We are starting musician of the month at Harton where we will focus on a musician each term. The children will find out all about the artist or band, listen to their songs and talk about whether they enjoy their music. The first band we are looking at is…

 

Who were they?

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They began by playing in bars and clubs in Liverpool but found international fame with their modern musical style. They mixed skiffle, beat and rock and roll and even included elements of classical music in some of their songs. The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 800 million records worldwide. They changed pop music forever and had a huge influence on culture in the UK and America.

There were 4 members:

 

John Lennon – lead singer, guitarist, songwriter.
Paul McCartney – bass guitarist and singer, songwriter.
George Harrison – lead guitarist and singer
Ringo Starr – drummer

 

Fascinating facts

  • They were originally called Beatals then they changed their name to Silver Beetles and then finally to The Beatles.
  • The Beatles were also known by their nickname, ‘The Fab four’.
  • Their first hit was ‘Love me do’ in 1962
  • After their first hit there followed an intense fan frenzy which was called Beatlemania.
  • The Beatles have had more number-one albums on the British charts, and have sold more singles in the UK, than any other act.
  • In April 1964, the Beatles had songs at numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the charts.
  • There were several other members of the band over the years but these four are considered the real Beatles.
  • The Beatles played mostly in The Cavern Club in Liverpool until they reach international fame.
  • The Beatles recorded over 200 songs – these include:

Love me do
Help                                                  Yesterday
Twist and Shout                                Hey Jude
I wanna hold your hand                     Yellow Submarine
Octopus Garden                               Here comes the sun
Eleanor Rigby

  • The band split up in 1970 due to musical differences.
  • Only Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive.

Listen to one of the Beatles’ hits below, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (iTunes).

You can listen more of their music on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Youtube.

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