The Beatles Were A Liverpool

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The Beatles were a Liverpool, England based rock and roll band consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard “Ringo” Starkey. They began as a small skiffle-band called the Quarrymen, and in the early 1960’s, their popularity soared to an unforeseen degree, transforming them into an international phenomenon and permanent rock icons. (BeatlesTributeBand.co.uk) A band that has been known, loved and praised for over half a century; The Beatles pushed and broke American cultural boundaries as they promoted peace and love through their masterful lyrics and powerful music throughout the time of the Vietnam War. Despite being of British Origin, the Beatles greatly affected the thinking, culture and actions of many Americans. In 1958, John Lennon was introduced to Paul McCartney through a mutual friend, Ivan Vaughan. The two future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, were originally members of separate Skiffle groups, which are bands that play a combination of folk, rock and jazz. Not long after, McCartney introduced George Harrison, who was 14 at the time, to Lennon. After completing an audition in which he performed Raunchy, an instrumental written by Bill Justis, George was graciously accepted into the band, then called the Quarrymen. As the Quarrymen grew, they adopted new members, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, into their band. They began performing in strip clubs and bars throughout Hamburg, Germany. While there, Sutcliffe left the band in order to pursue his love of the Art. Not more than a year and a half later, Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage, which had been linked to his involvement in bar fights. On August 14th, 1962; making perhaps their greatest change to date, Lennon kicked Pete Best out of the band i... ... middle of paper ... ... off as a small skiffle/rock and roll band playing in pubs and clubs throughout Europe. They, through their talent and abilities, pushed their way to the top of charts across the world, becoming one of the greatest music groups of all time. Their appearance into American culture has permanently shifted the musical thinking of citizens throughout the United States. Their influence on the American music industry, beginning in in early 1964, has continued for over 50 years and will continue to as long as producers and listeners maintain their comparing of bands of all genres to The Beatles. They pushed for peace in a time where peace was not on many minds, they fought for what they knew was right. On the condition that The Beatles continue to be compared to as they are being, they will always be remembered as one of the greatest bands ever to play in the United States.

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