John. Paul. Ringo. George. These four British mop-topped masterminds left their mark on the rock era as a little group known as the Beatles. Considered one of the most influential acts in music history, they are an inspiration to us all.
Aside from their obvious talent, the Beatles’ fashion statement helped them on their journey to fame. Brian Epstein worked hard on this band’s image and relations. He told them to wear black suits and a tie, dress shoes, and cut their hair in a trendy style. This helped them improve their public status and reputation. In 1964, the album “Introducing the Beatles” was released. “Twist and Shout,” one of the Beatles’ most popular pieces was actually included in this album. Next came “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Beatles for Sale,” “Yesterday and Today,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club,” “The White Album,” “Abbey Road,” and finally, “Let it Be.” “Yesterday and Today” actually had to have its first cover art recalled due to the four Beatles holding meat and fake, decapitated babies. You can find the original “Butcher” covers on Ebay for around 900,000 dollars.
Out of the four members, Paul McCartney was the main songwriter in the group. Some of his famous songs include “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Blackbird,” and “Let it Be.” John Lennon wrote “Come Together,” “Girl,” “Revolution,” and “Strawberry Fields.” “Hey Jude,” arguably one of their more popular songs was written by Paul, but credited to Lennon. It was created by Paul to comfort Lennon’s son during his parent’s divorce. Altogether the Beatles wrote over 240 songs.
Right until the bitter end the Beatles were one of the most popular bands in the world. In September of 1969, John informed the Beatles of his leave from the band. In 1970, the Beatles broke up forever. When John Lennon was in his 40’s he was shot in the head by Mark David Chapman. Two members of this band are still living today, Paul and Ringo. They both have solo careers and are still writing music. Although the Beatles may be gone, they will always be remembered and have a special place in our hearts.
By Gentry Maughan