Beatles Musical Influences

2119 Words9 Pages
Discuss the range of musical influences on the early Beatles’ work making reference to at least six essays you have read. The Bealtes are known to be the biggest most influential band to hit England in the sixties, but the question is, what music influenced the Beatles to get them started on this adventure to fame. This essay will refer to six particular musical styles that the Beatles used within their work and also who their musical influences were. I have discovered there to be at least six highly influential styles of music they used in their work, and particular artists that they got their inspiration from during the early sixties, these were: R&B and girl groups such as The Shirlies from this the Beatles covered and created songs such…show more content…
This was written by Meredith Wilson particularly the version sung by Peggy Lee. This caught the Beatles attention and due to having an interest in ‘Literate crafted Broadway tradition’ (Macdonald, 2004, pg.90), john Lennon particularly followed this tradition of creating music based around musicals since he way a child. The Beatles covered this song on the album With the Beatles; it was one of the last to be recorded on the album. The song followed a very acoustic tone, which could ‘expose the slightest mistake’ (Macdonald, 2004, pg.91). It followed the original as closely as possible to the, but again they added their own touch like Georges Harrisons Spanish guitar solo. Musicals were always a big influence in regards to the influence they had on the Beatles as children. R&B girl grounds such as The Shirlies were also around to increase the Beatles interest in R&B. The Beatles covered two of the Shirlies songs, but one they did with ‘gusto’ and ‘embraced the cliché’ (Macdonald, 2004, pg. 75). They covered a Shirlies song called “Baby it’s You” in 1963, which was on their first album Please Please Me. The Beatles version of the song transformed the original versions into something different. The Beatles transformed the innocence of the original versions; they made it appear stronger than the originals. (Evans, 2004) this changed the way in which people looked at
Open Document