This iconic boy band of the rocking 60’s left the world with a rich legacy of music. The four lads from Liverpool could surely not have known the long-lasting effects their musical contributions would have on forthcoming generations.
Formed in 1957, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison delighted local fans in Merseyside and Hamburg in Germany. Their unique sounds were a melting pot of American R&B, Blues and Country and upon the group signing on with Brian Epstein, a recording contract with EMI was negotiated.
Beatlemania was born with the release of their number one single, ‘Please, Please Me’. The Brits arrived on American soil in 1964 and conquered the music world in spectacular style. The group took a break from touring in 1966 and it was really from this period on that their musical and vocal talents in the studio came to the fore. ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ was just one of the truly inspirational albums that was born out of this era; decades later, their music has stood the test of time in a fickle world.
The end of 1967, following the passing of their manager, saw the beginning of the end of the Beatles as a group; in 1970, the band members pursued their own careers and continued to prosper as individual pop stars. It is thought that over a billion records have been sold, with more sales in the US than any other artists. The Beatles era is firmly entrenched in the hallowed halls of musical fame and they are further destined to musical immortality by being a part of the British schools’ national curriculum.
This is only the bare bones of ‘The Beatles Story’ and fans will be delighted to know they can fill in all the gaps by visiting the home of the ‘fab four’. Liverpool continues to pay homage to ‘their boys’ at the Albert Dock. A vast expanse of all things related to them can be found here in the form of the ‘Beatles Magical Mystery Tour’, available to the public every day of the year, except for the 25th and 26th December.
Of course, Liverpool itself is alive with venues that the boys used to play at; two worthy of mention are
The Cavern Club – The Beatles performed here over 300 times and lies beneath Matthew Street and is open 7 nights a week for punters looking for some live entertainment whether you’re visiting for the day or an entire City Break.
The Casbah Coffee Club – this establishment has been awarded a Grade II listing by English Heritage and is considered to be the original stage of the Beatles.
True Beatles fans will not want to miss International Beatles Week. This festival opens every August and offers musical aficionados a chance to see over 200 bands from all corners of the earth as well as specific Beatles events. If you wish to totally absorb yourself in realm of Paul, John, George and Ringo, find a Liverpool hotel dedicated to the theme such as ‘The Hard Day’s Night’, with 110 rooms and amenities such as Bar 4, the Blake’s Restaurant and an art gallery promising guests an authentic Beatles’ experience.
Written by Jamie Monteath
Image: The Beatles Story, the world’s leading Beatles-themed museum and visitor attraction based in Albert Dock (Liverpool, England) by Flickr user David Poblador i Garcia