The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential bands in the history of rock music, the Beatles are known for their innovative songwriting, complex harmonies, and catchy pop melodies.
The Beatles’ early music was heavily influenced by American rock and roll, but as they matured as songwriters, they began to incorporate a wide variety of styles, from Indian classical music to avant-garde experimentation. Their impact on popular culture and music is immeasurable, and their music has continued to inspire and influence generations of musicians.
The Beatles released a string of groundbreaking albums throughout the 1960s, including Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road. They disbanded in 1970, but their music remains popular to this day, and their influence on popular culture has endured. The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and they continue to be recognized as one of the most important and influential bands in the history of popular music.
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Paul McCartney has put together a marvelous solo career, with most of the output coming from 1980 forward. Before that, he was in a pair of bands, the first of which he joined, the second of which he formed. Those two bands, of course, are the Beatles and Wings. The Beatles were recognized by many as the greatest rock band of their time and beyond, while Wings had to deal with critical pot shots for much of their existence. Macca later went on to try his hand at experimental music with The Fireman, as well. Let’s take a look at these three groups and how they compare.
3. The Fireman
Is it possible there’s a band including Paul McCartney that even some diehard rock fans don’t know? It could be, because The Fireman is technically only a duo: McCartney and Martin Glover, the British musician and producer known by the stage name of Flood. It could also be because McCartney and Flood don’t do a lot of publicizing of their albums, of which there have been three as of this writing (the last was Electric Arguments from 2008).
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Paul McCartney didn't initially want strings on 'Eleanor Rigby.' When he agreed to it, the string musicians resented his vision. Here's why.
When George Martin told Paul McCartney that they should add a double string quartet to “Eleanor Rigby,” he was wary. He didn’t necessarily want that type of sound. Eventually, though, he agreed, so long as they followed his vision for the song. This particular vision horrified the string musicians. A Beatles audio engineer shared how they reacted and how they finally achieved the finished product.
McCartney initially played “Eleanor Rigby” on the acoustic guitar. When producer George Martin suggested they get a double string quartet, McCartney hesitantly agreed. He insisted that they achieve a “really biting” sound with the strings, though. This request meant that audio engineer Geoff Emerick had to get creative in the studio.
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John Lennon said the work he put into a Paul McCartney was akin to educating a child. He shared why he felt this way.
By the mid-1960s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote their songs apart, but they turned to each other for help perfecting them. According to Lennon, he helped a great deal with some of McCartney’s most popular songs. He explained that while one song was McCartney’s “baby,” he helped write all but the first verse.
McCartney began working on “Eleanor Rigby” based on the image of someone picking up rice after a wedding. He believed this was so poignant that he wanted to write a song about loneliness.
When asked about the song, Lennon said it was “Paul’s baby, and I helped with the education of the child.” By this, he meant that the song would never have grown and matured if it hadn’t been for him.
“Ah, the first verse was his and the rest are basically mine,” Lennon said in the book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “But the way he did it … Well, he knew he had a song. But by that time he didn’t want to ask for my help, and we were sitting around with details
Do we need another compilation album of Beatles covers from their early years 1962-1966? Well, judging from the 85 tracks on the upcoming We Can Work It Out: Covers of The Beatles 1962-1966 the answer would appear to be a resounding yes. The title, on 3-CDs, from U.K. reissue label Cherry Red’s Strawberry imprint, arrives November 24, 2023.
The set includes a broad range of recording styles from such artists as Peter and Gordon, the Supremes, the Mamas & the Papas, Count Basie, Joe Cocker, the Ventures, the Fifth Dimension, Mae West, Jose Feliciano, and Petula Clark.
From the label’s September announcement: “After the release of the band’s first single, ‘Love Me Do,’ in October 1962, Beatlemania commenced almost instantly and soon their own recordings, as well as covers by others, were omnipresent. In this collection we find artists from France, Holland, America, Italy, New Zealand, Hungary, and Puerto Rico, all proving that The Beatles songs were so great that it didn’t matter what language they were sung in. Sunshine pop sits next to raw soul while bluegrass nudges up against jazz.”
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In 1964, The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr crossed the pond to perform in the United States for the first time.
What followed was an unprecedented level of fanaticism as Beatlemania took hold of America.
Now, a mere 59 years later, 83-year-old drummer Ringo Starr is still out and about on the road with his All Starr Band made up of classic rock icons from Men At Work, Toto, The Edgar Winter Band and more this fall.
However, it appears Beatlemania has subsided a bit; some tickets are shockingly cheap to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer live in 2023.
At the time of publication, we found some tickets going for only $8 before fees on Vivid Seats. Yes, there are somehow tickets under $10 available to see one of the two living Beatles live.
Prices for most other shows start anywhere from approximately $45 to $210 before fees.
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Paul McCartney is embracing a more natural look after being pictured in London this week with white hair and a white beard
Looking closer to his 81 years of age, The Beatles rocker definitely has good hair genes as there is no sign of a receding hairline despite him being an octogenarian. But instead of dying his locks brown - as he was rumoured to have done for 30 years - they are now more of a grey/white.
Although Paul was dressed smartly in a dark suit with a white shirt underneath, he looked like he might be in a hurry to get somewhere as he hadn't shaved. Or could his white stubble be an attempt to regrow the famous beard he rocked in his glory days?
The Hey Jude singer sported a thick beard between 1969 and 1971. Such is the love for it, there are even dedicated blog posts telling his legions of fans how to create the look themselves.
Beatle George Harrison was pigeon-holed as the "Quiet Beatle," but the youngest member of the Fab Four had an acerbic, dry sense of humor that was as sharp as the rest of his bandmates.
He gave great performances in the musical comedy classics, "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!" while holding his own during The Beatles' notoriously anarchic press conferences. After he left the band in 1970, in addition to his musical career, he would produce the 1979 Monty Python classic, "The Life of Brian."
Harrison clearly didn't lose his sense of humor for the rest of his life. Shortly before his death in 2001, he played an elaborate prank on Phil Collins that shows how the "Here Comes the Sun" singer would go the extra mile for a laugh.
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In 1969, The Beatles attended a Christmas party at Apple Corps. The previous year, George Harrison had invited the Hells Angels to a party that quickly devolved into chaos. At the 1969 party, audio engineer Geoff Emerick worried the night would end in horrible tragedy. The studio was under construction, and as the night wore on, he became increasingly — and rightfully — concerned that the floor would collapse under the partygoers.
At the end of 1969, Apple Corps was under construction. The corporation hosted the Christmas party just after the demolition phase of the project, much to Emerick’s concern.
“The most memorable thing about the 1969 Christmas bash was that it nearly marked the end of Apple … literally,” Emerick wrote in his book Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. “The demolition phase of the studio project had been completed by then, although the construction had not yet begun. As you gazed out the window from the second floor, where the party was being held, you looked straight down into this pit, this great gaping hole where the basement had once been.”
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Sir Paul McCartney has shared what The Beatles didn't realise about Elvis Presley at first.
Glastonbury: Paul McCartney virtually duets with John Lennon
Growing up in later 1950s Liverpool, The Beatles were profoundly influenced by Elvis Presley.
John Lennon was taken aback by Heartbreak Hotel and famously said: “Before Elvis there was nothing.”
Little did the Fab Four know that just over a decade later and The King would be covering their tracks at his live shows.
In fact, the five men who make up the two most successful music acts in history met only once back in 1965, when Elvis invited The Beatles to hang out at his LA home.
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