Artists that Influenced The Beatles Essay

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In the eyes of many, The Beatles are one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. They have influenced me in my everyday life and so many great musicians in the past 50 years. This fact alone, makes it hard to imagine that they were once influenced by someone else. While doing some research, I found various artists that influenced them through the beginning of their careers until the very end. In the following paragraphs, I will be sharing with you a few of the artists I thought to be the most influential to The Beatles extremely successful career and why I thought them to be so influential. In their youth, The Beatles were avid followers of early forms of Rock and Roll. Skiffle was a popular form of music in post war Britain…show more content…
“John was fascinated not only with Presley’s voice, but also by the jagged guitar work that propelled ‘Heartbreak Hotel’” (Hall 1). The Beatles admired him not only for his music, but for his style. They quickly slicked their hair back, got sideburns, tight jeans called “drainpipes”, and crepe-soled shoes, all in true Elvis style. John was so inspired by Elvis, that it drove him to create his first skiffle group called The Quarrymen. Another early influence of The Beatles, was one of the most influential guitar players of early rock and roll, Chuck Berry. Berry was known for cultivation and development of rhythm and blues music. He is known as one of rock and roll’s pioneers. Not only was Berry’s style heard a lot in early Beatles albums, his songs “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music” were later covered by The Beatles. In 1963, The Beatles reached their first number one hit. Though “Please Please Me” has more of a high energy fast tempo, the song was inspired by Roy Orbison’s 1960 hit “Only the Lonely”. It was John Lennon’s attempt at writing a Roy Orbison song. The Beatles were fond of Roy Orbison’s song writing and distinct singing approach. “Roy Orbison had one of the most distinctive and expressive voices, with a three to four octave range to match, in rock and pop music” (Tranquillo 24). Another influence found in the chart topper was The Everly Brothers. The opening verse of “Please
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