Once upon a time, an English Rock band which was formed in Liverpool, England in 1960 ruled the world and sent listeners down a road of creative discovery and love. The three lads from Liverpool, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, rocked the world at a time of great cultural fluidity and inflicted love into the hearts of rock and roll junkies prior to asking drummer, Ringo Starr, to join them. The British pop sensations generated an intensity and energy that awoken millions with exuberance, happiness, and love. As the most artistically, commercially, culturally and spiritually influential acts of all time, The Beatles continue to create hysteria into the hearts and minds of human beings all over the world. Let’s take a magical tour through some of the most artistically creative and eclectic Beatles tattoos…
The Beatles releases their first single in the UK, “Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You” in October of 1962. The gang solidified their delirious grip on their homeland in 1963 with British chart-toppers such as “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Please Please Me”. The group finally arrived into the U.S in February of 1964 which sparked Beatlemania all over the globe. Their five-song performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th, 1964 is one of the most mass media events of the 20th century. The giddy madness soon elevated with consuming intensity with The Beatles first number one hit in the U.S, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
“I was there! I was at Festival Hall. I still have my original 1964 program. I screamed like a girl from the moment they walked on stage to the moment they left. It was the highlight of my youth spent going to concerts. It changed everything for me. They seemed like aliens. The Beatles walked on stage with their boots and haircuts and their guitars and they looked like they had stepped out of a spaceship. I remember feeling sorry for our local music scene because it was still stuck in the `50s — all the bands that opened for them were still in that look. Everything changed dramatically after that. I didn’t follow them around Melbourne as a kid, I figured I’d meet them eventually and I did. Well, I met Paul and Ringo. Paul’s the one I followed as a kid. I’ve got one of the largest private collections of Beatles handwritten lyrics in the world. I’m the only person in the world to have handwritten lyrics by all four Beatles. Ringo only wrote one song in the Beatles, Octopus’s Garden, that there’s handwritten lyrics for and I’ve got the only copy. He wrote it on Magic Christian stationery, he wrote it when he went to Sardinia on Peter Sellers’ boat. I’ve been collecting for years. I don’t tell Paul McCartney, I’m worried he’ll go after me! But I’d never sell this stuff. It’s a great investment. I love so many of their songs, especially the old simple ones like There’s a Place, and we play We Can Work It Out on stage sometimes.” – Rick Springfield
“I’ve never seen anything like Beatlemania, and I’ve seen most of the big bands. By the time they arrived in Australia, Beatlemania had gone around the world. The British explosion was on, it was different to the American scene with Elvis and Little Richard. It was our music. That’s how we thought of it. I’d been buying all the records, myself and Ronnie Burns. So we were wildly excited. To use the word in the biblical sense we camped out all night for tickets. It was the first big rock concert I’d seen. I’d go with my mum to Music for the People with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Hector Crawford, there were big crowds, but I remember thinking that Festival Hall was the biggest venue around. Sounds Unlimited were one of the bands on before the Beatles. They had their drum kit on stage, when the time came, they peeled the label off the drum kit and it was the Beatles’ logo and the crowd went berserk. The myth is that the screaming was so loud you couldn’t hear the band. There was a lot of screaming but you could hear the band. I could certainly hear more of the band from outside when I’d been kicked out. The security at the event were boxers I think, or they worked at the boxing, and they threw me out because I was hysterical. And I got caught trying to see them at the Southern Cross. Little did I know I’d end up working for them. Years later I told Paul McCartney at Live8 about how I tried to get their autograph at the Southern Cross. He actually asked me for my autograph. I still hold the Beatles in awe. The Long and Winding Road is still my favourite song of all time. I told Paul that too, he said “Oh dear, you’re not going to die are you?’ After I had the accident with the ladder Paul said “You almost did it!’ Luckily I can never do things successfully.” – Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum
The Beatles life-changing performances startled ears and energized the lives of virtually all who had the honor of seeing the UK lads perform. The moment that The Beatles started recording at Abbey Road Studios, it suddenly became the most famous recording studio in the entire world. The lyrical geniuses had a way with words that was laced with an originality that is beyond comparison. The Beatles sold an estimated 600 million records. Let’s come together and introduce the younger generations to the best band to ever exist.