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Each decade there comes radical changes in popular culture that define generations. The 70's saw Disco, the 80's saw the rise of hard rock and the 90's saw Grunge.
In the 60's there was one band that defined the music of that decade.
The Beatles took the budding genre of Rock'n'Roll and turned it on it's head, introducing the world to a fresh new sound that saw an evolution throughout their career.
They introduced a new live sound to the pop-rock genre and developed some of the earliest known prog-rock sounds, which saw them create something new and exciting that really drew people to their music.
The band began at a school in London when a young musician by the name of John Lennon was looking to start a music group. Lennon quickly became friends with a young Paul McCartney and the two began to play music together.
A little while later a friend of Lennon's, George Harrison was invited to some watch the group perform a gig. Eventually Harrison auditioned to play lead guitar. After a lot of consideration he joined the group in 1959. As they got booked to play more and more they realized that they were without a steady drummer.
A few of Lennon's art school friends would sit in from time to time, but eventually they brought in a young man by the name of Ringo Starr. The band recorded their first demo together in 1962 at Abby Road Studios in London. 'Love Me Do', 'Please Please Me' were among the first tracks recorded and they eventually became two of the most popular songs of the Beatlemania era.
After residencies in Hamburg and a growing popularity in London it was time for the Beatles to take their act across the pond to the United States. With some of their music having already made it over to the States, it was only a matter of time before their popularity took off.
When they arrived pandemonium is not even an appropriate word to describe the scene. Thousands of fans arrived at the airport along with them and Beatlemania officially began. The next night they made their first nationally televised appearance in front of over 70 million people. The Beatles had arrived in a very, very big way.
From the moment they arrived The Beatles began to change the face of rock music. As their career progressed so did their musical styles, lyrical content and personalities. They evolved a genre over the course of an entire decade.
Pop songs, love songs, progressive rock style instrumentation were all represented. Album after album, hit after hit they built a legacy that has stood the test of time. It was as if they created their own musical revolution that moved millions of people.
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