John Lennon learned how to play the banjo at a young age and guitar. He started a high school band called "The Quarry Men". After one of his concerts, he asked Paul McCartney to join and later George Harrison at the age of 15. Brian Epstein who owned a record store heard about them and producer George Martin signed them to Parlophone Record label. The first recording session was at Abbey Road Studios. The drummer was not that great, so they replaced him with Ringo Starr. They recorded "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", and "Please Please Me" but chose "Love Me DO" as their first single. The Beatles debut LP album Please Please Me was what put them on the charts. Their fourth single "She Loves You" was the fastest selling record until 1978 and sold a million copies in four weeks. This started their tours around the UK and eventually the United States.
American radio stations had been playing the Beatles music. The radio had led to sales of millions of Beatles singles and albums. For weeks, the country had been warned "The Beatles Are Coming!" CBS and ABC showed film of The Beatles' arrival in America at New York's Kennedy Airport on their evening news shows. Over 4000 fans were at their when their plane to the United states took off and over 3000 American fans were at the airport waiting for their plane to arrive. They had a special appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show which had over 73 million viewers and became the most watched "episode" at the time. After a performance at Carnegie, they went to start tours in Sweden and other European countries.
The Beatles are known to have started the British Invasion here in America. After a long time of popularity, they decide to break up due to their emerging differences in music. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr all began solo careers and released separate albums. As a whole, they won many awards for their music, had a very large following, and are recognized still to this day as being one of the greatest bands in history; however, people tend to overlook the personality. Despite singing about peace and love, John Lennon was abusive to first wife Cynthia and second wife Yoko Ono. He admitted in multiple interviews that he hits woman and does not think of them as equals to men. He made an extremely racist song comparing the struggles women face to the oppression of African Americans.
- Please Please Me
- Magical Mystery tour
- The White Album
- Rubber Soul
- Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
British Invasion Characteristics
- From the UK
- Mix between Rock music and Jazz
- Inspired by American Rock Musicians
- Beat music, British beat, or Merseybeat is a genre that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1960s that a mix of rock, be-bop, and R&B.
- All bands produce songs with a lead, rhythm, guitar, bass, and drums.
"Love Me Do"
H- backup vocals, guitar, bass, drum set, harmonica
M- main vocals
R- moderate, in 4
- Rock: British invasion
- Intro- chorus- chorus- verse 1- interlude-chorus- chorus-outro
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