"Beatles for Dummies"

Written by Sarah Anne Polsinelli

When someone says "The Beatles", what images come to mind? I see a black and white picture of four guys onstage, sporting mop-top haircuts and grey collarless suits. To many people, that's what The Beatles are - a black and white TV image of their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Inrepparttar spirit of unbiased journalism and avoiding clichés, I will not tell you that The Beatles wererepparttar 138003 greatest and most influential rock band ever. Nor will I tell you that their talents have been unrivalled for 35 years, since their breakup in 1970. I prefer facts, so here's one: The Beatles arerepparttar 138004 best-selling group of all time, with worldwide sales exceeding 1.3 billion records Here's another one: Duringrepparttar 138005 record-breaking week of April 4, 1964, singles by The Beatles were inrepparttar 138006 Billboard's top five positions inrepparttar 138007 singles chart -"Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me". The following week, 14 of their songs were inrepparttar 138008 Billboard Hot 100.

Beatlemania exploded in America in February, 1964, just months after President Kennedy's assassination, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived at New York's JFK airport. They were greeted by thousands of screaming teen girls, andrepparttar 138009 foursome had no idea that they were there for them. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show later that week to an audience of 73 million people, still one ofrepparttar 138010 highest-rated programs of all time.

Withinrepparttar 138011 first few months of Beatlemania in 1964, United Artists quickly produced A Hard Day's Night to capitalize on their infectious popularity. The comedy starred all four Beatles, and is an exaggerated version of 36 hours inrepparttar 138012 life of The Beatles. It was a massive hit and was followed by Help!repparttar 138013 next year, which was produced in colour, but not nearly as "colourful" asrepparttar 138014 first.

They toured for only a few years, recording their albums inrepparttar 138015 interim. To escaperepparttar 138016 throng of hysterical young girls that followed them around, they were forced to sneak out of bathroom windows and swiftly duck into limousines. Many of their concerts were even drowned out byrepparttar 138017 high-pitched shrieks and squeals of girls.

In a March 1966 interview with The London Standard, John Lennon said, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first? Rock ‘n' roll or Christianity".

Naturally, this upset a lot of people, despiterepparttar 138018 fact that Lennon's tongue-in-cheek remark had been quoted out of context. Lennon was making a social commentary about an overall decline of Christian faith, but nonetheless radio stations inrepparttar 138019 South and Midwestern US banned their music. The Vatican denounced Lennon's words and South Africa banned Beatles music fromrepparttar 138020 radio. The media circus surroundingrepparttar 138021 event andrepparttar 138022 stress from touring led torepparttar 138023 band's decision to quit performing live, and in August 1966 they put their final "official" live concert.

They spentrepparttar 138024 rest of their career as a band, writing and recording music, takingrepparttar 138025 best elements of rock, pop, folk and psychedelia and making it their own. On June 2, 1967, they released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,repparttar 138026 first popular concept album. This wasrepparttar 138027 album that raised their reputations as musical innovators and was a big catalyst, startingrepparttar 138028 art rock movement while remaining incredibly popular.

Butrepparttar 138029 feelings of success fromrepparttar 138030 album quickly turned to sorrow when long-time manager Brian Epstein died on August 27, 1967. He wasrepparttar 138031 proverbial glue that held them together. There are many different rumours pertaining torepparttar 138032 breakup ofrepparttar 138033 band, but this wasrepparttar 138034 key event that eventually led to their demise.

Patriotic Music: Surprising Secrets About Those Flag-Waving Sounds

Written by Scott G (The G-Man)

Whether played by a marching band, an orchestra, or a rock group, there are patriotic tunes that everyone in America finds familiar, exciting and uplifting. But how much do you know about how these songs were created? And what do you know aboutrepparttar people who wrote them?

There are some surprising facts behind all of this glorious music.

So, fire uprepparttar 137866 barbecue grill, look up atrepparttar 137867 fireworks, and strike uprepparttar 137868 band as we revealrepparttar 137869 secrets behindrepparttar 137870 most influential nationalistic musical moments of all time.

"Star Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, 1814. Schoolchildren in America all learn how Key watchedrepparttar 137871 British bombardment of Fort McHenry duringrepparttar 137872 War of 1812 and so admiredrepparttar 137873 courage ofrepparttar 137874 beleaguered American forces that he wrote four stanzas of "The Star Spangled Banner" (onlyrepparttar 137875 first is usually performed). Key basedrepparttar 137876 melody on an English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven." The song has only beenrepparttar 137877 national anthem since 1931, and there was a strong movement to replace it with one ofrepparttar 137878 other songs on this list.

"America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)," Samuel F. Smith, 1832. The music was composed inrepparttar 137879 1700s, sometimes attributed to Henry Cary. First popular in Great Britain as "God Saverepparttar 137880 King (Queen),"repparttar 137881 song became bi-continental in 1832. Modern audiences have been greatly moved byrepparttar 137882 R&B version by Ray Charles, a truly wonderful blending of emotion with what musicians call "the groove."

"Rally 'Roundrepparttar 137883 Flag," George F. Root, 1862. Written forrepparttar 137884 Union army and its supporters duringrepparttar 137885 Civil War,repparttar 137886 song was hugely popular inrepparttar 137887 North. This didn't prevent Confederate troops from writing their own lyrics and singingrepparttar 137888 song throughoutrepparttar 137889 South.

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home," Louis Lambert, c. 1863. Lambert was a pseudonym for Union Army Bandmaster Patrick S. Gilmore. His lyrics, set to an old Irish folk song, were popular throughrepparttar 137890 whole Reconstruction Era (1865-1896). It appears in an extended instrumental version onrepparttar 137891 soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's film "Dr. Strangelove."

"Battle Hymn ofrepparttar 137892 Republic," Julia W. Howe, 1861. Howe is another lyricist who succeeded by utilizing a pre-existing piece of music, in this case a camp meeting tune ofrepparttar 137893 19th century (which also became "John Brown's Body"). The profound power ofrepparttar 137894 words combined withrepparttar 137895 compelling melody cannot be denied, and it was sung atrepparttar 137896 funerals of Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

"Overture: 1812," Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1880. Patriotic music doesn’t always revolve aroundrepparttar 137897 July 4th celebration, or even refer torepparttar 137898 USA. Tchaikovsky got Russian hearts a-pounding with his "1812 Overture in E Flat Major Op. 49," written to celebraterepparttar 137899 70th anniversary of his country's victory battle duringrepparttar 137900 Napoleonic Wars.

"Semper Fidelis," John Philip Sousa, 1889. Popular ever since it was first performed,repparttar 137901 effective and spirited tune takes its name fromrepparttar 137902 U.S. Marine Corps motto meaning "always faithful" and is dedicated torepparttar 137903 Marines.

Cont'd on page 2 ==>
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use