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Department
Music
Course
MUS321H1
Professor
James Kippen
Semester
Winter

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They rejected idea of releasing singles of the people’s material (e.g. Love me do vs how did you do it) Live shows covered wide range of songs with styles. - What role did the material play in shaping Beatle music? - What do these musical choices tell us about the different personalities about the Beatles? “Till There Was You” - By Meredith Wilson - From The Music Man 1957 - Film Version 1962 (Shirley Jones) - Peggy Lee (1961) - Decca session. Chord Structure Intro: F Fedium Gm7 C7 Compare “Love Me Do” Intro: GC G C (I-IV…) Verse: G C G C G C C C (I-IV…) Bridge: D D C G x2 (V-IV-I….) Verse F Fedim Gm7 Bm F Am7/A,m7 Gm7 C7 F … Transition…F9 --- …..to bridge. Bridge (Middle Eight) B B,m F D9 Gm/Gm+maj7 G7 C Caug …. Back to verse Ending C/B C F D9 F…. Fmaj7 Gave the Beatles a new harmonic repertoire in their hands. What else was popular? - US – Elvis, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison - Motown first no.1 in 1961 – The Marvelettes - “Mr. Postman” UK 1960 - Lornie Donegan “My Old Man’s A Dustinman, A Garbage Collector” - Everly Brothers - Shadows “Apache” - Rory Orbson - Elvis 1962 - Frank Ifield - Tornadoes “Telstar” Timing - British post-war youth were seeking new pop-music icons - The energy/excitement generated in the mid 1950s by American rock and roll and dissipated - The competition? - Cliff Richard (Summer Holiday Feb 1963) Something New? The Beatles had: - Different, anti-establishment image (but not too threatening) - New sound that blended elements of rock and roll, show tunes, Motown, crooner song, novelty numbers etc. - Lots of musical variety, appealing to a wider audience. - Different personalities (everyone had a favorite) - Wit and humor - Great songs, beginning with “Please Please Me” - Branded as “The Beatles” the ones with the 4 individual personalities. “Please Please Me” Last night I said these words to my girl, I know you never even tried girl C’mon Please please me, when yeah, like I please you. You don’t need me to show the way, love, Why do I always have to say “love” C’mon… Please please me now. PPM Analysis - Recorded Number 26, 1962. - George Martin’s input. - Intro, verse, refrain, middle eight - Instrumentation – harmonica was partnered with the guitar. - Vocal harmonies – oscillating notes, that contribute to the musical complaint rather than visual complaint. - Mounting tension through the refrain (C’mon…) - Musical sophistication of the middle eight does the music match the text? th - Released January 11 , 1963. nd - Reached no.1 February 2 , 1963. 1963 Overview - Two weeks in Hamburg (Dec 1962) - Feb 11: PPM album session - March 22 – PPM released - Busy year of UK Tours, BBC radio recordings - July-Sept-Oct: sessions for With the Beatles - No.1 Singles: “From Me To You” (Apr), “She Loves You” (Aug), “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (Nov) - Second album: With The Beatles (Nov) - London Palladium and Royal Command performances (Oct/Nov) - Beatlemania! Please Please Me Album - 10 hours, 11 Songs. (5 by L-McC) - Album consolidates no.1 successes. - Introduced singles and B sides. - Beatles marketed as a cohesive unit. - No “fillers” – all potential no. 1s – McC “[GM] could see beyond what we were offering him” - Based on live set. Opening/closing R&B number Variety of singles, solos for all. “I Saw Her Standing There” - Early McCartney up-tempo rocker - Influences? - Lennon’s role in refining lyrics. “Lennon’s insertion was brilliant as it was music. By adding five of the simplest words in the English language – he transformed the lyrics from teenybopper cliché” – Alan Kozinn - “Ask Me Why” (B Side to Please Please Me) - “PS I Love You” (B Side to Please Please Me) More adventurous harmonies - “There’s A Place” Lennonesque – about getting inside the mind to find solitude, suggests his free-thinking sensibility. - “Misery” Insertion of new color, piano line. Instrumentation, orchestral color. - “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” Sung by Harrison. Covers Shirelle’s hits - Doo-wop; sha-la-la etc. backing vocals - “Anna Go To Him” – Lennon - “Chains” – another solo for Harrison - “A Taste of Money” – McCartney crooner. “Twist and Shout” - the final up-tempo number to end the album - A bit for the Isley Brothers - Perhaps the most popular early Beatles song.
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