The Beatles - Songs


Beatle songs have taken an indelible spot at the top of the pop charts and remained there for nearly 50 years without stopping. From their origins as fresh-faced teenagers in Liverpool, England to their emergence as arguably the most influential rock band in history, this is truly a group whose music changed the world. Formed in 1960 by then sixteen-year-old John Lennon and his fifteen-year-old friend Paul McCartney, The Beatles started out as a teenybopper rock band, emulating their musical influences such as Buddy Holly and the Crickets, who also inspired their name. Early songs Beatles fans would come to love included "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me."

Within a few short years, the band had unprecedented success in Great Britain. Their third single, "From Me To You" (1963), began a long string of Beatle songs that would top the charts. From 1963 to 1970, eleven of the twelve studio albums they released in the UK hit number one. No group before or since has had anywhere near that kind of success.

In 1964, the Beatles took their act across the Atlantic to the US, beginning a movement that would become known as the "British Invasion." Their first television appearance, on the Ed Sullivan Show, was viewed by some 73 million Americans, including a group of hysterical teenage girls in the live studio audience who screamed so loudly they practically drowned out the band.

As the 1960s progressed, the group began to experiment with different sounds and musical influences, incorporating everything from classical orchestras to the Indian sitar into their sound. The end result was some of the most innovative and mind-expanding songs Beatles fans had ever heard. Songs such as "Ticket To Ride" and "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" took the group into a whole new dimension, and rabid fans enjoyed every step of the ride. In 1967, they reached their zenith with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Containing some of the most critically acclaimed rock songs of all time, including "Within You Without You" and "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite," it is still ranked by Rolling Stone as the greatest rock album of all time. Over the next few years, Beatle songs took on a decidedly psychedelic flavor, mirroring the changing times. Their later albums, including "Yellow Submarine," "Magical Mystery Tour," and the epic White Album all reflected this. Each of the band members was flexing his own song writing muscle by then, contributing to an ever-evolving and more complex sound.

By 1969, when the Beatles began recording "Let It Be," there was tension between the group members, and both John Lennon and Paul McCartney had already begun to branch out with solo efforts. Nevertheless, they managed to put together one more album that included some of their best work, such as McCartney's gospel-tinged title track. In 1970, the band publically announced their separation, ending what had been a brief, shining moment in music history and leaving behind a legacy untouched to this day.



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The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Available on the following DVDs: The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles (more)


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