The Beatles

The Beatles to this day are one of the most famous and
popular rock 'n roll groups in the world. The Beatles
include George Harrison, John Lennon(1940-1980), Paul
McCartney, and Richard Starkey(Ringo Starr). All of the
Beatles where born and raised in Liverpool, England. John
Lennon was considered the leader of the band. George
Harrison was the lead guitarist. John Lennon was a song
writer, one of the two lead singers, and rhythm guitarist.
Paul McCartney was a song writer, one of the two lead
singers, and a bassist. Ringo Starr played the drums. John
Lennon's first band was called the Quarrymen (named after
his High School). None of the three Beatles were in this
band. Paul joined the group in 1957 and Harrison joined in
1958. They played with bass guitarist Sut Sutcliffe, and
Pete Best, a drummer. Sutcliffe left in 1961 and Ringo
Starr joined the band. Pete Best was asked to leave the
band on April 16, 1962. He was considered the Beatles
undisputed sex symbol. The Beatles were discovered on
November 9, 1961 by Brian Epstein, a manager of a
record store in Liverpool as well as an x British Army
soldier. The Beatles first two song were "Love Me Do" and
"Please, Please Me." The Beatles starred in two movies, "A
Hard Days Night," and "Help." They also had their own full
length cartoon called "Yellow Submarine." The movie "A
Hard Days Night" earned 1.3 million dollars in its first
week. The Beatles early music was influenced by singers
Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. In November of 1963 the
Beatles performed in front of the Queen of England. This
was an incredible honor. By the end of 1963 the Beatles
were the biggest music group in England. The Beatles came
to New York City for the first time in 1964. They were an
instant success. A couple of weeks later after their New
York appearance, the five best selling records were by the
Beatles. They became world famous by the end of 1964.
Also in 1964 the song "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
marked the beginning of "BEATLEMANIA." The Beatles
were unusual because most rock was strong beat with no
melody. The Beatles added melody to rock. The Beatles
also added strong and meaningful lyrics. John Lennon
wrote a book called "In His Own Write." The Beatles
started a new era of music. They wore their hair long and
shaggy. This haircut was known as the Beatles haircut. All
across the world people started wearing their hair like the
Beatles. John Lennon described the Beatles like this "When
you said it, it was crawly things, when you read it, it was
beat music." The Beatles made their last stage appearance
together in 1966. In 1967 the Beatles put together a master
piece. The master piece was Sergeant Pepper's Lonely
Heart Club Band. The Beatles never had a chance to
perform Sergeant Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. Also
in 1967 Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, died.
Also in 1967 the Beatles directed a movie, Magical
Mystery Tour. The movie was about themselves in which
they toured the English countryside in search of wonder,
fun, and magic. In 1970 the world famous and world loved
Beatles separated. Everybody was hoping to see the
Beatles come back together. That hope ended when the
peace loving John Lennon was killed outside his New York
City apartment by 25 year old Mark David Chapman.