jueves, 11 de julio de 2013

The Beatles Biography - questions and answers


The Beatles are the greatest popular group of all-time. In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and joined his group, The Quarrymen. George Harrison joined them in February of 1958. In 1959 they played regular gigs at a club called The Casbah. They were joined by vocalist Stuart Sutcliffe, and by drummer Peter Best, whose mother owned The Casbah club. John Lennon dreamed up the band's final name, The Beatles, a mix of beat with beetle made them wear suits and ties,classic shoes, and newer haircuts. They were advised In 1960 The Beatles toured in Hamburg, Germany. Brian Epstein, their manager, to update their manners on stage and quit eating and drinking in public. On June 6, 1962, being asked by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, Epstein fired Pete Best. After a mutual decision the band was completed with the session drummer, named RingoStarr. In September of 1962 The Beatles recorded their first hit "Love Me Do", which charted in UK (United Kingdom), and reached the top of the US (United States) singles chart in 1964. Their creative search covered a range of styles from jazz and rock to a cosmopolitan cross-cultural and cross-genre compositions.

In the course of their career every member became a multi-instrumentalist. The Beatles were the first popular band that used a classical touch of strings and keyboard instruments. Their 1963 performance at the London Palladium made them famous in Great Britain and initiated the Beatlemania in the UK. After that The Beatles endured several years of extremely intensive recording, filming, and touring. They stopped public performances after 1966, but continued their recording contracts.On June 25, 1967, The Beatles made history becoming the first band globally transmitted on TV to an estimated 400 million people worldwide.

By 1985 The Beatles had sold over one billion records. Music became their ticket to ride around the world. The Beatles created over 240 songs, they recorded many singles and albums, made films and TV shows. "Yesterday" is considered the most-covered song in history with over three thousand versions of it recorded by various artists. Beatlemania never really ended since its initiation. It still lives as a movable feast in many hearts and minds, as a sweet memory of youth, when all you need is loves and a little help from a friend to be happy.


1 - Take a look at the text again. Look up at the dictionary all the words you couldn’t get the meaning. Write them and their meanings in the chart below.

1-      Who did choose the name of the band?
2-      When did Ringo Starr start playing with the Beatles?
3-      What was their first hit?
4-      What was the event that initiated the Beatlemania?

5-      Mark true (T) or false (F).
a)      (   ) They chose the name The Beatles because it’s a name of a club in London.
b)      (   ) Brian Epstein decided to fire Pete Best.
c)      (   ) They stopped doing concerts after 1966.
d)      (   ) The Beatles was the first band globally transmitted on TV.
e)      (   ) The Beatles didn’t do any movies together.

6-      What are the names of the four Beatles?
a)      Paul, John, George and Pete.
b)      Paul, John, Ringo and Stuart.
c)      Paul, John, George and Ringo.

The Beatles:
The Beatles were one of the most influential music groups of the rock era, and many consider them
 the best musical group on Earth. Initially they affected the post-war baby boom generation of Britain and the U.S. during the 1960s, and later the rest of the world. Certainly they were the most successful group, with global sales exceeding 1.1 billion records.While they were originally famous for light-weight pop music (and the extreme hysterical reaction they received from young women), their later works achieved a combination of popular and critical acclaim perhaps unequaled in the 20th century.Eventually, they became more than recording artists, branching out into film and — particularly in the case of John Lennon — political activism. They achieved an iconic status beyond mere celebrity, with far reaching effects difficult to exaggerate.The members of the group were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, all from Liverpool, England.Beatlemania began in the UK and exploded following the appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in the United States, on February 9, 1964. The pop-music band became a worldwide phenomenon with worshipful fans, hysterical adulation, and denunciations by culture commentators and others such as Frank Sinatra.Some of this was confusion over the sources of their music (a similar confusion was evinced in 1956 over Elvis Presley), and some of it was simplyan incredulous reaction to the length of their hair.

1. They were the best selling group in history.

 2. All the members were from Liverpool.

 3. They appeared on TV on February 9, 1964.

 4. There was some confusion about the sources of their music.

 5. Their music was copied by Elvis Presley.

 6. Frank Sinatra didn't like the Beatles too much.

1 comentario:

  1. 1. The name was chosen by John Lennon.
    2. Ringo Starr started playing with the Beatles in 1962
    3. Their first hit was 'Love me do'.
    4. The performance at the London Palladium started 'Beatlemania'.
    5.a)False = John Lennon dreamt up the name of the band.
    e)False = They made many films together.
    6. c) Paul, John, George and Ringo.