The Beatles Illustrated Biography
- 224 Pages
- Publisher: Transatlantic Press
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Beatles were not only talented, they also had the drive and determination to reach their goal. Under the tutelage of manager Brian Epstein the band constantly criss-crossed the country playing a run of "one-night stands." Without drawing breath they also squeezed in the growing number of requests for radio and television recordings, not pausing in their touring schedule. Their fame spread rapidly beyond Merseyside and a first tour of Sweden in 1963 was soon followed by a visit to the States early the following kyear. America adored the Beatles and after an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show pandemonium followed in their wake.
In June 1964, they embarked on their first major world tour. At every venue a screaming mob of fans desperate to glimpse their idols was there waiting. Two months later they returned to the States to play in twenty-four cities during a seismic thirty-four day tour. Their albums and singles automatically shot to the top of the charts, often breaking sales records before the official release dates. Building on success they branched out into the world of the movies with their first film A Hard Day's Night, an instant box office success.
During 1965, tired of the treadmill of playing live and coping with the fans that mobbed them at every venue, the Beatles made a conscious decision to spend more time in the studio and less time on the road. A second world tour took place the following year but on August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, they played their last gig. They could now relax a little, build on their business interests and focus on the next album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
However, tensions between the four were beginning to drive the Beatles apart. In the studio they increasingly worked individually rather than collectively and eventually disagreements over music and business interests led each member of the band to actively pursue a solo career. The group parted in 1970 but it was by no means the end of the legend. They were a pop phenomenon that defined the sixties and the Beatles' legacy is still very much alive today.