 million units in the US, more than any other artist John Lennon October 9, 1940- December 8, 1980 (40 years)
Born and raised in Liverpool
Became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager
His first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960.
Guitarist in the Beatles Paul McCartney June 18, 1942
English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer
Guinness World Records described McCartney as the "most successful composer and recording artist of all time", with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles George Harrison February 25, 1943- November 29, 2001
English musician, singer, and songwriter
Lead guitarist of the Beatles.
Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote most of the Beatles' songs, Harrison had at least one compositions in each album. ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun".) Ringo Starr July 7, 1940
English musician and actor
gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.
Before joining the Beatles, he was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory storm and the hurricanes.
Lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs ("With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine") Beatlemania 1963-1966
Term that described the hysteria resulting from the Beatles rise
When their fame had reached a high, and they had a huge impact on the young
Influenced men fashion
Girls had become injured at every performance in attempts to see the boys
At one point in 1956 it was stated that the Beatles were even more popular than Jesus. (John Lennon) She Loves You Released: August 23, 1963 in the UK and September 16, 1963 in the US
October 2005 - Uncut magazine named it the third most important song that changed the world, right behind Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel”and Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone”.
November 2004 – Rolling Stones ranked it number 64 on their list of of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Framed around the use of personal pronouns
Not written in first person – narrator acts as a helpful go-between for lovers. “ yeah, yeah, yeah” catchphrase proved an instant musical hook, having a huge effect on the Beatle’s image
In some parts of Europe they became known as the Yeah-Yeahs
Speaks of real-life dynamic between lovers
Places responsibility on the man, not his partner. ("You know it’s up to you, I think it’s only fair, Pride can hurt you, too, Apologize to her")
The man is at fault and the lyrics encourage him to apologize, which was a novel perspective for the time (departure from traditional blues and rock and roll themes).
This theme of female empowerment is continued throughout many of The Beatles other songs.
“Let It Be” – Virgin Mary speaks “words of wisdom”.
“Lady Madonna”- narrator wonders how women persevere and make ends meet.
“Blackbird”- sympathetic to the Civil Rights Movement in America and encourages African American Women to “take these broken wings and learn to fly”.
Aware of their mostly female following, The beatles took advantage and wrote songs that would attract such attention. Human Experience & Importance Walter Ulbricht, father of the socialist German Democratic Republic, referenced the song in his famous speech about copying culture from the western world – “Monotony of the yeah yeah yeah and whatever it is called.”
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1964 album, and again for a 1990 TV special and soundtrack. The Beatles are known as the most commercially successful act in the history of popular music. Prior to their increase in fame, young girls were typically followers of the postwar culture, leaving themselves to domestic responsibilities and strict parental control. In The Beatles hit She Loves Me, and several others, women were noticed as empowered and represented as fully formed characters, therefore paving the way to the change in popular music forever. Thesis Works Cited
Stark, Steven D. Meet the Beatles: a cultural geography of the band that shook youth, gender, and the world. New York: HarperCollins Publishing Inc., 2005.
Harrison, George. I Me Mine. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002.
David Haber. The Internet Beatles Album. 1995-2006. 13 Apr. 2006<http://www.beatlesagain.com>.
"Beatles, The." (n.d.): Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.