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Were the Beatles just a boy band in the beginning?

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Were the Beatles simply a boy band in 1964?

  1. Yes, absolutely. Check out the screaming.

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  2. No. The fan base of the Beatles was much broader than young girls right from the start.

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  1. Foxhound

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    Boy bands are now just as much as ever in the news. Although most of us sneer at these bands in disdain, there are some who counter with the argument that even the Beatles were a boy band at the start of their careers.

    Well I myself disagree. The Beatles had spent a couple of years building up their popularity in the smoke filled nightclubs of Liverpool and Hamburg before they finally hit it big. As a result, their fanbase was from the beginning much broader than just pubescent girls.

    But what do you think?

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  2. That 70s Guy

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    No. The fan base of the Beatles was much broader than young girls right from the start.

    And they could actually write and play,boybands can't do that.
     
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    No. The fan base of the Beatles was much broader than young girls right from the start.
     
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    They were always a rock band. They played their instruments and wrote a lot of their own songs from the very beginning. Not a boy band, imo. No way.
     
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    Before 1960 the Beatles were very young teenagers and went under many names including "Johnny and the Moondogs" and the "Silver Beatles" after Buddy Holly and the Crickets - they played at family functions and School Fetes, a mixture of Jazz, Skiffle and Rock'n'Roll, very much the music of the day - as for being a boy band, i suppose you could say they were but with instruments.


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    I think the Beatles had a much wider fan base, but they were one of the first bands to ever market themselves to the teens. They came out with all kinds of merchandise that was for teenagers, which was marketed by a company called Selteab. (if I am not mistaken, this company was set up originally just for the Beatles). They marketed belts, badges, sweaters, hats, bobble heads, and all types of novelty items. These items were definitely aimed at the teen demographic.

    You could call them a Proto-boy band, because of the presedence they set, otherwise.......they are just a Historical Rock Band.
     
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    Frank Sinatra ... was first, of course marketing and the media had grown by the time that the Beatles came along.

    His legion of 'Bobby Soxers' predated Beatle Mania ...

    Frank Sinatra and the 'bobby-soxers' | 1940-1949 | Guardian Century

    Many thousands of his "fans" have never seen him in the flesh but have only heard him broadcast or seen him on the films, where, incidentally, he is not particularly successful. Psychologists have written soberly about the hypnotic quality of his voice and the remarkable effect upon susceptible young women. Because he wears a polka-dotted bow tie hundreds of thousands of young people of both sexes wear a similar tie. The teen-age girls who constitute the main part of his audience also wear short white half-hose, and are therefore called "bobby-sox girls" or, more simply, "bobby-soxers."



    Macmillan: Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls' Culture, 1920-1945 (Girls' History and Culture): Kelly Schrum: Books
     
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  9. Mr. Shadow

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    They were never boys. :rolleyes:
     
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  10. BeatlesFan

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    No, The Beatles appealed to people of all ages, backgrounds, both girls and guys.
     
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