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Norwegian Wood is a song written and sung by John Lennon, released on the Rubber Soul album in 1965. This track is generally credited as being the first pop recording to use the sitar, an Indian stringed instrument. "Norwegian Wood" sparked a musical craze for the sound of the novel instrument in the mid-Sixties. The song is now acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of what is now usually called "world music" and it was a major landmark in the trend towards incorporating non-Western musical influences into Western popular music.
Featured AlbumPlease Please Me is the first official studio album by The Beatles. It was released on March 22, 1963 and became a number one hit on the same year in the United Kingdom. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 39 on its list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In the United States, many of the songs on the album were first issued on Vee-Jay Records' Introducing...The Beatles in 1964, and then subsequently on Capitol Records' The Early Beatles in 1965. In a review, the All Music Guide says "Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins."
"Please Please Me" is a song by The Beatles. It is mostly a Lennon composition, though credited McCartney/Lennon, and included on the album Please Please Me. It was released as a single with "Ask Me Why" as it's B-side.
Practically a sole Lennon composition, John wrote it in the style of Roy Orbison. Originally, it was in a slower tempo. A trial run at "Please Please Me" was recorded on September 11, 1962, the same day as "P.S. I Love You" and the album version of "Love Me Do." The revamped version which became the single was made on November 26 within 18 takes and edit pieces. "Please Please Me" was the second single by the Beatles in the United Kingdom. There is some dispute as to the song's chart position. 3 out of 4 chart publications ranked it as a #1 while the fourth had it peak at #2. If indeed a #1 smash, it was the first time a Liverpool act achieved such a feat. Whatever the case, this single made the Beatles huge in popularity beyond their Merseyside fan base. This single, like the original compositions on the Please Please Me album, has the songwriters credited as McCartney-Lennon, in a dispute over ego and songwriting domination. Subsequently, Lennon's name always appeared first. As Paul later said, "John got his way, as usual!" The song was released as the first single in America on VeeJay records in February 1963 where upon the label the group's name was misspelled as "Beattles." It was released twice more in January 1964 and August 1964. It charted after the second time, reaching #3.
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The BeatlesThe Beatles have. They were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century, let alone the Sixties. They were youth personified. They were unmatched innovators who were bigger than both Jesus and rock & roll itself: During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles held the first five slots on the Billboard Singles chart; they went on to sell more than a billion records; and 2000's 1 , a compilation of the Beatles Number One hits, hit Number One in 35 countries and went on to become the best-selling album of the 2000s.
Every record was a shock when it came out. Compared to rabid R&B evangelists like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles arrived sounding like nothing else. They had already absorbed Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry, but they were also writing their own songs. They made writing your own material expected, rather than exceptional. As musicians, the Beatles proved that rock & roll could embrace a limitless variety of harmonies, structures, and sounds; virtually every rock experiment has some precedent on Beatles records. As a unit the Beatles were a synergistic combination: Paul McCartney's melodic bass lines, Ringo Starr's slaphappy no-rolls drumming, George Harrison's rockabilly-style guitar leads, John Lennon's assertive rhythm guitar — and their four fervent voices. As personalities, they defined and incarnated Sixties style: smart, idealistic, playful, irreverent, eclectic. Their music, from the not-so-simple love songs they started with to their later perfectionistic studio extravaganzas, set new standards for both commercial and artistic success in pop.
"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.' " - Paul McCartney
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