I Will – The Beatles Bible
According to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, the trio also recorded a song called The McCartney was on familiar ground, playing acoustic guitar and singing. suicide blues genre, “I Will,” although it is a pretty song, is a parody of love songs. . He's imagining a woman he will meet, hopes that she will somehow identify. Most Beatles bought guitars that were guaranteed to not crack (quality!) Also, they met up Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and their drummer, Ringo Starr who . The presence of Presley looms over this recording: Elvis's first guitarist, Scotty Moore, was the engineer at Music City Recorders, a studio he.
Starr played percussion instruments: Take 65 of I Will was the best version and, the next dayonto this McCartney overdubbed backing vocals, bass and another acoustic guitar track. He also sang a bass part. Latest Comments john Thursday 16 April i love the feeeeling that i get when i listen and think of this song!!!! Jack Sunday 7 February Lovely song but too short. Reply Jake Friday 12 March Garrison Keillor sang a lovely low-key version of this song on his radio show in about or so.
The song was written in India in Feb. Plus Paul broke up with Francie Swarts just 2 weeks before I will was recorded and went on trip with another woman in Sep, Paul got serious with Linda only after this song was recorded. Does anyone else get this? Reply David Sunday 15 November I agree. I always thought this a strange love song in the normal sense in that the object of the lyrics is not someone that the singer knows yet.
It is as though the song is in search of love, but confident that when love is found it will be deep and everlasting. So, if looked on in that way, it is kind of nice. Gustavo Thursday 6 May There were two acosutic guitars and superb bass-vocals by Paul. Reply Bill Friday 9 September I always liked the vocal-bass part. There is more than one vocie doing it, though.
BTW—been reading this site for a while now. Thought I knew it all. Only to possibly meet them later. Like soul mates, someone you know you love, even if you dont even know them yet.
Reply Edward Friday 31 December Jonathan: You are definitely right! GabrielAntonio Wednesday 11 April The vocal bass is an very creative touch. So Rock and Roll grew on independent labels. Since the music was largely youth music - and youth music is usually trendy, there was no reason to think it would last and persist as it has.
Rock and Roll stayed underground until the marketer's dream of white guys who could sound black and thus make the music acceptable to white youth. He was a white guy interested in rock.
Early Rock and Roll songs are under 3: Albums largely are not important, and contain mostly filler. The single is dominant. Originally it wasn't neccesarily guitar-based, but guitar, or piano, or sax based. But Rock was always simple and danceable.
Most rock-and-rollers who hit it big in this phase are from the south. This included a truck driver named Elvis Aaron Presley. Elvis moving his hips while singing was scary to much of America and he was filmed from the waist up on Ed Sullivan show. White America in the 50s were most afraid of: Communists, sex and blacks. Rock and Roll was not political at this point. One of first to perform his own material. He also played the guitar, and thus lead the way for guitar rock.
Integration hadn't happened yet. Rock 'n' Roll was able to give black and white youth something in common to relate to. And since the big labels refuse to carry it, so it has an element of rarity and taboo to it. Another white guy from the south to make a huge impact was Jerry Lee Lewis.
He was from Alabama and was a former altar boy. He was quite suggestive in his lyrics and performance. Jerry Lee Lewis didn't play guitar and instead focused on Piano-based rock. Historically there had always a distinction between low-brow and high-brow music French troubadours vs.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets in a way attempted to bridge that gap. Buddy Holly was unusually talented. He started expanding the sound of rock and roll while still turning out records that were identifyable as rock 'n' roll. In Brittain there wasn't any real native Rock 'N' Roll.
Instead they had skiffle: Minimalist rock-and-roll, that used washboards to create the rhythm. He was essentially the only British rock star of any signifigance before the Beatles. Skiffle bands could be put together easily and cheaply to play a form of rock-and-roll.
Because of the government-controlled media in Britain, and the little amount of broadcast time dedicated to it rock was hard to find on the radio in Britain and thus it kept largely underground.
Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens got on a plane in early '59, only to crash minutes later - The day the music died. Elvis got drafted, and was sent to Germany. Jerry Lee Lewis married his year-old second cousin while still married to his previous wife. Chuck Berry hired a year-old as a waitress, who later claimed he trafficked her across state lines with intent to prostitute her.
This took all of these major rock and roll figures out of the scene by BMI - licensed rock songs for airplay. In the wake of the shakedown Rock and Roll became corporatized to a large extent. Corporate rock-and-roll was largely pleasant-sounding, but homogenized, white, and mostly toothless. However, since in Britain rock remained largely taboo instead of being coopted by corporations, it remainder underground, raw and true to its roots.
To get a much more indepth and accurate story on this, please visit: Born to a fairly poor family with a father who left very early in June of He was sickly as a child and constantly in and out of hospitals. He was given a drum set at age 11, and later joined Rory Storm and Hurricanes at the time, Liverpool's best band.
John Winston Lennon was born on Oct 9, Born to Julia Lennon, his father, a seaman left when he was very young and surfaced when Lennon was already famous.
Given to be raised by his aunt Mimi and his uncle. He was constantly in touch with Aunt Mimi throughout his life. Also a gifted artist - accepted at age of 16 into Quarry Bank, an art college in Liverpool. At this time she taught him to play banjo and ukulele which John converted into guitar playing.
However, she was soon killed when a drunken off-duty police officer ran over her. Original band name formed with his friend Pete Shotton: Black Jacks then soon became The Quarrymen in honor of their art college. He had a generally happy life, given a trumpet at age of 10, then switched to guitar, so he could sing.
His father had a bit of musical history being in swing jazz bands in his past. Paul never had any formal music lessons. Paul's mother died from breast cancer at age of Paul also went to Quarry Bank.
Feb 25, George Harrison was born to a large and fairly poor family of French background. His father drove the school bus. His primers covered with pictures of guitars.
He practiced the guitar incessantly once he got one, and played in a small band with his friend, Paul McCartney. Most Beatles bought guitars that were guaranteed to not crack quality! Quarrymen - - July 6th - - Performance by Quarrymen, incl. Paul McCartney was in the audience, and a common friend introduced Paul to John after the show.
McCartney was invited to join the band a few days later, on the strength of knowing every line to Twenty Flight Rock from a movie released in The Girl Can't Help It. Harrison was let in due to his musical ability in after this, they desperately tried to land gigs and perform on "star search"-esque programs hoping to make their big break, and mostly succeeded in getting kicked out of jazz clubs when they started playing rock. Headmaster of Quarry bank: As a rule, the Beatles didn't start writing many good songs until But they needed a drummer.
They found a drummer named Pete Best, whose qualification was that he owned a drum set. He was convinced by Lennon to join the band because he won enough money in an art contest to buy a bass and he was John's good friend. John Lennon had a long-standing girlfriend from Liverpool, Cythnia. She died her hair blonde to look like Bridget Bardot a french competitor of Marlyn Monroe for biggest sex goddess in film at the time, whom John adored.
However, she was left in England, and Lennon basically cheated on her without abandon. Beatles had to perform hour sets and had to expand their song repertoire.
They covered rock songs they liked, and started adapting songs from other genres making them rock songs. Originally signed up in a really bad club, with one small room for them to live in, room having rats, and no real blankets.
Constantly trying to get into a better club, but they also met a lot of people, including American rock stars who fell out of favor in US, who were also playing Germany, including Little Richard. Also, they met up Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and their drummer, Ringo Starr who would occasionally "sit in" on sessions with them.
Bought leather coats and jelled their hair to look like Elvis. But Stuart Sutcliff found a girl and fell in love with an existentialist artist who took a lot of famous pictures and convinced them to wear the mop top haircut and decided to move permanently to Germany.
They also had their first real exposure with drugs in Hamburg, taking strong stimulants in order to have the stamina to perform hour sets. There was little danger of the concrete room burning, but the club owner was furious about losing the band to a club the Beatles had been trying to get into so the club owner called the police.
When they returned to Liverpool, they billed themselves as a German band, and were finally able to play the Cavern club, where they were rejected from before their trip. Losing Sutcliff meant McCartney was drafted to play bass. Going back to Germany inan American rock star Tony Sheridan recruited them to play backup on a rocked up version of the old standard "My Bonnie lies over the ocean ".
My Bonnie release was important, since it was a Liverpool band that was on record. Brian Epstein, a record storeowner, after a girl requested that recording, researched them. He wasn't a fan of their music, but loved their charisma. Soon, he convinced them to get out of the leather jackets, and into suits, and he packaged them and shopped them to record labels. Arguably he was making them into a boy band and they went along with it.
They played rocked-up Broadway tunes, humor tracks, covers, hard rock and original songs to show off their versatility. As a rule of thumb, the person who wrote the balance of a song, sang it. Epstein did shop the tape around to every label that was willing to listen to it. Beatles got their first spot on BBC in on the radio - first time they got nationwide coverage.
Epstein got to them to rehearse in June for an obscure classical EMI label called Parlophone in Abbey Road studios 2, with George Martin, a producer of Peter Sellers humor records and classical music.
There were a few protests: By accident, the version with Ringo Starr on drums was the single, but the Alan White version was on the album.
But Ringo was quite hurt to be brought into the band and immediately asked to step aside in the recording studio, though this would not happen again.
Reached 17, but Brian Epstien was rumored to have bought 10, copies. Lennon wrote a song Please Please Me. Based on the vocal styling of Roy Orbison. Originally, Martin wanted them to release a song he found called How Do You Do It, but Beatles refused to release it, releasing Please Please Me, re-recording it as a faster, rockier tune.
On 2 of the 3 music charts in Britain at the time, Please Please Me hit 1. Lecture 3 - The Beatles Take The World They already had 4 tracks available when they went in to record the album from the previous 2 singles. So, they recorded ten songs on the day in the studio.
Most tracks were recorded with few if any overdubs, very much how they sounded live. Where most albums of the time would include filler, the non-single tracks off of the first album included I Saw Her Standing There, Twist and Shout, and the album at approx 35 minutes was longer than minutes typical for US albums of that time.
Beatles are touring incessantly, and they are happy about their fame, jazzed about the fan letters. Beatles go in recording studio to record the third single. Single was an unqualified smash and solidly hit 1.
Beatles were soon very popular in Britain. From to - A few hundred appearances on BBC, each one recording new music. Because of BBC rules, they had to make unique recordings for broadcast on their shows, which lead them to record hundreds of songs only for the BBC.
Releasing records at an amazing rate, 3 singles in 6 months. So, even with singles and records being relatively expensive for the average teenager, everyone got to hear them. John had a girlfriend named Cynthia.
Up until now, every Beatles song is very straightforward, with simple, first-person narrative. She Loves You was one of their first songs to be told from a third-person perspective, and was more complex, lyrically, and musically than their previous single. The song was assembled out of 18 edits, with advanced for it time studio techniques.
Also, the bass line was more prominent and musical rather than just a rhythm marker This was the biggest selling single in British history, until that record was broken in by McCartney From this point on, their songs began to slowly, but surely become more and more difficult to perform live as they were starting to develop sounds in the studio that were increasingly difficult to perform live.
After conquering Britain, Beatles went on to sell well in surrounding countries, and toured there. Beatles, at that point, are bigger than Lonnie Donogan. By Fall ofthey had to release another album. They had more than 10 hours to record this one, though, so out went 14 songs, all brand new, and none of them were singles.
Beatles put out just the album, once again with 8 originals and 6 covers. He wrote 4 other songs in the next two years. Six months after having so few songs, Beatles had a plethora of good songs, so they were giving them away.
Rolling Stones positioned themselves as the louder, grungier, bluesier version of Beatles. When the two met, Beatles offered to write a song for the Stones. John and Paul went off in the corner, and, ten minutes later, came back with I Wanna Be Your Man, which was the first top hit for the Stones. First Hendrix tour was opening for the Monkees note: I Want to Hold Your Hand: This was their first song recorded on a 4-track machine previously all EMI sessions were recorded on twin-track decks This allowed more complex recordings and the ability to use more advanced overdubbing techniques.
Thus, George Martin had to release these early hits on very small labels, to have them flop in the US. Recorded in France, February Ed Sullivan, mainstay of American culture, was in Europe.
Overhearing the fervor of the Beatles, he decided to invite them over this was before the Beatles got the news they wanted. When they arrived, there was a horde of screaming fans waiting for them.
This was one of the biggest TV audience ever. Beatles were able to come out in the US with 4 albums in 6 months.
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Beatles had 4 of the top 5 positions in Billboard. This is an accomplishment that has never since been repeated. Competing against themselves — the only thing to knock out a Beatles song was another Beatles song. Dick Lester, a hot young director, was brought in.
The writing was amazingly clever trying to imitate a day in the life of Beatles. Still given lines, but they were true to form. Film wound up bigger than the sum of its parts. This was more than a little unusual for a Rock record. Lecture 4 - The Toppermost of the Poppermost! Beatles merchandised anything and everything bedsheets, boots, anything they could merchandise Beatles had a cartoon series - aproximatly from to Cheesy Saturday morning cartoons where they get into shenanigans in an attempt to make a song Ever since John Lennon was a boy in school had a habit of writing weird stuff Today is muggy, tomorrow is tuggy, then wuggy, thuggy, etc In John Lennon published a book called "In His Own Write" Lennon's writing was really dense, have to read each line times to get each pun.
There were also inklings of possible political messages. The fans screaming at live shows begins in earnest. Concerts are lasting 30 minutes with crappy PA systems by today's standards. During Australian leg of the tour - Ringo becomes ill.
While he's in the hospital, bring in Jimmy Nichols to play. When he got better, he was gladly welcomed back by the band. At the time, John was listening to his famous The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, a folk album of Dylan's with political messages that Beatles couldn't have. Dylan thought Beatles had drug references in their songs, but they didn't.
He also introduced them to pot. In late they went back into the studio to record a new record: Unlike previous album 13 originalsthis one had 8 originals and 6 covers. On it you had some of the first Dylan inspired songs from John Lennon. For example, I'm a Loser - Lennon attempts to write in a more lyrically complex manner, and it also features the harmonic prominently in a manner similiar to how Bob Dylan uses it. John later called the era from mid through the end of as his "fat Elvis" period, and his songwriting of the period often reflects this.
Fat Elvis being a reference to Elvis Presley in his last years when he was overweight and having severe problems with relationships and drugs Lennon's songs of this time could be arguably misogynist, but by or so that had largely changed. The covers were pretty good, including a Chuck Berry cover of "Rock and Roll Music" that arguably bests the original. For the song "I Feel Fine", the Beatles intentionallyused guitar feedback for the opening of the song.
Took a bass guitar, placed it next to the mike AND an amp - so that when guitar was strummed, the sound reverberated between the microphone and the amplifier, getting louder and louder. While not the first use of feedback, Chuck Berry did use the technique in the 50'sthis was quite unusual forand very influential.
George and Ringo marry this year not each other. Also notable for the development of drums as a more important instrument than just a method of keeping the rhythm. Unlike Pete Best, Ringo can handle changes of rhythm. McCartney asleep, woke up with this melody in his head. He asked others whether they've heard it, but no one did. So, he assumed he wrote it. George Martin brought in a string quartet to fill out the acoustic sound. Only Beatles song to be performed by just on Beatle McCartney.
Yesterday - Most covered song in history. Beatles succeeded marvelously with Hard Day's Night - liked even by the critics, and even people who didn't like Beatles music, liked their personalities from the film, and thus the Beatles were given wide latitude for the followup film. New movie promoted as "The Beatles - in Color! On a whim, Beatles decided to go skiing for the film so they headed over to the Alps. The footage of them in the Alps is the first time they ever tried skiing.
The Beatles later admitted they were stoned while filming most of the movie. During one scene, where Beatles are curling, and a bad guy substitutes a curling stone with a bomb. Also, had a James Bond-style story where Ringo is to be sacrificed by a very fake Indian cult. Took him a while to admit it was rather autobiographical of how Lennon felt. It is unclear if this really happened or is legend though. Of the Beatles, only McCartney has been knighted.
Harrison was never knighted, Starr - not yet.
Lennon returned his MBE in protest of the British colonial practices in Officially Lennon claimed he wasn't knighted because his single, Cold Turkey wasn't doing well in the charts joke answer To go from 30 minutes to 25 minutes per concert, Beatles played louder and faster. Invited to play Shea Stadium in New York. Sting claimed that when the Police played Shea Stadium, he knew they were finally big.
They also met Elvis. Although they were bigger than him, it was touted as the summit of the rock gods. On an outtake of the song I'm Down from the "Help! They needed a new sound for the song. Ironically, the really fake Indian mysticism from "Help!
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Friends soon introduced George to the music of Ravi Shanahar, who was a master sitar player. Harrison bought a cheap sitar, but didn't know what to do with it. Harrison played something resembling chords on his sitar for Norwegian Wood.
The lyrics were increasingly abstract. The track does represent the first use of the sitar on a rock and roll record. Final day - They were one song shy of the album. John Lennon asked to be left alone for a while, wrote Girl on the spot, and the album was finished just in time. The backing vocal on the track is actually a three letter slang term for the human femal mammary gland. They needed something in the middle of the song, but they didn't know what.
George Martin suggested playing a Bach-like melody on piano and harpsichord which is part of why the song could never be performed live Nowhere Man was a song John wrote about him having writer's block. This album heavily influenced Brian Wilson, front man of the Beach Boys. The US version, almost all-folk no rockier songs, some folk tunes from the Help!
I am mainly focusing on the points you will need to know for the midterm, and anything else of importance. Phil Spector - In the early s, he was the most important rock and roll producer with his trademark "Wall of Sound" production technique he leant to every record he produced at the time. The technique was to use a lot of instruments including orchestral instruments play a lot of them at once, and add a lot of echo and reverb to create a very very thick sounding sound to each record the proverbial wall in the "wall of sound".
His style heavily influenced Brian Wilson. The three boys, Brian, Dennis and Carl in descending order of age grew up with a pretty abusive father, Murray. Murray had designs to make his boys, especially Brian into a musical act.
The father would make his boys to sing songs at night. Brian had a real knack at harmonies though and would be the leader of the band. Add into these three brothers, their nearby cousin, Mike Love, and a college friend, Al Jardine, and you have the "classic" lineup of the Beach Boys.
The sound of the Beach Boys was designed to be a combination of the vocal harmonies of the "Four Freshman" with the guitar style of "Chuck Berry. The song was essentially a rewrite of Chuck Berry's hit "Sweet Little Sixteen" and because of that Berry was co-credited as having written the song. Soon the Surf music fad was fading, and the hot-rod culture then took predominance in pop music, and the Beach Boys followed soon writing lots of hot-rod songs.
By they were the biggest rock band in America. Brian soon moved from using the Beach Boys in the studio playing the instruments to studio pros working under Brian's control. Brian would call this group of pros his "wrecking crew". Brian also worked on ridding the band of the influence of his father.
However, the strain of making the records, dealing with his father, and dealing with touring soon got to Brian, and he suffered a nervous breakdown while on a flight in At that point he quit touring and focused solely on recording the records.
The upside was that the studio records soon improved. For the album he brought in Tony Asher, an advertisement writer, to write the lyrics. The album was essentially a song-cycle describing a relationship from the happy start to the bitter end. The album featured incredibly ornate instrumentation, and amazingly complex vocal harmonies, and was well received by the critics and his peers.
Paul McCartney called the album "necessary to anyone's musical education" and called one track off of it, "God Only Knows", "the greatest love song ever written. However, those who liked the album liked it a lot.
Immediately Brian went to work on his follow-up album. He worked on something he described as a "teen aged symphony to God", which eventually took on the title "Smile".
The album was even more complex than Pet Sounds, with most songs recorded in few second segments, with dozens or hundreds of segments recorded for each song, to be later pieced together by Brian in a jigsaw like fashion. The song hit 1. The album was designed to be half-Americana, half-about the elements earth, wind, water, and fire. He hired an avant-garde poet, Van Dyke Parks, to handle the lyrics this time. The record company, Capitol, wary that the last album had not done well, and frustrated at how long this album was taking to record Brian worked on it for over a year soon put pressure on Brian to produce.
Brian was also taking heavy drugs. In addition, the group members did not quite "get" what Brian was doing and were anxious due to the poor reception of "Pet Sounds" by the buying public. A week later Brian scrapped the album altogether. The Beach Boys were to headline the legendary Monterey Jazz festival in the summer of '67, but pulled out due to the deteriorating mental state of Brian.
Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in in Minnesota. He took the last name Dylan later in tribute to a favorite poet of his: He was originally a folk single in the mold of Woody Guthrie, the famous folk singers from the 30s who wrote such songs as "This Land Is Your Land". His songs did not mince words. He also wrote romantic songs, and abstract songs and stream-of-conciousness songs. However, like Lennon, Dylan had a very wicked sense of humor that he often let show on his songs.
In late Dylan released a song "Subterranean Homesick Blues", which featured an electric band backing him up. In early he followed up the single with the album "Bringing It All Back Home" which was half-acoustic and half-electric. His folk-purist fans did not take kindly to his conversion.
In at the Newport Folk Festival, he played the first half of his set acoustic, and then switched to electric for the second half. The folk purists, which had the closer seats, booed him and heckled him during the second set. This phenomenon continued through and he was often called "Judas" by the folk purists.
In he also released a groundbreaking single, "Like A Rolling Stone", which at over 5 minutes was considerably longer than the 3: Dylan definitely changed views as to what was an appropriate kind of voice for a rock star, and he helped bring more complex, abstract and poet lyrics to the genre.
However, his rocked songs were rarely anywhere near as political as his "pure folk" songs of his earlier career. Mick Jagger was at the time an economics student at college in south England, and Keith Richards was an aspiring guitar player.