It Was 60 Years Ago Today: Paul Met John, And The Remainder Was Beatles History

For a band with such a seismic influence on music and popular culture, The Beatles had a comparatively short life. The eight minutes that mattered

1 Paul Matches John

On July 6, 1957, Paul McCartney, 15, turned up in a fair in Honour of the Rose Queen at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool.

There, he met with 16-year-old John Lennon, who had taken the stage with a few mates to hammer skiffle songs out. He’d shortly be asked to join Lennon’s band, The Quarrymen founding one of the greatest songwriting partnerships of all time.

2 The Beatles sign with Brian

They hadn’t arrived until the scion of a household record-store series took note of their talent and signed them into a management arrangement in January 1962 although The Beatles had logged long hours enjoying to enthralled fans in Liverpool and Hamburg. Epstein proceeded to direct the lads’ looks and public relations blitz, earning him “fifth Beatle” compliments from Paul McCartney. Epstein died in 1967 of an accidental drug overdose.

3 Ringo replaces Pete

This Beatles’ incarnation featured drummer Pete Best. The Liverpudlian’s run lasted from 1960 to 1962, when another experienced scene, Ringo Starr replaced him. The factors for Greatest’s dismissal date to The Beatles ‘first sessions in Abbey Road Studios, where the group’s backbeat was criticized by producer George Martin. Ultimately, Starr’s unique, cheerful character was shown to be among the greatest gifts to the Fab Four’s achievement.

4 The Listing of ‘Love Me Do’

Published on Oct. 5, 1962, The Beatles’ first single was the flash of lightning before a raging storm. Though the song itself does not stand up against after work, the choice of Love Me Do as a debut single speaks volumes regarding the band’s faith in its own material.

5 First ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Look

For many Boomers, Feb. 9, 1964, appeared as a Beatles minuteat that night of the group’s first appearance on American television. A Ed Sullivan introduced the hitmakers, and until they could get more than a few beats into My Loving, yells that could drown out a jet engine filled CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York. A staggering 73 million Americans about 45 percent of viewing households. Beatlemania had taken hold in America.

6 Rocking Shea Stadium

These days, we believe nothing of hot rock bands filling arenas that are massive. However, such bulk musical gatherings were unheard of until the Beatles packed New York’s Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965, playing before a crowd of more than 55,000. The concert, which yielded a short documentary called The Beatles at Shea Stadium, is revealing as it featured a group of musicians who were put off by an environment where their music has been drowned out. Barely a year later, a 1966 series at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park would end up being the ending of The Beatles’ in-concert era.

7 ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Published

Relieved of the rigors of touring, The Beatles settled into the studio to push the envelope of pop. The result was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released June 1, 1967, a conceptual and sonic masterpiece considered by many critics the most influential album of all time.

8 Apple rooftop concert

In midday on a grey Jan. 30, 1969, most Londoners were heading out to lunch. The Beatles headed into the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters on tony Savile Row. For a final impromptu concert, one of the greatest bands in the world had come together in that small area. Through songs which range from Get Back to Danny Boy, the quartet, helped by keyboardist Billy Preston, ripped for 42 minutes. However, the writing was on the crumbling wall. The group fractured and initiated various solo projects. In 1970, McCartney sued his former bandmates, officially declared the end of The Beatles.

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