Beatlemania

Topics: The Beatles, George Harrison, Ringo Starr Pages: 4 (1388 words) Published: November 16, 2008
Beatle mania
The year is 1964. The place, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The club is full to capacity. The room’s aroma is one of pure anxiety and excite. Beyond the empty stage there is an ear piercing sound coming from the crowd of people. The sound is both hysterical and joyous. With each passing minute the room’s apprehension gets stronger. As the certain rises and the lights begin to dim, the crowd’s sound increases. Finally, the awaiting moment arrives. When four shadows appear upon the stage the wild nature of the crowd greatly intensifies. Why is the crowd cheering this outrageously? Better yet, who could they possibly be this eager to see? It is none other than the newly famed and acclaimed British group known as the Beatles. The Beatles had a major impact on both British and American society. Their song “Yesterday” was one of their most successful songs, as well as, one of the most played songs of the twentieth century.

The Beatles were composed of four young men from Liverpool, England, a port city in northern England. The members of the group included John Lennon, James Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr. The group began with John Lennon who was the leader of a band called The Quarrymen. This band was known as a Skiffle Group, which Paul McCartney was also a member of. The two were introduced to George Harrison and they all collided together. They began playing together as a band and soon included Richard Starkey as the band’s drummer. The group continued to perform under the name The Quarrymen for a couple of years but a change soon came about. In the spring of 1960 the band changed their name to the Silver Beetles, which was soon shortened to be simply, the Beatles (Stark, Steven D. Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band that Shook Youth, Gender, and the World. New York, HarperCollins, 2005. P.75). The Beatles were a major part of the emerging youth culture...
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