The Beatles are a legendary band that underwent numerous changes over the years. They rose from a little English band to the most famous rock and roll band in the world. During the 1960s, the Beatles used war and drugs as dominant themes in their music. They brought a whole new view of reality to the American culture. In the early years, The Beatles struggled with band membership. Ultimately, the bands final members were John Lennon, Paul McCarthy, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. In 1957, John Lennon decided to compose a band, never expecting to become the greatest rock band of all time.
John experienced many band names and members such as: The Blackjacks, The Quarry Men, Johnny & the Moondogs, and Silver Beetles. Pete Best was a temporary drummer that was later replaced by Ringo Starr. Rod Davis was a previous banjo player who failed quickly. John Lennon collaborated the name, The Beatles, after having a vision when he was 12 years old. A man came to him with a flaming pie and said unto them From this day on you are The Beatles with an A (DISCovering Biography 3).
At this time The Beatles were looked down upon in Liverpool, the rass roots of The Beatles, while not reacting well to rejection they were determined to become Liverpools top band (DISCovering Biography 3). A local record store manager noticed and paid close attention to the band. He would later be The Beatles manager, known as Brian Epstein. Brian arranged an audition with Decca Records. The turnout was devastational the head of Hahn and Donald Decca Records told The Beatles manager, Guitar groups are on their way out Mr. Epstein(Shotton 73).
The Beatles did not let that stop them a few months later they received an audition with Parlophone Records. George Martin with Parlophone Records signed The Beatles in the mid-1960s. Love Do Me was their first single released on October 5, 1962. Please Please Me topped the British charts in 1963. Please Please Me stayed at the top of the British charts for 30 weeks, establishing the group as the most popular rock n roll band ever seen in UK (shotton 78). Each single created by The Beatles sold over a million copies in the UK.
As time went on The Beatles were growing rapidly as composers and instrumentalists, as well as celebrities, appearing on the highest ated TV show in Britain, Sunday Night At The London Palladium. Beatlemania was soon to strike everywhere. Beatlemania broke out in the British Isles in 1963, the group generated hysteria at all of their public appearances, musical or otherwise(legends2). In 1964, The Beatles conquered the biggest record market, America. Capitol Records heard I Want To Hold Your Hand and took advantage of the opportunity. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964.
They were a smash it was a performance heard around the world. (DISCovering Biography 5). Months later The Beatles ranked top five best singles in the US and Brittian. The Beatles also touched Americans in other aspects than just playing songs on records. America was continuously mourning the death of John F. Kennedy and The Beatles revealed American culture through music(Shotton 97). Americans need joy and excitement to build up the economy. Rock n Roll had died in America until The Beatles Hahn and Donald showed them how to dance again(shotton 99). The Beatles toured America for the first time in 1964.
Touring America meant traveling state-to-state with illions of fans following to be involved in Beatlmania. A Hard Days Night and Help were two motion pictures produced by The Beatles. The Beatles performed in front of 50000 fans at the Shea Stadium in New York (Corbin 189). Lennon states to the press, The Reason why kids are so crazy is that nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up. Not even jesus(Corbin 194). John had to apologize several times to the press, there became anti-Beatles and death threats became more common. Brian Epstein died in August 1967 due to drug overdose.
Things would eventually fall apart for The Beatles (The Beatles3). The band went on to film two more films, The Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine, dedicated to Brian. Outside interest and hobbies started affecting the personal interest in the band. In 1964, The Beatles began experimenting with marijuana and later used lots LSD. The behind the scene arguments went public and business arrangements failed. The Beatles last concert played was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on August 29, 1966. The Beatles broke out with the album originally titled Get Back but later became known as Let It Be, in 1969(DISCovering Biography 11).
Each band member continued on with his or her personal lives outside of The Beatles. George Harrison and Paul McCartneys disagreements resulted in George leaving the band. George returned for the final album Abbey Road in 1969. The Beatles gave their last public appearance on top of the Apple building on January 30, 1969. Each Beatle went down the path of individuality, all still producing music and instigating the peace movement. John Lennon, the founder of The Beatles, is one of the Hahn And Donald most influential individual in the music industry. John married Cynthia
Powell in August of 1962 and became the father of Julian. Only a few years later Cynthia realized, John was rough, ready and not her type at all, but had an irresistible character(legend2). Soon after John re-married to Yoko Ono in November of 1966. John released his solo album Imagine in 1970. Imagine spoke for John as in describing his dream and sent his message across to listeners(Corbin 214). John performed a charity concert in Madison Square on August 30, 1972 to support the mentally handicapped. This concert ended Johns experience with the Plastic Ono Bans.
John and Yoko separated in 1973 due to the press and constant struggles they had gone through. John went to Los Angeles and became a drunk and a manic depressant (Corbin 217). After being alone for some time, John realizes he loves Yoko and they have a son, Sean. John later released another album, Double Fantasy, in 1980. John had begun work on his next album, Milk and Honey, when he was shot in front of his apartment complex in New York. He died at the age of forty in the Roosevelt Hospital on December 8, 1980(Corbin 267). John Lennon created The Beatles and made music that influenced he entire world.
John Lennon was a leader not a follower, he stuck to his beliefs and stood by peoples rights (Shotton 216). He touched the souls of many individuals and can never be replaced. His contributions in the music industry will live on in memory for many more generations to come. Legend is only a vague word to describe The Beatles and John Lennon. The Beatles wanted peace, love, and happiness and they gave it not only to Britain but also to the world around them. Their music touched everybodys lives and gave a new meaning of happiness to America.