50th Anniversary Of Beatles First Album

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Please Please Me Changed The Face Of Pop Music

It was 50 years ago on March 22, 1963 since The Beatles released Please, Please Me and changed the face of pop music forever. Chris Bond looks back.

BACK in March 1963, Britain’s future wasn’t looking too bright. Harold MacMillan, the embodiment of the old guard, was Prime Minister, our former wartime ally Charles de Gaulle had just vetoed the UK’s entry into the EEC and Dr Beeching was about to publish his report calling for a cull of our railway network.

If that wasn’t enough, the country was only just starting to thaw following one of the coldest winters since the Napoleonic wars. Cliff Richard and the Shadows may have been singing merrily about going on a summer holiday, but on the face of it there seemed to be precious little worth smiling about.

Yet from the midst of this monochrome existence four young musicians from Liverpool emerged to bring a splash of colour to the world and lead a cultural revolution that still reverberates today.

It’s exactly 50 years today since The Beatles released their debut album, Please, Please Me, and in doing so changed the face of modern music. By this time the band had already released their first single, Love Me Do, the previous year. But it was their debut LP that really made people sit up and take notice, proving at the same time that they were no one-hit wonders.

 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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