Rock and Roll

Tanya Bhutani


How did this musical artist or group change Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues forever?

We live now in the age of the audio download, when music listeners are more likely to buy music over the Internet than in a record store, and when they are more likely to buy one hit song by an artist than an entire album. All resources were focused on the production of a hit song. If it was a popular and many people were listening to it, people would buy it, it would become a hit. The Beatles in their early days thrived because their singles were almost always hits. They worked to make each Beatles album high quality, beginning to end. They began to stress the primacy of the album over the hit song.

What components of this group made them so appealing in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s?

One way of appealing to a very young audience was to meet them on their on standard, and so the Beatles approved the production of a weekly animated series that would feature their music. The Beatles cartoon show ran for three seasons on ABC-TV in the mid-to-late 60s and exposed the younger brothers and sisters of Beatle fans to Beatle music.

Summarize the Roots of Rock “n” roll/Rhythm and Blues.

Rock and roll music emerged from the wide variety of musical genres that existed in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, among different ethnic and social groups. Each genre developed over time through changing fashion and innovation, and each one exchanged ideas and stylistic elements with all the others. New styles of secular music emerged among black Americans in the early twentieth century, in the form of blues, ragtime, jazz, and gospel music. According to the writer Robert Palmer.

Today, what makes this musical artist or group still popular?

They were so popular to the fact that everyone remembered them. They were on the Top 100 hits, and are remembered almost everyday for their success.

What are some of their top songs?

  • Hey Jude
  • Here comes the sun
  • Come together
  • Twist and Shout
  • Penny Lane


August 16, 1962
Manager Brian Epstein fires drummer Pete Best and hires Ringo Starr.

November 22, 1963
The release of their second album, With the Beatles.

September 26, 1969
Abbey Road.

April 15, 1970
Paul McCartney releases his solo LP McCartney along with an interview saying he is quitting the Beatles.

December 8, 1980
John Lennon is murdered in New York.