In Liverpool, 1957, John Lennon formed a band, the Quarrymen, and soon
recruited guitarist Paul McCartney. George Harrison joined the Quarrymen in
March 1958. They settled on the Beatles name in 1960 and the rest is history.
During the ten years before the breakup in 1970, they became the world’s most
popular and most copied pop/rock band in the history of music.
The contributions that George Martin, the Beatles producer, who died at
age 90, made to the Beatles’
recorded catalog were crucial, and although he was the first to say that most of
the credit belongs to the band, many of the group’s greatest songs owe their
sound and character to his inspired behind-the-scenes work. Martin added
keyboard parts and orchestration to the Beatles’ recordings, Martin played a
solo on “In My Life,” an autobiographical meditation by Lennon, on “Rubber
Soul.” When the Beatles recorded the song, on Oct. 18, 1965, they left an
instrumental verse open, to be filled with a solo, the nature of which was yet
to be agreed upon. Martin decided to give it a Bachian twist, writing a
part that had the character and ornamentation of a Two-Part Invention...“Strawberry
Fields Forever,” was the first song recorded for the sessions that produced the
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Lennon wrote this psychedelic
dreamscape while filming “How I Won the War” in Almería, Spain, and recorded
demos of all kinds — on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, with and without
keyboard overdubs — before taking it to Abbey Road on Nov. 24, 1966. Lennon
asked Martin to write an orchestral score
which became a score for brass and
cellos. (Allan Kozinn NYT March 9, 2016. George Martin, Redefining Producer Who Guided the Beatles,
Dies MARCH 9, 2016 at age 90.)
John stated that Elvis Presley was his main inspiration; but Presley later
became an enemy who disapproved of Lennon’s anti-war activism and asked US
President Richard Nixon to ban the group from entering the United States.
Initial adulation and success turned into problems within the group and
hostility toward the Beatles that grew, for example, in the reactionary US.
Beatle songs arranged and performed by Stephen Gislason and recorded at
Persona Digital Studio
Imagine A little help from my friends
Penny Lane When I'm 64
And I love her
Here Comes the Sun She's Leaving Home I Saw Her Standing There
Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances
under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort.
Music online is offered to illustrate music history, advance music education and appreciation.
The recordings presented online demonstrate Persona
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All the recordings are
arrangements and performances completed in house by Stephen Gislason.
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