The Beatles were arguably the most influential rock and roll band of all time. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star originated in Liverpool, England and began their career by playing American black rock and roll covers with their own melodic English flavor. The band was clean cut, stylish, wrote enduring songs and massed an enormous amount of hit songs and records.
In the late 1960's the members of The Beatles ventured to India and stayed at Rishikesh to study yoga and transcendental meditation at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. George Harrison was influenced by the meditative sitar music in India and ended up studying with sitar guru Ravi Shankar. The influence on John Lennon and the other Beatles is also evident. In 1966 the enchanting 'Tomorrow Never Knows' borrows from Indian themes and is reflective of a change of attitude. In 1967, they broke into psychedelic realm with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club band - one of the most respected and transforming recordings in music history. You can hear the Indian influence and sitar on the introspective song 'Within Without You' written by George Harrison. The hit 'Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds' written by John Lennon also appeared. Many people believed "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" referred to the psychedelic drug LSD although Lennon strongly refuted that claim stating that his son Julian brought home a picture he had drawn at school of a friend Lucy in his class. A close study of the characters on the Sgt. Pepper's cover reveals some insight into their influences. In 1967 the Beatles performed their last live concert at Candlestick park in San Francisco. Subsequently, the Beatles recorded four albums in the studio before disbanding.
In 1980 John Lennon was shot and killed by a deranged fan in New York city. George Harrison passed away on November 28, 2001. The Beatles influence still reverbates around the world today.
Below are a listing of the original Beatles recordings (non compilation works) in chronological order:
John Lennon's Imagine, released 1971, contains one of the popular inspiring songs of all time - 'Imagine'. George Harrison's All Things Must Pass has also garnered critical acclaim.
last update: March 24, 2007