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The Beatles

  1. 1. By Frank Morello
  2. 2. 1957-1962 <ul><li>Started by John Lennon(16) as a group called the Quarrymen in 1957 </li></ul><ul><li>Paul McCartney(15) joined after meeting Lennon later that year </li></ul><ul><li>George Harrison(14), a friend of Paul’s joined in 1958 </li></ul><ul><li>Hired Pete Best as drummer in 1958 as well </li></ul><ul><li>Changed name to The Beatles, after an old band mate suggestion </li></ul><ul><li>Started performing in clubs in Hamburg, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>All except for Lennon got deported due to various reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Preformed in the Cavern Club in Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>Signed Brian Epstein as manager, and George Martin signed them to a contract under EMI’s Paraphone. </li></ul><ul><li>Kicked out Best as the drummer, and replaced him with Ringo Starr(22) in 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>Started recording their first album in Abbey Road </li></ul>
  3. 3. Please Please Me (1963) <ul><li>Released on March 22 nd , 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>Single’s included “Please Please Me”, “Twist and Shout”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Love Me Do” </li></ul><ul><li>Very few edits and over-dubs to try to create that “Cavern Club” feel </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 39 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Created the first idea of a self contained “rock band”, where the artists wrote, and preformed their own music </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded in a single day, because Lennon had to build his voice up to sing “Twist and Shout” </li></ul>
  4. 4. With The Beatles (1963) <ul><li>Second album to ever sell a million copies in the U.K </li></ul><ul><li>Stayed on the top of the sales chart for 21 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 420 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “All My Loving” </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) <ul><li>Soundtrack to their first movie, of the same name </li></ul><ul><li>The most famous song, and title track “A Hard Day’s Night” was written by Lennon in one night, when the director said they needed a theme song </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 388 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, and “I Should Have Known Better” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Beatles for Sale (1964) <ul><li>The first very minor evolution of Lennon/McCartney's writing </li></ul><ul><li>Singles include “Eight Days a Week” </li></ul><ul><li>Started doing very little overdubbing and four-track recording </li></ul><ul><li>“ Eight Days a Week” was the first song ever to use the fade in and fade out technique </li></ul>
  7. 7. Help! (1965) <ul><li>Soundtrack to their second film, of the same name </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “Help!”, “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday” </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 332 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Saw The Beatles starting to move away from the pop or beat music, and on to something more mature </li></ul><ul><li>More overdubbing and four-track recording, allowing Lennon to start using an acoustic guitar more then ever before. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Rubber Soul (1965) <ul><li>Considered the turning point in The Beatles musical style </li></ul><ul><li>Started to expand their musical instrument catalogue, allowing for Harrison to play the sitar in “Norwegian Wood”, and Starr to use more kinds of drums </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 5 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “Drive My Car”, and “Nowhere Man” </li></ul><ul><li>First album recorded to not be interrupted by tours </li></ul>
  9. 9. Revolver (1966) <ul><li>Widely considered to be “part two” to Rubber Soul </li></ul><ul><li>Kept the same basic music styling's of Rubber Soul </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” </li></ul><ul><li>Never preformed any of the songs live, allowing them to experiment </li></ul><ul><li>The drug influence on The Beatles started to appear in their music, mostly in Lennon’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 3 rd greatest album of all time </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) <ul><li>The first ever “concept album”, which is when songs of different tracks flow into each other seamlessly </li></ul><ul><li>Highly regarded as the greatest album of all time (Rolling Stone, many others) </li></ul><ul><li>At this point they stopped touring, allowing them to fully experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Created an alter-ego band, giving them freedom to experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Hits included “Lucy in the Sky With Diamond”, “A Day In The Life”, “SPLHCB/With A Little Help From My Friends” </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Beatles/The White Album (1968) <ul><li>The biggest Beatles record, containing two full records </li></ul><ul><li>Ringo quit for a short while during the recording, leaving Paul to pay drums in some songs </li></ul><ul><li>Marked the first appearance of Yoko Ono in the studio, John’s girlfriend at the time </li></ul><ul><li>The start of band ending tensions </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 10 th greatest album of all time </li></ul>
  12. 12. Abbey Road (1969) <ul><li>The last album that the band recorded </li></ul><ul><li>Iconic album cover of the band walking across Abbey Road </li></ul><ul><li>Highest selling Beatles album </li></ul><ul><li>The B-Side (The Medley) is a 16 minute string of shorter songs, forming one longer song </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 14 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Singles included “Come Together”, “Something”, and “Octopus’s Garden” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Let It Be (1970) <ul><li>The last released Beatles album </li></ul><ul><li>The idea was to recorded the whole album “live”, without any post production </li></ul><ul><li>Released alongside a documentary movie, of the same name </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Stone ranked it the 86 th greatest album of all time </li></ul><ul><li>Ended with the famous ‘Rooftop Concert” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Career Synopsis <ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Beatles, Post Breakup <ul><li>Highly regarded as the greatest band of all time </li></ul><ul><li>This year, their entire catalogue has been re-mastered, and re-released </li></ul><ul><li>The Beatles: Rock Band came out on 9/9/09, bringing the music into the 21 st century </li></ul><ul><li>Forty years since their breakup, they are still the most highly regarded, and best selling band of all time </li></ul>
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