Why did the Beatles come late and the Everly's early?
Don and Phil had their first hit in 1957, Phil was only 18.
The Beatles hadn't come up with their first hit until 1963, yet John and Ringo were only 1 year younger than Phil.
Why couldn't they make songs around 1958-1961? What was happening during that time?
Cause I feel like the Beatles didd not have enough albums.
- Tony BLv 78 months agoFavorite Answer
The Everly Brothers are an odd act to compare The Beatles to.
The Everly Brothers first hit was, as you say, in 1958, but they didn't write it. Most of their hits were written for them. Cathy's Clown, in 1960, was the first hit they wrote themselves.
The Beatles didn't even form until 1960 and had their first hit in 1962 (not 1963 as you claim). Lennon and McCartney had written songs before then but, obviously, couldn't release them as they had no record contract until 1962.
The Beatles had eight years during which they could release albums, starting from 1962, when the were given a recording contract, until 1970 when the split up. During that period they released 12 or 13 albums (depending on whether Magical Mystery Tour is counted - in the UK it was released as a double EP). I'm puzzled about your suggestion that this was “not enough”.
- KillmousekyLv 78 months ago
Lennon was only 16, McCartney 15 when they 1st met each other in July '57. Both wrote songs in those years, but most were lost when a notebook in which they were written down was lost. Some other early songs were subsequently recorded by The Beatles (e.g.; "I'll Follow The Sun") or given to others (e.g.; "Hello Little Girl")
McCartney only introduced Harrison to Lennon in Feb. '58.
They only met Ringo Starr in Oct. '60 when he drummed for another Liverpool band, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.
- marsLv 78 months ago
They did record songs. In 1958 they were the Quarrymen, '59 Johnny and the Moondogs, The Silver Beatles, then The Beatles. They toured Scotland, and played in Hamburg. In '61 played The Cavern Club, and backed Tony Sheridan on albums, with charting hit songs.
- Anonymous8 months ago
The Beatles were one of the British "knock-off rock" acts of the 1960s that copied the American culture band originators and creators of American music like The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, etc, etc, etc. This was in large part because importing American musical culture into the UK was illegal and frowned upon until the late 1950s and the UK government didn't allow American culture being taught in the UK school system until the late 1950s to early 1960s. The Beatles were one of the first emulators of American culture in an era that has been called "The British Invasion", but more of a "blurp" because by 1977 to 1982 British music bands had all but disappeared into forgotten obscurity never to be heard from again.
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- HurricainLv 78 months ago
Yeah obviously those darn Beatles were nothing but a bunch of slackers. SMH
- AndrewLv 78 months ago
The Beatles recorded a dozen albums - thirteen by some claims, depending on the strict definition of "studio album." And while the total number of songs that they recorded and released is a matter of debate, any credible estimate would include somewhere in the realm of 200 songs. The first Beatles album was released in 1963 and the last was released in 1970 - that's 200+ songs in roughly seven years. That breaks down to roughly 30 songs per year (more than enough for 2 studio albums), and it means that they released a record, on average, every 7 months. That's a very prolific performance by anybody's measure. Moreover, it's not about quantity - it's about quality. The Beatles wrote and recorded some of the most famous, beloved, celebrated, memorable, and iconic songs in the history of popular music. It's incredible to think that even if they'd only released HALF of the material they did and only had HALF of those songs to their credit, they'd probably still be the most well-known and revered group of the modern era. If they didn't release enough material to suit you, then you could spend the rest of your natural life listening to each and every cover version of their songs that has ever been recorded and you would likely have to spend half your waking hours listening to them to even make a dent in the number that exist.
- skeptikLv 78 months ago
The Beatles were all still in school.
The Everlies were done with school by 1957, and started touring and recording immediately.
- yet-knish!Lv 78 months ago
The Beatles were still developing as musicians and as a band in those years. And they didn't really start developing as songwriters until around 1962. The music that influenced them as songwriters was still developing in the years before then.
Also, the Everlys did not write their first hits.
Also, it might have been easier for a singing duo with only acoustic guitar accompaniment to get started early. A band took longer to develop.