Soon after their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles invaded the world with their original music, dance moves, and good looks. This would be the first step in what would soon come to be known as “Beatlemania”. The song that started it all was the popular single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (Sullivan Witnesses Beatlemania). The quirky lyrics made millions of American girls fall head over heels in love with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. After such a successful debut in the United States, The Beatles’ path for success was inevitable.
The following day “ 74 million people—40 percent of the entire U.S. population watched The Beatles of London…a CBS press release report”(Harrington, pg 3). Just two years after they first formed the Beatles were becoming international icons. What made them so successful so soon? During the 1960’s, turmoil and change gripp... ... middle of paper ... ...Some argue they had perfect timing.
It’s hard to imagine that the most covered song in pop history started out as a song about scrambled eggs. The writer of this song, Paul McCartney, was a member of a band in the 1960’s called the Beatles. The members were John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney. Originating in Liverpool, they visited America in February of 1964, 77 days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, bringing with them outrageous trends, revolutionary music, and strong opinions no one could have foreseen ("The Beatles Arrive in New York"). The Beatles changed the way society viewed fashion, music, and politics during the 1960’s in America.
In January of the year 1960, Stuart Sutcliffe purchased... ... middle of paper ... ...ons on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, including the top five. The popularity of The Beatles increased American intrest in British music, opening the doors for other British bands to have some fame in the United States. Their hairstyle, which was long hair, was uncommon in that era and was an emblem of rebellion to the youth at the time. In June and July of that year, The Beatles toured internationally in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. In August, The Beatles returned to the United States and played 30 shows in 23 cities.
Personally, I feel that the Beatles is the greatest band ever because they have influenced millions of people, their music was a huge success, they are well known around the world, and their songwriting skills were legendary. To start off, the Beatles have influenced millions of people all around the globe. In the early ‘60s, teenagers were just beginning to assert their voices as a generation, and the Beatles were something of an outlet for that voice (http://www.hooksandharmony.com/20-reasons-beatles-greatest-ever/). The Beatles appeared in the United States not long after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, so they were sort of an optimistic antidote for a nation under grief (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/music/news/story/2012-06-10/beatles-50th-anniversary/55506324/1). Also, they had an influence of musical style, fashion, and even world view to a degree (in that for maybe the first time, the public cared what a pop start thought).
The need to go to the United States was the great success of their albums. The four went on numerous television shows like The Ed Sullivan show, a late night show like Jimmy Fallon. All great things must come to an end. The Beatles went their separate ways and about 10 years after the split in 1980 John Lennon got shot by Mark David Chapman. Later in 2001 George Harrison died from cancer.
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive, you were only waiting for this moment to be free" - The Beatles In 1960, Paul McCarthy, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, created a rock band in Liverpool named The Beatles, which without them knowing, would become the most successful and popular rock band in the 20th century. Popular enough that the group was the first group ever to perform at a sports arena because they needed a large enough space for all the people that bought the tickets. The Beatles became so powerful that contributed to a movement called “the British invasion”. Before The Beatles, all the musicians that made it into American were Americans.
What started in early sixties as an intense fan following of a British band Beatles , by mid-sixties become a global phenomenon that (London) Daily Mirror named Beatlemania. No other performers before or after Beatles caused such an all-consuming following by media, inspired by a collective hysteria expressed by screaming, weeping and fainting of fans, mostly teen-age girls . Beatlemania expanded through Europe first ,arriving to U.S. in Feb 1964 with Beatles' first U.S Tour .Consequently, it spread throughout the world, lasting until the end of the Beatles' 1966 U.S. Tour and their final live performance in San Francisco. Considered at first to be only a passing teenage trend, Beatlemania in fact had many positive impacts within its historical moment and served as a precursor to future changes in society, music, and history. Beatlemania brought attention to the adolescence and sparked scientific research of this topic.
However, their first single wasn't the record to skyrocket their music career; it was their second hit “Please Please Me” that did the trick. Their fame, then, began to take off in the early months of 1963. After their big break, the band decided to record a full album and spend most of 1963 touring Great Britain (About.com). Even though the Beatles took over Great Britain, they still have yet to make it big in America; the boys looked at that as a challenge, a challenge... ... middle of paper ... ...ecorded his comeback album (“John”). George Harrison, after the Beatles, had a solo career and was a film producer: Handmade Films.
February1964 The Beatles arrive at Kennedy Airport in New York City. They arrive to the drone of hundreds of screaming fans who had been awaiting their arrival. While on their short tour in America they actually appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. The show reached an all time high viewer count of 73 million. The Beatles had been a huge success and America was going crazy with Beatles mania.