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How You Got Into The Beatles
13 April 2013
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My dad, he put the ''1'' album on a very long car trip and told me that I was listening to one of the greatest bands ever (along with The Who and The Jam, according to him). For once in his life, he was right.

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It wasn't a person who introduced me to The Beatles, it was actually my English book in school. I remember one page of it had Jimi Hendrix (I was the only person in my class who knew about him *facepalm* then when you flipped the page there were 2 pages on The Beatles. Of course I knew about The Beatles but I was more of a Michael Jackson fan then a-hard-days-night-george-10 Back on topic: It gave a very brief summary of Beatles history and then it had the lyrics of Eleanor Rigby on the next page with questions about it. Afterwards I looked up.Eleanor Rigby and wasn't really impressed (stupid me), but later on in the book one of the example sentences was "My mum always listens to "Help " by The Beatles when she gets angry" So I looked up Help , found the promo for it and fell in love :P I later discovered I was always listening to Beatles covers as a kid especially Marmalade's "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da. I still have that English book all these years later and every time I see it I give a little thanks to the authors for introducing me to the best music I've ever heard :D

 

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I may be about to give the most offensive response to any topic on the forum. But it is also the sad truth.

I bought my first single for myself at the beginning of December 1980. Though I had been around lots of music, it was the first time I trotted down to Woolworths in the High Street to buy something I had heard on the radio because I liked it. I was a great fan of Buddy Holly and something about this guy, John Lennon , and his single, (Just Like) Starting Over, reminded me of Buddy.

A couple of days later I was off school because of a stomach upset, and John Lennon was dead. The radio was full of all these songs that I had known for years but never really known who they were by. From that day on The Beatles were my group.

So that is the sad truth, I was first introduced to them by the man who shot John Lennon . I wish it was different.

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It was a documentary on television in seventh grade. 

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On 25 May 2010,

Zig said

For me it was between the ages of 4 and 5 (1967/68). My older cousins were Beatles fanatics and got me into them. A couple of years later the lads broke up and I was crushed.

For the 10 years after the break up we kept hearing rumors (hopes?) that they would reunite, even for just one show and I never gave up hope.

Then December 1980 came along and I could not believe that John was dead. Again, crushed.

When George passed away I remember thinking, "My 2 favorite Beatles are gone. There is no justice in this world which means Ringo will probably outlive them all".  I really didn't mean it - it was only my grief showing through. Sorry, Ringo.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

Wow - did I just suck the fun out this thread or what? blue-meanie

Then you married Zag whose favorite Beatle is Ringo ahdn_ringo_09. I'd say you made up for it.heartapple01

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My parents had a lot of Beatles albums, so I pretty much grew up with it. Then of course you go through this period where everything your parents listen to is crap, according to you. And then at one point, at my 13th, I started to show an interest in music. Now, I don't know what happened exactly, but I ended up with a few Beatles songs on my iPod. Then, a few years later, I was hungry for more music and I thought ''I only have 8 (or something, I don't know exactly) songs by the Beatles, why? Perhaps it's time to check out all of their stuff. They're obviously an influence on a lot of bands, so they must be good.'' and I fell in love and wanted to know everything about the music and about them. And then, 2 and a half years ago, I felt like talking about them, but of course it would bore everyone around me, so joining a forum seemed like a good solution. And then this one popped up somewhere.

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I first got into the Beatles when I was 6 (2005) and my dad bought me SPLHCB . It was amazing the first time I heard it. My dad says he got the original SPLHCB LP in '67 but he doesn't know where it is

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I don't remember being introduced to the Beatles it probably happened when I was very young

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The Rock Band game.

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Wow, I'm all the way in 3rd generation! But I got really hooked after taking a peek into their music after hearing Roy Orbison was associated with them (so you can thank Roy for this little Beatlemaniac). Then I heard a lot of their different songs, and I said to myself, "Wow, their music is really diverse!" Youtube, Wikipedia, sites like this help me fuel my Beatles admiration.

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I think I have mentioned it before in another thread, but here goes:

My earliest memory of The Beatles was when I was 10/11 years old. I was bored, at my grandparents house, without Internet. There was a record player and many old records. I decided to listen to The Beatles because they were the only musicians that I had ever heard of. So the albums that were there were the Red Album and The Beatles Greatest. I can only recall liking Please Mr. Postman and finding Twist And Shout weird. On the cover of the Red Album , I remember Paul stood out and I mentioned to my dad that I thought he was not bad looking. On the back cover of the Red Album , the picture kind of shocked me because it was hard to believe that these were the same people, only Paul had not changed that much.

Then, on the 30th of January, 2014 (yes, 45 years after the rooftop concert!) I was watching this talk show.I don't really remember what they were talking about but I do remember that one man said, "The Beatles." They didn't show a picture of them, they didn't show a song, but they just said the name. Something in my brain switched and decided that The Beatles were cool, I don't know why, I don't know how. I went to my room, and remembering the Red Album I listened to it on YouTube and I loved it.

And the rest is history...

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I told this a hundred times, but it's really my parents I have to blame for this. Instead of kiddie music, my parents would play albums by artists such as Queen, Pink Floyd and, of course, The Beatles. The Beatles have always stuck out and I remember hearing especially The White Album , Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper a lot. My favourite Beatles songs back then were Hey Jude , Yellow Submarine , The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill and I was fascinated by Wild Honey Pie . Also loved Abbey Road , all of it.

Anyway, you then get in this age period where you start to dislike everything your parents like. They also didn't play the Beatles that much during that time. Then I downloaded Rolling Stone's 500 best songs ever list or something like that, and there were a few Beatles songs among them. I listened to them and started listening to them more and more and I thought ''Damn, why don't I have more Beatles music in my iTunes library, they're legendary and I love them and have known all these songs my whole life!'' and so I downloaded everything. While I was looking up something on the internet I came across this website and started to read everything on it, and later started to lurk on the forum for months. Then I decided to sign up.

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Ahhh, finally I have found this thread (thanks to @Ahhh Girl)!

*blows off dust* 

I've probably told snippets of my story elsewhere, but here is the whole thing. 

From the top, then: 

My first Beatle-related exposure was probably George's album Brainwashed, when I was about three (just after it was released). I do recall having some vague idea at the time that it was by some fellow named George Harrison (who had a funny voice) and who might have been one of the Beatles. Really the only thing that I remembered from it was the line 'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there' from the song Any Road.

Growing up I was always conscious that there was this English rock band called the Beatles-- one of them members had a funny surname, Linen or something-- who did stuff back then long time ago when they was fab, all those years ago. But I never considered myself a rock-and-roll person; my musical diet consisted entirely of instrumental and/or New Age type stuff. 

It wasn't until, when I was about eight or so, I somehow unearthed Yellow Submarine Songtrack from my dad's CD collection that I became aware of all that great music. I remember spending a day listening to all the songs and drawing a coloured picture for each song-- yellow submarines and bulldogs and the like. When I realised that there were more albums, I was hooked. 

My dad had Sgt Pepper 's, Magical Mystery Tour , White Album , YSS, and Abbey Road , all of which I nicked and played over... and... over. Well, mostly the first four; not so much Abbey Road , which, sound-wise, was a bit more grown-up than appealed to me at the time I suppose. 

This obsession lasted about two years, then I sort of got to a point where I felt like I'd worn them out. In short, I moved on. 

Or so I thought. . . 

Of course, that was absolute rubbish. Once the Beatle Bug has bitten you, you never recover. I began to get back into them the autumn before last, after I mentioned the Beatles to my little sister and she claimed she didn't like them (having had no notion whatsoever who or what they were). This of course was too much, and so in an attempt to prove that the Beatles are fab and amazing and what-have-you, I played some of those albums again, rekindling my own love for the Fab Four. At first, I insisted that 'He is only a casual acquaintance.' That I wasn't obsessed again, no indeed, I'd been through that before and was going to tread wisely this time. 

But I hadn't the power to hold out against the charm and allure of those lads' music. Through my mum's Pandora radio station, which occasionally played Beatlesongs, and then YouTube, I began discovering more of the Beatles' music, the earlier albums that I'd missed. I begged my parents for A Hard Day's Night for my birthday last year, and played almost nothing else for nearly six months (I also got A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner, which I read in one evening and was my introductory course to Beatlemaniology); then I got Revolver that August, and wore that out pretty well; then for Christmas I got Please Please Me , Rubber Soul , and Help ! By then it was, of course, entirely too late; I was a full-fledged Beatlemaniac now.

I found this forum on one of my Beatle-related YouTube jaunts (I think it was through a comment on an alternate version of the Rain promo which I can't find right now). I lurked on the main site for a while, then one day, the need to Beatleyammer with like-minded Beatlemaniacs  (or maybe it was the need to tell that user with the *insert eye-roll* sexy Paul avatar that her picture was referring to Across The Universe ) became too great and I joined the forum. 

 

And one massively long post later, here we are, and there you go. My whole, complete, and unadulterated tale of how I found, lost, and found again the Beatles. 

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I first heard the Beatles in 1963 (yes 1963). I was six but my older sister was 11 so she was right into US Beatlemania from the beginning. I remember hearing them all over the house, watching them on Ed Sullivan in Feb '64. My sister saw them live at Forest Hills in NY. She took 8mm movies of it. We still have the film somewhere.

I have almost every one of their original albums and singles.

I saw all the movies when they first came out.

I couldn't believe it when they broke up and always believed in a reunion until Dec 8, 1980.

Because of them I learned guitar.

So I'm a relic.

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@robert confessed 
I first heard the Beatles in 1963 (yes 1963). <snip> 

So I'm a relic.

Nah, you're not a relic. You're one of the lucky ones who were ACTUALLY THERE. beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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Thank Your Lucky Stars, around the time they started taking over the world.

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I really don't know, to be honest.

Growing up, about 75% of the music I was subjected to was classical music. We did watch a TV show called Top Pop, and my older sister introduced me to rock music when I was young, but I don't recall hearing much Beatles music. I knew who they were though, I guess it was an inevitable part of the collective DNA in those days (late seventies through early nineties). 

I do recall quite vividly how Imagine was a much played song on the radio, and We All Stand Together is one of my happiest childhood memories. When I went to what we call "continued education" (high school, I guess) at the age of 12, music education became part of the curriculum. It always had been in a fashion, but only very casually. Anyway, music education involved learning to read music, understanding time signatures, hearing the differences between different verses and choruses, learning to play an instrument, et cetera. As it happens, our music teacher was a Beatles fan. So a number of the songs we studied, were Beatles songs. One day, we even recorded Yesterday , with the teacher on piano and the students each singing one or two lines. Around that time, I had also taught myself to play Yesterday on the recorder. By ear, because I don't really like reading music.

In the 25 years since, I've never really been very conscious of the Beatles. I'd hear them now and again, and I loved what I heard, but it was all very casual and coincidental. I honestly have no idea why or how that changed, but it was some time in the last few years or so. It may have something to do with me attempting to learn to play the guitar. I'm rubbish at it, but my tutor is a huge Beatles fan and he's included many of their songs in his lessons. Coming across those lessons made me realise I had always loved their music very much, and though I hadn't consciously listened to it that much before, I already knew most of their songs by heart. Not all of the lyrics of course, but most melodies were very familiar. Then, when I started listening to more of their solo work, I realised I already knew quite a few of Paul's solo and Wings songs too. 

Even though I have now completely brainwashed myself with their music, it must have always been a part of me. I'm not the kind of person to listen to the radio a lot, and being born in 1978, Beatlemania wasn't around anymore when I grew up. I can't have been exposed to the music that much during my childhood either, or I'd have remembered. Still, I've always been a fan somehow. Funny how that works. Maybe it is in my DNA after all!

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Thanks Silly Girl. I feel very fortunate to have experienced it as it happened. Everything so fresh and vital. But the real joy is seeing the passion younger folks like you have - it validates everything the boys stood for.

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I was first exposed to The Beatles at a young age, about 6-7. I had never really listened to their music, but I sang Yellow Submarine in music class, and I loved it. One day, years later, I looked up the song and listened to it. I was so shocked, I loved how it sounded. But, what really got me into them months after that was curiosity. My mom was born in 1970, a few days before Paul left, so she never really listened to them. My dad was born in '67, but he didn't listen too much of The Beatles either. Anyways, I looked them up, and I listened to Here Comes The Sun , Hey Jude , Come Together , Help ! and so many others! It slowly became an addiction, and now I have a pile of Beatles songs on my IPod, a Beatles t-shirt, and a CD I rented from a library. heart

Edit: I also kind of remember looking up random things on Google, and I remember looking up "musicians with alter-egos" or something like that, and the SPLHCB album kept popping up, so that might have sparked something, but I can't remember too well. Also, I remember taking quite a few months to memorize names. George took the longest, where I couldn't remember his first name, and Ringo took the shortest amount of time. Another thing was I remember looking up photos of each Beatle, trying to come up with certain features of each of them, just so it would make it easier to memorize.

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I suppose I should make a post on this thread, since I'm new and all. a-hard-days-night-john-1My dad was the one who basically got me into the Beatles.  I have very vivid memories of listening to the White Album with my older brother with one of those thingies that allowed you to plug two pairs of headphones into one jack.  Especially Blackbird .  That song just takes me back to when I was 6 and life was simple.a-hard-days-night-ringo-12I had kind of a falling out period with the Beatles, basically from ages 7-13.  But then I bought Abbey Road on iTunes last year and the rest, as they say, is history.ahdn_george_08

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