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The Beatles History – The Band That Started A Revolution

By Missy Ray

One of the very few bands that stand out as a major part of music history is The Beatles. It’s impossible to not know who they are simply because music now would not be what it is without them. The group started a crucial movement in history that cemented their legendary status.

For hardcore fans, the real story of the band began in 1960 when John Lennon formed The Quarrymen. Lennon originally played music with his friends. The prototype for The Beatles originally included Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe who is often regarded as the fifth Beatle. Paul McCartney and George Harrison soon became members as well. Ringo Starr however did not come in until much later when Pete Best was dismissed from the group.

It was not clear to Best why he was dismissed and the only explanation given was that the others did not want him in the group anymore. Apparently though, the drummer did not fit in with the group, being the only one who did not adopt the uniform band member appearance and who did not hang out after gigs. He was also deemed musically limited despite being hugely popular among fans. There is no telling for sure if the group would be the legend that it is now if Best was not pushed out.

With Starr on drums, The Beatles, as immortalized in history and collective memory was born in 1962. From the very start, Lennon and McCartney took the roles of songwriters and composers. Clearly though, the two composers differed significantly in style and form, a point of disparity that would later become more pronounced as relations among band members became strained. McCartney’s music has been cited to be the more positive and extroverted of the two while Lennon’s work is said to be more mature and grounded in reality.

Perhaps what kept the group together was the fact that all of them relished integrating a variety of influences and elements. This might seem the norm today but in their time, it was innovative and revolutionary. The group is considered a rock and roll band but in reality, their music is peppered with classical, country, folk and jazz influences. This approach is most likely one reason why their work has endured through the years. There is something for every listener in their albums.

What made the group’s music entirely appealing is that the mixture of genres did not come out as evolutionary. There was no shift of genres just because the band had matured or changed. The mix was simply just a mix. What made their songs even better is the fact that the varying elements did not clash or create discordant sounds. They were able to meld so many different parts into outstanding pieces that touched base with the common people. People came to love their music so much that by 1964, they had unknowingly been able to launch the British music invasion.

A deeper analysis of the story and style of band would probably be too excessive. After all, greater musical minds have weighed in and attempted to define the group’s genius and outstanding commercial success. In a sense, there is no definite way to put a box around The Beatles history. Suffice it to say that they opened the doors to the popular acceptance of revolutionary, inventive and overreaching creativity.

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