The Beatles Become A Pop Craze Sensation
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It's Saturday, October 28th, 1961, and a Liverpool record store owner
names Brian Epstein gets three requests, in one day, for a record called
My Bonnie by "The Beatles", some group that he has never heard of. Epstein discovers
that the group is performing at the nearby "Cavern Club", and takes a
seat in the audience. On January 24, 1962, he signs on as the groups
manager for a hefty 25% of the group's income. Brian remains the
group's manager until his death due to an accidental drug overdose in
On June 4th, 1962, the group, who is now officially and forever known as
"The Beatles" are invited to audition for George Martin of
EMI/Parlophone Records. They perform Hello Little Girl. George is
impressed but doesn't think much of Pete Best's drumming style and
advises the group to find someone else. Pete's kicked out, and Richard
Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, a drummer who covered for Pete,
from time to time, is invited in as a replacement.
Under Epstein's guidance the Beatles become quite successful in Europe,
but that success is but a drop in the pond compared to what is waiting
for them in the United States.
January 20, 1964 marks the date that Meet the Beatles! is released in
the U.S. and by February 15 it makes #1 on Billboard Magazine's chart,
where it remains for 11 weeks.
On February 7, 1964 the "Fab Four" as the Press has started calling
them, land at New York's Kennedy Airport and begins the launch of their
U.S. fame as a result of both the success of their first album and their
now legendary appearance on the wildly popular Ed Sullivan Show which
provided an audience of an estimated 73 million viewers who saw and heard
them perform their chart-smashing hits including All My Loving, Till
There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want
To Hold Your Hand. Beatlemania was unleashed upon the children and the
parents of those children and there was no stopping it.
This performance, as well as their February 11, 1964 live appearance at
the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and the February 12
performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City caused unprecedented
reactions from their female fans including screaming so loudly that the
music was lost in the noise. Girls fainted in their seats and threw
themselves at their newfound idols. The group returned to the U.S. to
play New York's Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965, and their last American
Concert was at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.
That did not dampen their success however. Sales of Beatles albums
skyrocketed and were followed closely by two full-length Beatles movies:
Hard Days Night which was released in the U.S. on August 11, 1964, and
Help released exactly one year later on August 11, 1965.
All together, the Beatles released 48 albums in the U.S. and the U.K.
Some of the best and most popular were:
Meet The Beatles 1964
Beatles '65 1964
A Hard Day's Night 1964
Something New 1964
Beatles VI 1965
Rubber Soul 1965
Magical Mystery Tour 1967
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967
The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 (2 disc)
Abbey Road 1969
Yellow Submarine 1969
Let It Be 1970
The Beginning of the End
The Beatles continued to enjoy phenomenal success at least from the eyes
of their fans. Within the group, however, another story was unfolding.
On January 30th, 1969, the Beatles performed what was to be their last
ever public performance. They played for the world from the roof of
their world-famous "Apple Record Company" which they formed in 1968.
Unknown to the rest of the world, John makes up his mind to leave the
group in September of 1969 but holds off on the announcement because of
ongoing record contract negotiations. They release their last studio
album, Abbey Road, during that same month.
Paul announces that he is leaving the group in 1970, John and his love,
Yoko Ono, check into a London drug abuse clinic, and the Beatles go out
with barely a whimper on October 9th, 1975.
The world mourned the murder of John Lennon outside of his New York City
apartment on December 8th, 1980, when he was shot five times at
point-blank range by David Chapman.
George Harrison died of brain cancer on November 29, 2001, at a friend’s home in Los Angeles. He was 58 years old. Exactly a year later, Eric Clapton and Olivia Harrison organized The Concert for George - a tribute performance that involved the remaining ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as concert supervisor Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Leon Russell and Ravi Shankar. Proceeds went to Harrison’s Material World Charitable Foundation, which he’d founded back in 1973.
his musical career and Ringo dabbles in music and acting.
And there you have it. A much condensed look into the history of what
is probably the best known musical recording group that there ever was.
The Beatles inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.... 1988
John Lennon (vocals, guitar; born 10/9/40, died 12/8/80), Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums; born 6/18/42), George Harrison (guitar, vocals; born 2/25/43, died 11/29/01), Ringo Starr (drums, vocals; born Richard Starkey 7/7/40.
John Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner, 1/19/92. Paul McCartney is his presenter, and Yoko Ono accepts the award on behalf of her late husband.
George harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004
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