The Beatles: The History And History Of The Beatles

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The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. (Unterberger) They are most well known for their albums: Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles("White Album") (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). They are the best selling band in the United States with over one hundred and fifty million units sold according to the RIAA. Up until the band's break up, they created many songs that changed the form of popular music on the airwaves for years and years. Although not all of the members are still alive and well as of today, their music has made a longlasting impact that will be enjoyed by those who hear it for generations upon generations to come. The Beatles began to form in March of 1957 due to John Lennon starting a music group with some of his friends from Quarry Bank High School called “The Blackjacks”, which was later changed to “The Quarrymen” due to another well respected local band sharing the name of “The Blackjacks”. Paul McCartney later joined the group after he met Lennon in July of the same exact year in which the band was formed. In February of the next year, McCartney invited his friend, George Harrison to audition for Lennon in order to join the band. While Lennon was impressed by Harrison's skill, Lennon refused to let Harrison join due to his young age, but changed his decision in just a month after the audition due to Harrison's persistence to join. All three of the members were guitarists and only played when they could find a drummer. 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. Each show in the United States was roughly thirty minutes and attracted ten to twenty thousand fans in cities such as San Francisco and New York. In August, jornalist Al Aronowitz was able to set up a meeting between Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Dylan visited them in their New York hotel suite and prsented them cannibas.

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