On 24th October 1962, “Love Me Do”, entered the British Top Thirty. It was the first single by an unknown group from Liverpool called The Beatles. It was the first of a number of big hits that would make John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr the most successful pop group the world has ever known.
The road to success was not always easy. Although the long evenings spent playing in hot nightclubs in Liverpool and Hamburg in Germany had not earned the much money, they found the experience very useful when playing to huge audiences later on. Not only was their style of singing new and exciting but their unusual haircuts – Beatles “mops” – and crazy sense of humour became immediately the latest fashion.
During the 1960s the Beatles were always in the news headlines, films, world tours and sometimes scandal. John once suggested that the Beatles were better known than Jesus Christ. This caused hundreds of young Americans to burn their Beatles records. In addition some people thought there were hidden messages about drugs in some of the songs.
After a decade of successful music and films, the Beatles finally decided to break up in the early seventies, after public disagreements about money and personalities. Although many fans hoped there would be reunion throughout the 1970s, this became impossible with the tragic murder of John Lennon in New York in 1980. The surviving Beatles are deeply involved in musical and film projects, but many fans still long for the music of the 60s.
Yesterday All my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they’re here to stay Oh, I believe in yesterday. Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be, Yesterday There’s a shadow hanging over me, Oh, yesterday came suddenly. Why she had to go I don’t know, she wouldn’t say, I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday, Yesterday, Love was such an easy game to play, Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I believe in yesterday. Why she had to go I don’t know, she wouldn’t say, I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday. Yesterday, Love was such an easy game to play, Now I need a place to hide away, Oh, I believe in yesterday. Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky. Imagine all the people Living for today… Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace…
Imagine Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world… You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one.
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