News By/Courtesy: Sneha Suresh | 02 Aug 2020 15:27pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 teens from Liverpool
  • Work hard, make it your life
  • Music that gave birth to Beatlemania

Before we had “The Beatles”, we had simply had four teenagers, John, Paul, George, and Ringo, from Liverpool with dreams. Never could have John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have fathomed they would go on to form one of the most iconic and successful groups in modern history, influencing the pop culture in not only music but even in the fashion industry, film industry, and global representation.

 

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was tough to picture a band hailing from the relatively poor northwest city of Liverpool, England, would manage to get a gig in the thriving London music scene of the south, let alone jump borders to other countries and eventual homegrown success to a world eagerly opening up to the counter-culture movement of the '60s and the escalating phenomenon that was called rock 'n' roll.

A fateful meeting between two music-loving teenagers in 1957 is where history began. Sixteen-year-old rhythm-guitarist Lennon, the son of a merchant seaman, was outperforming with the Quarrymen, skiffle (folk music blended with jazz or blues) band booked to perform at gigs at a church fete in Woolton, Liverpool. While setting up the instruments and sound systems for the evening performance, the band’s bass player introduced Lennon to a classmate, 15-year-old McCartney, who would join in on a couple of numbers that night and soon would be offered a permanent spot in the Quarrymen.

Beatlemania was something new and the craze was attested by their success. They started from total obscurity, worked exceptionally hard, and endured setbacks, failures, and fights before becoming arguably the most famous rock and roll band in history. (Some estimates claim they have sold over 1 billion albums!). 

Starting in 1960, they gained a remarkable amount of experience and familiarity playing in Liverpool and in Hamburg, but they were rejected by at least five record labels before getting their record contract with EMI in June 1962. It took them a while to get signed and even after that it was still a lotta effort before they reached peak success.[i]

During 1962 and 1963, they became increasingly popular in Europe. And then came their American debut in early 1964 and the beginning of their worldwide popularity.

But it didn’t come easy, they worked like dogs. They had a grueling work schedule, and they never had a day off. The group worked from 8 pm to 2 am on weeknights, from 7 pm to 3 am on Saturday.

Music was their passion and that’s all they ever worked on, all day all night. Music was everything and they went deep into it.
Coming out was some of the best records we still listen to.
“Hey, Jude”, “Let it be”, “Yesterday” are just a few of their vast list of record-breaking, chart-topping music that still gives the best feels to listen to even now.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author's personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Aug 2020 3:01am IST


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