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1963 and 1970, the Beatles enjoyed tremendous success all
over the world. Their success has since been unrivaled.
Today it remains the most popular band of all times.
deal of the band's success must be attributed to the songwriting
partnership of Lennon and McCartney. The two songwriters
had a natural gift for crafting compelling melodies, and
seemed to have access to a bottomless well of ideas. They
contemplated and inspired each other, particularly in the
early years, and both shared a desire to try the unexpected
and to make the impossible work.
comprehension how Lennon and McCartney could write around
200 songs in just seven years without compromising on quality.
They always delivered the goods for the next Beatles single
or album, despite being under immense pressure and often
stretched for time, especially in the early years of their
importance of the chemistry between all four members cannot
be underestimated. Insiders have talked about the telepathic
understanding between Paul, Ringo, John and George during
recording sessions. Perhaps this explains why none of their
solo efforts never ever matched anything they recorded as
a group. The Beatles was a four-piece band, and all four
played important roles, although in different ways.
Harrison, the youngest member, had a guitar playing style
that perfectly fitted in with the Beatles' sound. Just listen
to his guitar licks on I Want To Hold Your Hand. It gives
the song the perfect "hook." It's simple but effective,
and just right.
Harrison introduced the Beatles to Indian music. The song Norwegian
Wood on the album Rubber
Soul became the first western pop song ever to feature
an Indian sitar - played by George himself. From then on,
Indian instruments were frequently used on Beatles records.
song writing skills also developed extensively throughout
his career with the Beatles. His early efforts, such as Don't
Bother Me and If
I Needed Someone, had showed promising signs. It was
between 1968 and 1969 however that Harrison really began
to peak as a songwriter. In this period, he delivered classics
such as While
My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something and Here
Comes The Sun, which were on par with Lennon and McCartney's
also contributed to many of the vocal harmonies on Beatles
songs. He was a confident backing vocalist, which added
even greater depth to the voices of John and Paul. It sounded
astonishing when John, Paul and George sang together as
a trio, just listen to songs like The
Word, It Won't
Be Long and Because.
Starr never blossomed as a song writer, but he had a tremendous
impact on the Beatles' sound. One of his strengths was that
his drumming never interrupted the flow of a song. If a
song needed a simple beat, then he kept it simple. But Ringo
could also come up with creative beats when it was called
for, just listen to his work on songs like Rain, She
Said She Said and Hello
Goodbye, to name a few.
As a lead
singer Ringo had his limitations, but Lennon and McCartney
would occasionally write songs specifically for him to sing. With
A Little Help From My Friends and Good
Night are two examples of how well Ringo would master
the lead vocal, if the song was right for him.
contributed with two self-composed Beatles songs, Don't
Pass Me By in 1968 and Octopus
Garden in 1969. He was also credited for co-writing What
Goes On and the instrumental Flying.
worth to point out that Ringo invented the phrases A
Hard Day's Night and Eight
Days A Week, in which Lennon and McCartney incorporated
into songs. He also came up with the title for Lennon's Tomorrow
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