Prior Knowledge Where are they from? How many musicians are in the band? How many of their songs can we name? Anything else about them?
The Beatles are a famous Rock band from Liverpool, Britain. The City of Liverpool is here: (Liverpool Skyline)
History of The Beatles The Beatles formed the band we now know between 1957-1960 -In the beginning they rotated quite a few musicians in and out of the band. At one point they had a particularly difficult time finding a drummer. The Beatles lineup as we know it is: Paul McCartney = Bass Ringo Starr = Drums George Harrison = Guitar John Lennon = Guitar/Vocals
History of The Beatles As the Beatles played more and more shows and clubs they became more and more recognized in Britain. The Beatles first contract stated that they would receive one penny per single sold. This was a lousy contract even for that time period. Serious music critics began to take note of this up and coming band around 1963.
Beatlemania As their popularity skyrocketed in the UK, radio stations caught wind of this up and coming band. The first radio station to play The Beatles was in Chicago. The song that really took off in the United States in the beginning was the song “She Loves You” The first time that The Beatles came to the United States the airport radioed ahead to the plane to inform them that there was a crowd of 3,000 screaming fans waiting them….something that had never happened before.