Mus 354 Exam 1 Essay

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The Beatles
• John Hannon – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, song writer
• Paul McCartney – vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, song writer
• George Harrison – (Jazz), vocals, lead guitar, song writer (“something”)
• Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) – vocals, drums


Left-handed: Paul and Ringo
Paul is a perfectionist
Ringo – short, more like human being, oldest, older than John by 3 month

4 stage career –
• 1958-1963 – formative, U.K. hits
62-63: “ Please please me”, “Love me do”
63: “She loves you, yeah yeah yeah”, “I want to hold your hand”
• 1964-1965 – U.S. and World tours, pop hits
• 1966-1968 – psychedelic sound and concept albums
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– double lead vocals
• Two after versions released, one with session drummer, one with Ringo on drums
• Not an impressive song
• Epstein helps song hit charts
• First Beatles single
• First Beatles song on chart

“How do you do it”
M. Murray
• First proper Abbey Road studio recording, not an audition
• Beatles recorded song at George Martin’s insistence
• Song hits for Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963

“Please please me”
• John’s song, sings lead





G. Martin realizes this song will reach No. 1 on the British charts
First real Beatles success
Performed on tours and Sullivan show

Please please me album released
• Session completed in one day
• No overdubs or studio effects
• Cover photo looking down from building railing later re-staged for compilation album Mal Evans – equipment and road manager
Neil Aspinal – driver and road manager
“Misery” (L & M)
• Rarity features George playing guitar riffs later added by George Martin on piano
• John’s song, shares lead vocal with Paul
• Vocal harmony intro is effective
• John’s delivery of lyrics is tongue-in-cheek
“Do You Want To Know a Secret”
• George sings lead on John’s song
• Unique chord structure shows
• John’s writing style developing

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