Following in The Beatles Early Footsteps - Pt 1 Getting to Know their Roots
The Beatles have sold more records than anyone else, a staggering 600 million copies. Just think about it – that’s 600,000,000 records, and presumably they’ve included the ones I’ve bought in that figure as well. I was a huge fan of the Fab Four
and still am, and when the opportunity arose, I didn’t hesitate to use my birthday as an excuse to make a pilgrimage to visit the place where they came from, to learn more about how and why they became the phenomenon that they did.
Between 1962 and 1970 they recorded 213 songs, 188 of which they penned themselves, mostly by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Everyone has their own favourite Beatles album or song, and their music changed direction more than once, but for me personally, it was their early stuff that I loved the most. It was raw music at its best and could change from Paul hammering out a heavy rock number like Long Tall Sally one minute to John Lennon singing a ballad like This Boy the next.