About The Beatles
The Beatles were four young guys from Liverpool, England. They became one of the most popular and famous bands ever. They caused a stir all over the world with their amazing music, crazy haircuts, and brilliant personalities. They were a part of a new wave of music called the British Invasion, when all kinds of bands from England became popular in the United States. The Beatles are still one of the most popular bands today, even after more than fifty years.
They were not always called the Beatles. The first name of the band was Johnny and the Moondogs. After that, they changed their name to the Silver Beetles. They soon changed their name again to a shorter version, simply the Beatles. This time, they changed the way the word "beetle" is normally spelled, which made their name more unique.
The band went through a few different members before they settled on what many people would call "The Fab Four."
Let's Meet the Beetles
John was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band. He and Paul wrote almost all of the songs.
Paul was also the lead singer and bass guitarist for the band. Paul played a very unique bass guitar called a Höfner. It looked like a violin, but was electric and had four strings. Paul also played piano and guitar on many recordings.
George was the lead guitarist and background vocalist. George was known as the "Quiet Beatle" and was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He also wrote and sang a number of fantastic songs for the Beatles, like "Here Comes the Sun" and "Taxman."
Ringo was the drummer. He sang only a few songs, like "Octopus's Garden" and "With a Little Help From My Friends." Even today, his drumming is still an inspiration to other drummers. Ringo also played drums for many other bands after the Beatles split up.
By the early 1960s, "Beatlemania" had taken the United States by storm. In February of 1964, the Beatles made their first U.S. appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. The Beatles became the first British band to come to America and win over the audience in a big way!
The Beatles were very successful and even starred in movies, including Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, and Yellow Submarine. They made many hit songs over a very short period of time. For about six years, while the Beatles were at their peak, they were the most popular band in the world . . . by a long shot.
The words and melodies to many of the Beatles songs are as meaningful today as they were in the 1960s. The group had millions of fans who loved and idolized them. In 1970, the Beatles broke up. People still wonder why they broke up. Most people agree that the band had been so close for so long that it was time they played new songs with new musicians. Musicians often like to change things around so they can create fresh ideas. Even though the Beatles would never perform together again, their music would play on and remain popular for decades to come.