Paul Mc Cartney, two years his junior, had a rapidly evolving understanding of music and a slightly younger guitarist schoolmate named George Harrison.
Once the three jelled, the band honed its chops playing before ever-more-appreciative audiences in clubs in Liverpool, notably the Cavern, and in three separate residencies, with a drummer named Pete Best and a bassist named Stu Sutcliffe, in a succession of strip clubs in the red-light district of Hamburg.
After hitting dead ends with all of the established British labels of the time, he put together a last-shot meeting with an exec at Parlophone, an overlooked division of the conglomerate EMI.
(1963): “I love you / Woo-woo-woo-woo.” “Ask Me Why” was one of Lennon and Mc Cartney’s first compositions, as the lyrics here attest.
With a major exception, “One After 909,” the results of these early efforts were as naïve and plain as you’d expect.
(The first of these ended when authorities discovered George Harrison was underage; he was unceremoniously deported.) The band’s undisciplined and chaotic performances are now the stuff of legend, ranging as they did from wild American R&B to the schlockiest schlock, like this.
But at the end of this trial by fire — playing in front of gamblers, gangsters, strippers, and thugs — they emerged as tight and focused a band as can be imagined.
They didn’t fuss about it; it’s what they wanted to do. Mc Cartney’s piano playing, which graced so many Beatles songs, right up to “A Day in the Life,” is a parody of itself.
It’s the worst song in the Beatles’ classic period.Trees of Avicennia and of Sonneratia develop several different kinds of roots.The main rooting system consists of large cable roots which give off anchoring roots downwards and aerial roots or pneumatophores upwards.Beyond everything else, the Beatles were the biggest cultural story of the modern era, and they were, in the end, pop, if pop is music that makes people happy. Even by Mc Cartney standards (“Getting Better,” “Hello Goodbye”) the title is inane.Through the confusion and the chaos, the pain and the self-questioning, they worked to create a joyous sound. “Good Day Sunshine,” (1966): Paul Mc Cartney was welcome to write all the happy, upbeat, cheery-cheery songs he wanted. It could have been “Yum Food Delicious,” or “Hot Sex Baby,” or any other three random words Mc Cartney took out of his — and note that of these three choices Mc Cartney chose the blandest.Still, having left Sutcliffe in Hamburg, the band continued to rock the Cavern as a quartet, with Paul Mc Cartney playing bass.