The Beatles


Where does someone start when describing the impact The Beatles had on both the music and cultural movement of rock and roll? The Beatles went through phases, such as their first phase which was the clean cut look with the “mop top” hairstyle during the early sixties. This era gave The Beatles their start and made them heartthrobs for many teenage girls during this phase; this put The Beatles on the map in both the UK and the United States starting what is known as the British Invasion. The British invasion included many other artists and musical groups such as The Rolling Stones and The Animals. The Beatles debut album Please Please Me, which was released in 1963 features some iconic songs such as “Please Please Me”, “Love Me Do”, and “Twist and Shout”. All four Beatles members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison wrote songs, however, most Beatles songs are written by McCartney and Lennon. As The Beatles entered their psychedelic phase, it becomes easier to determine if McCartney or Lennon wrote a song due to the lyrics and style. The Beatles also made films and created soundtracks to go along with the films such as Help! which features “Help” and “Yesterday”. Another film they created with a featured soundtrack was The Magical Mystery Tour which features songs such as “I Am the Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields”.  This film did not do very well due to the psychedelic imagery and ideas which are hard to follow. When The Beatles entered their psychedelic phase, they began experimenting with sound and different instruments. Experimentation and discovery of new sounds is vital for artists because it allows an artist or group to stay relevant and fresh. In their album Rubber Soul, the song “Norwegian Wood” shows experimentation by having Harrison play the sitar which is an Indian lute. The album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heartsclub Band was also a huge success coming from the psychedelic phase. This album features “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, “A Day in the Life”, and “When I’m Sixty Four”. The Beatles developed both musically and personally throughout their time together. The Beatles history goes deeper than simply the music they created and the audience they performed to. The Beatles story is a great one and the people who got them to fame have important roles as well, such as their manager, Brian Epstein, who put his heart and soul into making sure The Beatles would have success. There are many other albums that I did not mention such as Abbey Road, Let It Be, and White Album, because I could sit here all day and write novels on each album and its impact to the career of The Beatles. The story of The Beatles is  very interesting, and if The Beatles are band that you are interested in, then I highly suggest you do some research on them, if you have not already; just simply google an album or go on itunes or Spotify and listen to some songs. In addition, I created a playlist as well for The Beatles in my playlists tab on my home page.


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