“The Fab Four” — Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — were the topic of the program at the recent meeting of the Mathontes Club held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
The program, presented by Frances Moore and Becky Roberts, was in keeping with the year’s theme, “Rock Your Decade.”
Moore, who noted that Roberts’ husband, Billy, provided the research for the program, said that each member went on to great accomplishments after the group was disbanded after only 10 years.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960 and became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the rock music era.
The band built its reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany, during a three-year period.
Beatlemania started on Oct. 13, 1963, and brought both criticism and adulation to the group. Some thought they were just a “flash in the pan.” The Beatles counted among their influences Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.
Their first single was their first big hit, “P.S., I Love You,” which was released in September 1962 and written by Lennon and McCartney. The group caused a backlash when in the mid-1960s they declared that they were more popular than Jesus.
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with EMI Records estimating sales of over one billion units. Both Lennon and McCartney are successful and prolific songwriters. McCartney has 32 No. 1 hits and Lennon has 26.
Aug. 29, 1970, was the group’s last public show in Candlestick Park at San Francisco McCartney filed for dissolution on Dec. 31, 1970.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, was a big fan of The Beatles and used the group as his business model — “four guys who kept the negatives in check, balanced each other and proved that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, is credited with driving a wedge in the group. The rule was that no girlfriends or wives were allowed at recording sessions, but Ono came. Lennon was the oldest of the group, born in 1940. He has been ranked the fifth greatest singer of all times.
On Dec. 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman fatally shot Lennon four times in the back. Lennon’s ashes were scattered in Central Park, where the Strawberry Fields Memorial is located.
Starr, who was also born in 1940, was not the best musician in the band, but has a great wit. His first performance with the group in August 1962 brought some disagreement. His selection as the drummer for the group was not unanimous. He is still performing and writing music.
McCartney was born in 1942. After McCartney left The Beatles, he and his first wife, the late Linda McCartney, formed a group called Wings. “Live and Let Die,” the theme song for the James Bond movies, was written and performed by the McCartneys. In 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.
Harrison, who was born in 1943, was the lead guitarist and had a successful career after leaving the Beatles. He was an accomplished gardener and involved in a lot of humanitarian work. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and died in 2001.
Guests were seated at tables centered with peace lilies and dozens of pictures of the Beatles in containers created from records. Posters, pictures and other memorabilia were displayed throughout the room.
The hostesses were Joannye Crabb, Jody Henslee, Sue Deneke and Pauline Cherry.