In August of 1960, the Beatles embarked on a trip to Hamburg that would change music history forever. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best at this time. The reason for going to Hamburg was simple. The bandâ€™s current manager, Alan Williams felt that money could be made in the rough German city. While money would be made, the biggest legacy of the trip to Hamburg was the skill set that the band developed in playing a brand …Click here to read more
The Beatles are the most recognizable band on earth, so it is hard to imagine that there were once other members in the band. Before the lads from Liverpool hit it big, they had two previous members, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.
Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon both attended the Liverpool College of Art, and were introduced by a mutual friend. According to Lennon, Sutcliffe was a talented artist with an impressive portfolio. He became the bassist for the …Click here to read more
Estimated to have sold over one billion units (singles, LPs, cassettes, CDs, etc.), the Beatles will undoubtedly be an influential musical act well into future centuries. Their ability to incorporate every conceivable genre of music into their own compositions is unmatched, and their influence on popular culture is also unparalleled.
So encompassing was their influence that at one point in early April, 1964, 12 of the Top 100 Billboard singles were by the Beatles, including numbers one through five, an unprecedented accomplishment. The band “officially” released 55 singles during …Click here to read more
The place was Jacksonville, Florida. It was February 6, 2005 – a Sunday. The time: Half-Time. Any card carrying super fans who spend every waking moment watching Direct TV Sunday Ticket know that date. It was the day when a Beatle stole the Super Bowl.
Selected after the infamous half-time show featuring Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, Paul was believed by many NFL officials to be a “safer” choice. Truth be told, McCartney didn’t have to do much when he took the stage – his presence alone was enough. However, he belted out a set of Beatles songs including “Drive My Car,” “Get Back,” and “Hey Jude” as well as performing “Live and Let Die” from his time with the Wings.
The crowd was absolutely enthralled with the show and even a few former Presidents (George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton) were amongst those cheering. Unfortunately, when the set was done and the curtains lowered, people were left with a strange mix of feelings.
They had come for the Super Bowl, but there was no argument in anyone’s mind that Paul’s performance had quite literally stolen the show. The game continued nonetheless and the Patriots came out on top, but Paul was the real winner that day.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are the most successful songwriting duo in the history of music. The success and influence they have had are unprecedented. The duo wrote twenty number one singles in the US, more than any artist in history. What makes that feat even more amazing is that they accomplished that in only eight years. The closest competition is Mariah Carey, who has taken more than 20 years to get 17 number one singles and she has hired multiple teams of songwriters to get the material to accomplish that. …Click here to read more
Opened in January of 1957, the Cavern Club was a fledgling jazz club in Liverpool. Its owner, Alan Synter, wanted to bring a little culture to the working class city. Within a few months of opening, Synter gave way to pressure a let skiffle bands play in the club. Skiffle was a hybrid form of music that was popular with many teens at the time. One of the bands to play at the club was the Quarrymen in January of 1958. This band would help place the city of Liverpool and the Cavern Club …Click here to read more
If it were not for Brian Epstein, many people may have never know the wonderful music of The Beatles. It was due to Epstein’s enthusiasm, guidance and persistence that led the musical group to their success. The relationship Epstein and the band started after Epstein caught a lunch concert of the band’s. He was quite impressed with the music and most importantly, the charisma that emanated from each member.
Once Epstein gained managing rights of The Beatles, he spent much time flying back and forth to London to try to secure a recording deal for the group. Many record …Click here to read more
In August of 1960, the Beatles embarked on a trip to Hamburg that would change music history forever. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best at this time. The reason for going to Hamburg was simple. The band-s current manager, Alan Williams felt that money could be made in the rough German city. While money would be made, the biggest legacy of the trip to Hamburg was the skill set that the band developed in playing a brand …Click here to read more