The Beatles

     When people hear the name "The Beatles" most people think of lead

singer, John Lennon. However, the role of Paul McCartney is often

overlooked. It was McCartney, not Lennon who was the driving force behind

the Beatles.

        John Lennon and Paul McCartney were in many bands together before

the forming of the Beatles. In 1962, along with Ringo Starr1 and George

Harrison, they formed the rock group known as "The Beatles". The group

featured a modern rock that was new and popular during the period with John

and Paul composing and doing the leads on most of the songs. They were

backed by George on rhythm and bass guitar and Ringo on drums. George and

Ringo also assisted on backing vocals.

     When they first began playing, the main influence inside the band was

John Lennon, who had an uncanny ability to compose songs at a moments

notice with an inspiration that others missed. He pushed the members of the

band during their touring years and was able to achieve the best possible

results from the group.

     The band began playing in a Music Hall style that is very effective

for the audiences but was lacking on their albums. Together with Paul, John

began to evolve the band. As the years began to pass, the band was

obviously beginning to grow musically. They had moved from simple lyrics

like "Love me Do" to harshly aware reflections of life in their home

country in "Eleanor Rigby"2. There were attempts, some more successful than

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others, to incorporate the other Beatles into the idea stage. George

Harrison made this leap successfully with such tracks as "I want to tell

you", "TAXMAN", and the psychedelic "Love you to". Ringo was featured in

the humorous "Yellow Submarine" As the group matured, their creativity

began to rely more on the effects and manipulations that they were able to

produce in the studio. The Beatles agreed to end their touring career after

an American tour of large halls that they failed to fill. It was around

this time, that John Lennon began to search for himself. He began using ...

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An interesting essay discussing some well known facts about the Beatles. I would like to see some reference to other materials to support some of the statements the writer makes. A well written essay in a persuasive tone.