Asked in BalletThe BeatlesJohn Lennon
Why were The Beatles so famous?
March 25, 2013 5:28AM
The Beatles success is tied up with with their timing, talent, attitude and placement:
The timing started with being born during WW2. This meant that when the band broke through, the baby boom generation were teenagers so they had a huge fanbase - ISTR that half the population was below 20. Their first UK, nationwide broadcast was during the 1963 winter - one of the worst in the 20th Century - which meant a record TV audience. They also became a "light" news story which the papers could use to balance against the big, "heavy" stories that were breaking at the time (the Christine Keeler scandal, the Great Train Robbery and the winter weather). The timing in America was again to provide a light contrast to the news of the assassination of Kennedy.
But, as was said at the time, all the hype in world can't sell a bad product, which leads us to talent:
Obviously, Lennon and McCartney were talented musicians and songwriters and the quickness of Lennon's mind was balanced by the disipline that McCartney brought to the band.
The attitude of the band, particularly Lennon and McCartney was to always try something new. McCartney had noted that when bands had a successful single, they tended to follow it with a similar, not quite as good single, then an even worse one. The Beatles avoided this by deliberately trying to do something different for each record. McCartney also pointed out that the different personalities of the band strengthened the whole. For example, Lennon got bored very quickly, so it meant the whole band was always moving on, Harrison was a dedicated musician, raising the standard of the whole band.
The placement started with being brought up in the trans-Atlantic port of Liverpool, they were exposed to a wide range of music and they inherited Irish wit (Lennon & McCartney are Irish names and Harrison's mother was Irish). They were also very fortunate to have George Martin as producer and to record at EMI.
THE REAL REASON THE BEATLES WERE SO FAMOUS IS BECAUSE #1- THEY
CAPITALIZED ON THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION. #2 THEY HAD A BRILLIANT
PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN. #3 THE RECORD LABEL AND THE MEDIA WERE
CONSISTENT IN PROMOTING THE HELL OUT OF THEM.
MANY CLAIM TO BELIEVE THAT THE BEATLES WERE THE GREATEST ACT IN SHOWBIZ BUT ANYONE WITH A MIND OF THEIR OWN KNOWS OTHERWISE.
THEY WERE A SHAM, A MEDIOCRE ONE AT THAT. IF YOU WANT REAL
QUALITY LISTEN TO THE BEACH BOYS AND PHIL SPECTOR- THE MUSIC SPEAKS