The Beatles: Some History Behind the Influence

Jake Hughes
The Paw Print

The Beatles are an English Rock group from Liverpool that formed in the 1960’s. The Beatles were one of the most successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of music. There is no single reason why The Beatles became so popular, but throughout their reign from early 1960’s to the mid 1970’s they took over the music industry and their success made them the influential band they are in the music industry today.
Four lads of varying in age named, John Lennon, who played rhythm guitar and performed vocals; Paul McCartney, who played Bass and vocals; Ringo Starr played drums and vocals and finally, George Harrison, who was the lead guitarist and also vocals made up the Beatles. Each person in the Beatles had their own individual characters, which is what made the group so special. The Beatles not only influenced the music industry, but they also influenced the social and cultural revolution in the 1960’s.
The Beatles had such a different style from any other band at the time, because they worked in many different genres of music. The group started off rooted in the Skiffle and 1950’s rock and roll, and later on expanding into pop ballads, psychedelic rock and also having some classical influences in their songs. The popularity of The Beatles grew as their music developed and became more sophisticated.
After help from two influential characters, Brain Epstein and George Martin the group broke into the mainstream in the United Kingdom in 1962 with their first single “Love Me Do”. This song gave the group the start they needed and from that record they started to tour widely until 1966. The Beatles played a number of influential gigs on tour, and this is what made them so popular with the changing society of the 60’s.
The success of The Beatles tours drove them to want to branch out into different countries. Countries like the US for example, although The Beatles didn’t want to branch there until they hit number one in the UK. Once they did they began their conquer of America on Feb. 7 1964, and two days later they made their first appearance on American television. The Beatles fame followed them from the UK to the US, and approximately 74 million Americans viewed The Beatles first television appearance. The Beatles first concert in America exploded at the Washington Coliseum. To the delight of The Beatles they had become more and more popular in America over the tour. The Beatles had become that popular over their tour they were to become the first entertainment act to stage a concert at a Stadium. The Beatles played at a stadium in New York City called Shea Stadium to an audience of 55, 600.
Even though the group broke up in the 70’s, The Beatles are one of the most influential Rock and Roll bands. Not only did they influence many artists such as Jimmy Hendrix, David Bowe and Oasis who later on become huge musical talents, but they had a huge impact on British Rock and Roll and also American Rock and roll.
Also, they influenced many other British musicians to branch out into the states, and their success over there was a big part of the migration. Furthermore, they influenced the way that the younger generation would dress, act and live their lives. The Beatles style changed with the times and so did the supporters and loyal followers. is powered by WordPress µ | Spam prevention powered by Akismet