The Beatles biography

The Beatles are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music.

Estimated by EMI, The Beatles have sold over one billion discs and tapes worldwide.

Being the clear leaders of the so-called British Invasion (other acts include, for example, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Cream, The Yardbirds, and Dusty Springfield), they took America by storm. With their catchy rock n roll infused pop, there was hysteria everywhere they went.

On the 29th of August, 1966, The Beatles played their last live show. It was held at the Candlestick Park in San Fransisco, U.S. Performing with not much more than a Vox AC30 each, it has famously become a landmark.

The Fab Four had at this point had enough of not hearing themselves over all the screaming fans, and the saying goes that modern touring was invented fifteen minutes after this show. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.

Among The Beatles’ smash hits you’ll find A Hard Days Night, She Loves You, Help, Let It Be, Blackbird, A Day In The Life, Michelle, Live And Let Die, Here Comes The Sun, Twist And Shout, Get Back, Yesterday, Come Together, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Don’t Let Me Down, With A Little Help From My Friends and Strawberry Fields.

McCartney paired Bach with Donovan and found Blackbird

Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney after he was woken up by a bird at six o’clock in the morning, in India. Other inspirations were Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bouree and a Jason Donovan picking pattern.

Released on The White Album (used as slang, it was simply called The Beatles, printed on a white cover), in 1968, it instantly became yet another classic to add to their immense legacy.

As a follow-up to the legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a year earlier, and John Lennon claimed The Beatles to be “bigger than Jesus”, they had now become the most respected band in the industry.

White album success

The White Album sold a staggering nineteen times platinum in the U.S alone and charted at #1 in six countries. Beatles responded by making fun of everything.

For example, they would give journalists new answers to the same questions, constantly pushing the boundaries of what they would print.

To this day, some of these stories have managed to stick.

At one point, in Wikipedia, Blackbird is said to be a song that Paul wrote after seeing racial tension escalate in America, he sang “blackbird fly”, referring to the idea that black women should get out of there.

Lennon would have been in stitches if he knew!

Blackbird – Chords

Inspired by Bach’s Bouree in E minor, Paul McCartney created a modern masterpiece that all other finger-picked songs shall forever be compared to.

An open G string is used almost throughout Blackbird. This ties the very clever chord progression together.

Go to Blackbird chords.

Blackbird – Lyrics

Blackbird singing in the dead of night.
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night.

Go to Blackbird lyrics.