THE BEATLES (1962-1970)....Genre - Rock
9 BEATLES VOTES HAVE BEEN POSTED SO FAR !
I am not going to shower numerous accolades on this group...it's all been said before over the past 48 years ! Before I start this article, I find that the younger generation in some instances only judge The Beatles by their early albums and the singles She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand...explore their work starting at the album Rubber Soul from 1965..their first release of original material and you may be surprised !
This past Thursday, February 9th, 1964 marked the 48th anniversary of The Fab Four's appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show ! I remember watching them as if it were yesterday. It was the beginning of The British Invasion and music would never be the same !..and I was never the same !
I have first hand knowledge of The Beatles since I spent my teen years with them as they were evolving into one of the most if not the most influential rock n roll band in history !..remember this is my opinion and I am stating this fact because they were very popular and just plain Cool in their hey day ! and the Music ...unforgettable and masterful !
The Fab Four hailed from Liverpool, England.... Paul McCartney- bass guitar, piano and vocals, John Lennon - rhythm guitar, piano and vocals, George Harrison - lead guitar and vocals and Ringo Starr - drums, percussion and vocals. They cite American rockers Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and Gene Vincent as their major influences among others.
The group only lasted nine years however in that short time span they released some of the most unforgettable music in rock history ! Out of their 13 albums some of them appear in The Best Rock Albums category even to this day - Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and The White album are regarded as bonified classic albums...also Magical Mystery Tour and Let It Be to a lesser degree. They have over 25 top ten singles and in 1965 the Top Five singles on the charts in the USA were all Beatle songs !!! Their songs are covered by several artists too many to name here ! Some observers say that classically trained producer George Martin was in part responsinble for their success, He indeed embellished The Beatle Sound however Paul and John were the original crafstmen of the stripped down version of the song ! Lennon and McCartney wrote most of the songs either together or own their own, Paul's songs were more of the pop/ballad vein and John's had more of a hard edge and heaviness to them.
Their influence, popularity and originality was unprecedented at the time. Their music consisted of pop, hard rock, experimental and folk ! When one hears the word Pop music they cringe ! The Beatles POP music was not exactly pop as we know it...the POP refers to POPULAR music ! There was no hype with these four lads, just great original rock music ! I know first hand as I lived the era as a teen ! They were and still are AMAZING ! I listen to them almost every day !
SOUND SAMPLES...just a few of several I could have posted..it was a difficult decision !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU7JjJJZi1Q - HELP !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrkwgTBrW78 - Revolution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM0IDLAntVM - Hey Jude
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA9maAERDAs - Twist and Shout