Essay on The History of the Beatles

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The History of the Beatles

The Beatles are known to many as one of the greatest bands of all time. Their music has influenced many people, including the Queen of England, future musicians, parents, and teens. All four, Ringo Starr, Paul McCarteny, John Lennon, and George Harrison, were knighted by the
Queen. The controversy of the statement made by John Lennon that "sparked protesters everywhere to burn countless records. Teens were influenced by the peaceful lyrics and hippie messages. Numerous musicians of today count the Beatles among of their inspirations. The modern rock band "Oasis" has stated that they get their greatest influence from the Beatles" (Lewisohn, 56).
This great band had small beginnings, however.
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He had an Irish heritage, and was "the son of a friendly local bus conductor" (Schaffner, 19). George was only sixteen when he joined the band, which was, at that time, The Quarrymen. He was allowed to join because John was very impressed that he could play "Raunchy," a popular song at the time, note for note
(Lewisohn, 3). As soon as George joined, he, Paul, and John dropped out of school (Schaffner,

This band had three guitarists, singers, and songwriters, but no bass or drums. After trying many people, they finally settled on Pete Best on drums. They recruited Stuart Sutcliffe on bass, and although he was a talented artist that John had met at school, he could hardly play his instrument
(Wiener, 4). The new band had no name, and their early inspirations were Buddy Holly, and the
Crickets. John created the name "Beatles," because "'I [John] was looking for a name like the
Crickets that means two things. From Crickets I went to Beatles... when you said it people thought of crawly things, when you read it it was beat music.'" (Schaffner, 20). So the Beatles were born.
They began to play at a club called The Cavern in Liverpool, after a destructive tour in Hamburg,
Germany. Soon after this, Stuart became engaged and left the band. To compensate, Paul picked up the bass and became the permanent bassist. After hearing the young Beatles at The Cavern,
Brian Epstein signed on as manager. Soon after, George Martin
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