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The Beatles were one of the greatest bands of all time Almost every band today has some type of influence from the Beatles These four men from Liverpool changed music in The United States forever They were the biggest outside influence on Western Civilization music ever and it still remains that way The Beatles awakened the US to British musical talent The Beatles opened the door for many musical acts today When the Beatles arrived in New York on February 7 1964 it was said the be the second British Invasion meaning that once again the British were taking over the colonies The Beatles were a British musical quartet with a global following and they had all the hopes and dreams of a generation that were coming of age in the 1960s The members were Paul McCartney John Lennon George Harrison and Ringo Starr There were earlier members but they are not significant The band was first formed around Lennon and McCartney who first performed together in Liverpool in 1957 the group shared enthusiasm for American rock and roll Like most early rock and roll figures Lennon and McCartney were largely self-taught as musicians Around the end of 1957 they added Harrison as a lead guitarist and then in 1960 they added a drummer named Stuart Sutcliffe for a few months who was a promising young painter who was said to have brought the band a brooding sense of bohemian style After experimenting with skiffle a sort of folk music popular in Britain in the late 1950s assuming several different names and ending up with the Beatles and finding a permanent drummer named Pete Best they then joined a small but booming beat music scene first in Liverpool and then during several long visits between 1960 and 1962 in Hamburg another seaport full of sailors thirsty for American rock and roll as a backdrop for their
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