Beatles Month – My History with The Beatles
To continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first trip to America, this stop on the Guitar Train is a reposting from Quirky T’s Favorite’s Month post on The Beatles.
First Stop (The First Time I Heard Their Music)
I first heard The Beatles music about 35 years ago. My mom is a Beatles fan so I heard their music because of her. The first Beatles song I remember hearing is her singing “Lovely Rita”. The first Beatles tape I ever received was a compilation called “Love Songs” which was released by Capitol Records in 1977.
Second Stop (What I Did Next)
From then on, I listened to all the official Beatles albums (as official as the American versions were) from the beginning of their career as a band until the end in 1970. I watched their movies. I also read many books about The Beatles. The amount of books written about them is overwhelming. They have almost gotten down to a minute by minute account of everything John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr said and did from 1960-1970.
Repeated Destinations (Favorite Song and Album)
My favorite Beatles album is “Help”. I prefer the early Beatles albums up until 1965’s “Rubber Soul”. That’s not to say I don’t like any songs after 1965; I just prefer the earlier songs over many of the later songs.
My favorite Beatles song changes often. Currently it is 1970’s “Get Back” which I can also play on the guitar.
Now Departing (What Non-Fans Say about Them)
Are there non-Beatles fans? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like at least a few Beatles songs. I also don’t know anyone who doesn’t acknowledge that The Beatles were musical geniuses, innovators, and groundbreakers.
Conducting This Train (Why They Will Always be My Favorites)
Beatles music just makes me happy. They were talented musicians who made amazing music. The band released an astonishing amount of music in a short time in several different genres.
All Aboard (Why I Wish Others Would Listen to Them and Where to Start)
I can’t imagine any person going through his or her whole life without ever having heard a Beatles song. So it’s not like I really have to sell anyone on The Beatles. I also couldn’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to let a bit of happiness and musical genius into their lives.
But for the newcomers, I would recommend listening to an early Beatles album such as 1964’s “Meet the Beatles” (an American release) and also a later album such as 1967’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. I would really recommend listening to all their albums in chronological order to get a greater sense of how their music changed over the years. For the more serious fans, I would recommend “The Beatles Anthology” book and DVDs. It is the definitive story of the band told in 1995 by the then three surviving members with previous interviews from John Lennon.
For more information, check out The Beatles official website at http://www.thebeatles.com
Next month on the Guitar Train, Quirky T will look at music that is new to her. I will actually go outside of my usual CD box and listen to musicians I am not very familiar with. So hop aboard the Guitar Train and see if any of these musicians become my new favorites.