The Beatles will always be the Greatest band in history.
Their music, their lyrics, their incomparable discography, will forever mark the start of modern music (sorry fans of Elvis and Chuck Berry) and probably modern culture as we know it.
Those of us who grew-up in the post-Beatles era, can’t even imagine (no pun intended) what the world would be like without their indelible footprint; it would be like trying to picture life on earth without one of the Natural Elements.
For musicians, songwriters, composers and music lovers in general, their legacy has biblical proportions.
It’s been almost 47 years since the band ceased to exist, still like a fine wine that reveals its fullest expression of complexity and excellence, their music catalogue only gets betters with the passing of time.
Every day, people of all ages and from all walks of life around the world, are discovering or rediscovering their love for The Beatles, many of them relying on those beautiful songs for all kinds of inspiration or comfort.
But The Beatles weren’t always the best-selling band in history, and they certainly didn’t make-it overnight.
Some people might think, they were four gifted lads who were discovered by a promoter while playing a set inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club. But that’s not what happened…
Before they sold any records or became the most successful artists of all-time, they went through a period of extensive and exhausting training from 1960 to 1962, literally pushing themselves to their musical and physical limits.
For over 2 years they performed night after night (almost every night) sometimes playing 9 to 12 hours at a time, during their residencies at small clubs in Hamburg’s red-light district.
John Lennon said: “We had to play for hours and hours on end. Every song lasted twenty minutes and had twenty solos in it. That’s what improved the playing… We got better and got more confidence, playing all night long. It was handy, them being foreign. We had to try even harder, put our heart and soul into it, to get ourselves over”.
The Beatles weren’t simply gifted musicians who were at the right place at the right time, and it definitely wasn’t a matter of luck. These guys worked themselves to the bones while perfecting their craft. It wasn’t simple…
Before they were discovered, they went far beyond their comfort zone and earned their reputation as one the best acts of the time. When they finally got Brian Epstein’s attention, they did it based on the skills and abilities they’d developed. Again, it wasn’t luck…
Even after their big-break, working with Epstein and recording with George Martin, they still had to work very hard over the following months to reach their goal of being No. 1, and they continued to work hard for the following seven years; writing songs, recording and releasing albums at a pace that is still unheard of, while never compromising on quality or their artistic visions (and remember, there were four of them!).
From 1963 to 1970 The Beatles reinvented themselves (their sound – their look – their relevance) and the music industry, several times over. They not only made it to the top, they became the best, they broke all ceilings and after more than 50 years, they’re still rising…
The world will never see another phenomenon like The Beatles, but we can all learn from their music, their history and their example. Hard work, tenacity and perseverance are crucial to any success story.
Contributed by Fernando Brandt
VP, Corporate Strategy at PTC Recruiting