There is no doubt that The Beatles have made a lasting impression on 20th century musical history. Their creative, experimental approach to music was more successful than other groups, where experimentation was seen as juvenile. Like most bands, they started out with a bit of uncertainty and with a mixture of different band members and band names such as 'The Quarrymen' and 'The Silver Beatles'. 'The Beatles' is the name that stuck though, and they later became known among fans as "The Fab Four".
The final and well-known Beatles consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Their music sends messages of love, peace, imagination, creativity and often evokes a feeling of liberation. It also features different musical styles like Jazz, Rock and Cosmopolitan. They inspired a popular culture movement in a way, with people copying their style and long hair. However, they were not only popular amongst Pop fans. They also inspired comment from the public and broke barriers of taste, class and age.
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Creative experimentation of the band also brought with it a variety of alternative instruments after their initial guitar and drum approach. The fab four ended up being experienced with multiple instruments. They are also known as the first popular band to approach strings and keyboard in a classical way.
Paul McCartney was a player of the bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and keyboard and over 40 other instruments (according to my sources... I didn't believe my eyes either). He also wrote more Beatles songs than any other member, including 'Yesterday', 'Blackbird', 'When I'm 64', 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Let it Be' (some of their most well-known songs).
John Lennon could play different types of guitars, keyboards, harmonicas and horns. He experimented with psychedelic art and poetry and is known as a very innovative, imaginative song writer. The songs he wrote include 'Come Together', 'Girl ', 'Revolution' and 'Strawberry Fields'.
George Harrison was the lead guitarist and introduced many exotic instruments like the ukulele, Indian Sitars, flutes and Tampur drums (amongst others). Harrison is known for his spirituality and creativity. He wrote 'Something', 'I me mine' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', amongst other songs.
Ringo Starr was the drummer of the band. He sang 'Yellow Submarine' and various other songs. He is also well-known for his film career.
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