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The Beatles were one of Americas most influential rock groups from the 60s The 1960s were years of psychedelic experimentation new cults and some of the best music that had ever been heard before With the Vietnam War going on and the draft being placed in full effect the youth mainly was set into a rebellion against the government and in doing so turned to new music symbols and protests These aspects along with many others were major influences on the songwriting and performances from the British invasion group The Beatles The original Beatles were John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison and Pete Best Brian Epstein became the manager of the Beatles in 1961 Epstein made many changes in the group Lennon rebelled and did not want to package and clean up the group in order to please fans These changes were made anyway despite Lennons protests The Beatles had signed a contract with EMI records and were beginning to record with them On August 16 1962 Pete Best the original drummer was suddenly fired from the group and Ringo Starr was introduced to the Beatles two days afterwards John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared the credit of songs written by either one of them The credit simply read Lennon-McCartney on the CD labels The two as song writers were a perfect mix Lennon had a quick artistic sense and he was easily excited by new challenges and he had a sarcastic and rebellious tough-guy personality who was actually a vulnerable romantic Lennon did this while McCartney projected the sweet image underneath an injured controlling perfectionist In 1964 The Beatles first arrived at JFK Airport They were greeted with mass hysteria with fans almost jumping over the police to greet them Two days later more than 73 million people watched them perform live on the Ed Sullivan Show This was most likely the event that turned thousands of Americans into
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