The Beatles

The Beatles were the most popular musical act of the 1960s, and one of the most universally acclaimed groups of the 20th century. A highly productive quartet, their music developed at a rapid pace, beginning with a rudimentary rock-and-roll sound.

Within their ten-year span, they managed to incorporate numerous other influences in their songs, including chamber music, electronic music, music hall, psychedelic rock, nursery rhymes, and classical Indian music. Their lyrics articulated many of the themes of a socially volatile era and they perpetuated a humorous, working-class demeanour while drawing onideas from the art underground.

Their melodious vocal lines and inventive chord progressions are still highly influential. They comprised four highly distinctive individuals, reflecting a wide range of interestsand personality traits. The combined force of the Beatles' achievements is regarded by many as the most potent in rock music.

The later Beatles albums were like variety shows a miscellany of rock, blues, country, folk, ballads, social commentary, nursery rhymes, 1920s parodies, and satires of other pop groups, with an occasional injection of surrealism. Most of their material was credited to Lennon and McCartney as a team; in time Lennon's sardonic songs were recognizable because they were generally composed in the first person, while McCartney's songsdeveloped scenarios with offbeat characters. Their most acclaimed works were the innovative Revolver (1966); the single-concept album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967); the exuberant Album,The Beatles (1968);and their last joint effort, Abbey Road (1969). (Let It Be, issued in 1970, had been delayed for simultaneous release with a film and book.)

The last concert appearance of the Beatles was in San Francisco in 1966. Amid public quarrels and lawsuits, the singing idols officially broke up in 1970. Lennon had begun recording with his second wife, the avant-gardeconceptual artist Yoko Ono, and McCartney formed the successful soft-rock group Wings with his wife, Linda.Harrison and Starr also recorded solo albums. Rumors that the Beatles would reunite persisted for a decade untilLennon was murdered in New York City in 1980.

Their music, from the not-so-simple love songs they started with to their later perfectionistic studio extravaganzas, set new standards for both commercial and artistic success in pop. Although many of their sales and attendance records have since been surpassed, no group has so radically transformed the sound and meaning of rock & roll.

Ladies & gentlemen the Beatles.

John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starkey

Please Please Me (1963)
With The Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Beatles For Sale (1964)
HELP! (1965)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Revolver (1966)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles ~the white album~ (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)

My favorites: Beatle : John
Movie : HELP!
Album :The White Album
Song : Hey Jude

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