• Composer(s) of the Week:  The Beatles
     
     
     
     
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    The Beatles were an enormously popular rock band, formed in 1960.   The band was formed in Liverpool, England, but became most popular in the United States starting a few years later.  The band had four members, three of which wrote most of the band’s songs:  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr. 

     

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    The band came to the United States to play on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.  73 million people watched the band on TV, which began a craze known as “Beatlemania.”   The band released many albums, which at the time were recorded on records (known as LP’s and 45’s).  Among their most popular songs were Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, Penny Lane, Come Together, Help!, Twist and Shout, Let it Be and I Want to Hold Your Hand.  Beatles’ crowds often featured young women screaming and fainting, and people wildly cheering.  The band even starred in several movies, becoming superstars worldwide.

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    The Beatles broke up in 1970, but several performers had successful solo careers.  John Lennon was well known for his songs about peace during the 1970’s, such as Imagine and Happy Christmas.  Paul McCartney still performs today, and has released hits such as Live and Let Die.  George Harrison released many solo songs, including the #1 hit Sweet Lord.  Drummer Ringo Starr had the least successful solo career, but he still had hits such as “It Don’t Come Easy.”   

     
    McCartney and Starr are still alive and active today.  George Harrison passed away 2001, while John Lennon was tragically killed in 1980 in New York City.  The Beatles are still generally considered the most popular band of all time. 
     

     
     
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