The Influence of the Beatles

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“All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” These words from The Beatles’ song, “All You Need Is Love,” may be some of their most well known lyrics, but they are also some of their most influential and idealized. They seem to have encompassed The Beatles’ lifelong message of peace and love for everyone without any conflicts at all. From a start in humble beginnings to a time of widespread fandom, The Beatles have no doubt been some of the most influential musicians to ever live.

The early years of the Beatles may possibly have been the most important era in modern music history, as they formed the group that would influence and change rock music forever. John Lennon and Paul McCartney met in mid-1957 and soon began playing music together. After playing with several other musicians, the duo eventually added a lead guitarist, George Harrison, as well as a drummer, Pete Best. After settling on the name “The Beatles,” the band broke through when they were discovered by Brian Epstein, a local record store manager, in 1961. With Epstein on board as their manager, they got their music out to all the major British music companies, in the form of tape recordings of some of their songs (“The Beatles Biography,” 1). This finally landed them a deal with EMI’s label Parlophone. With this new outlet for their music, the group fired their drummer, Best, in favor of the much more experienced Ringo Starr. With this addition to the lineup, The Beatles had finally become the group that they would be known and remembered as for years to come. This new and improved band recorded their first UK hit in 1962, “Love Me Do.” This was followed by the recording of their first album, “Please Please Me,” which contained a mix of original songs and some covers (“A Brief History,” 1).

Following the release of this album and a televised appearance at the London Palladium, Beatlemania exploded in Britain. Their debut album turned out to be a hit on the record charts in England. By...
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