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
“Till There Was You”
- By Meredith Wilson
- From The Music Man 1957
- Film Version 1962 (Shirley Jones)
- Peggy Lee (1961)
- Decca session.
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….)
F Fedim Gm7 Bm
F Am7/A,m7 Gm7 C7
Bridge (Middle Eight)
B B,m F D9
Gm/Gm+maj7 G7 C Caug
…. Back to verse
C/B C F D9
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”
- Lornie Donegan “My Old Man’s A Dustinman, A Garbage Collector”
- Everly Brothers
- Shadows “Apache”
- Rory Orbson
- Frank Ifield
- Tornadoes “Telstar”
- 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)
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
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”
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?
- Released January 11 , 1963. nd
- Reached no.1 February 2 , 1963.
- 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)
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
- 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
- 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
Insertion of new color, piano line. Instrumentation, orchestral color.
- “Do You Want To Know A Secret?”
Sung by Harrison.
- 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.