Who Were the Beatles? (Who Was...?)
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Almost everyone can sing along with the Beatles, but how many young readers know their whole story? Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard-core Beatles fan, brings the Fab Four to life in this Who Was...? book. Readers will learn about their childhoods in Liverpool, their first forays into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why they broke up. It's all here in an easy-to-read narrative with plenty of black-and-white illustrations!
As a boy, Ringo was lonely. Elsie would watch her son stare out of the window, wishing he had a brother or sister. Then, at age six, things got worse. Ringo got sick. He felt a terrible pain on his right side — it was appendicitis. Appendicitis is easy to fix, but no one thought to take him to the doctor until he got really sick. Ringo was rushed to the hospital, where the doctor put him to sleep and took out his appendix. But after the operation, Ringo didn’t wake up. He was in a coma. For ten
to the hospital again. This time, he stayed for two years. One good thing did come out of his time away from home. In the hospital, Ringo learned to play drums. The hospital had a band travel around from room to room to play music. It was a way to cheer up other kids who were there. Ringo had always been interested in drumming. He used to tap along to the rhythm of any song he heard. Now, in the hospital, he was given a drum to bang on — and he loved it. When Ringo went home, he built his own
Beatles belonged to kids of the sixties the same way Frank Sinatra belonged to their parents. In 1964, the Beatles made their first movie, A Hard Day’s Night. A lot of the action in the movie showed the band running away from fans. It was a big hit. By now, John, Paul, George, and Ringo were no longer four guys from Liverpool. They were “the Fab Four,” even bigger than Elvis. They were still young and inexperienced, though, and sometimes made mistakes. John once told a reporter that the Beatles
early songs had been very simple. “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were fast, happy tunes with words that everybody understood. The newer songs were different. The first dramatic change came on “Yesterday,” a song Paul said he heard in his head during a dream. The song is sad, about lost love. Paul’s voice is supported by a quartet of classical musicians. “Yesterday” became one of the group’s most popular songs when it was released in 1965. Since then, more than three thousand
City. They would live there the rest of John’s life. So as John, Paul, George, and Ringo lived their lives apart from one another, one big question remained: When would the Beatles get back together? Never, was the answer, John said. Some of them did work together, but never all four at the same time. George played with John and Ringo on their albums. Ringo played on John‘s, on Paul’s, and on George’s albums. Paul played on George’s and on Ringo’s albums. And John played on George’s and on