Chapter 5



The Beatles

external image 220px-Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpgThe Beatles, a UK pop group formed in 1960, was consisted of 4 members back then: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Some people say that they sang some of the best songs in the history of pop music like Twist And Shout, A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Can't Buy Me Love. The separation of The Beatles occured in 1970 as each member persued a solo career. One of the most influential sollo of an ex-beatle would have to be Imagine by John Lennon. Unfortunately, the death of two group members occured: John Lennon in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001. Today, the group members that remain are Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.




Sources:
1) http://www.youtube.com
2) http://www.biography.com/
3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles

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John Lennon

John Lennon was a guitar player in the Beatles before the group seperated in 1970. John Lennon is known to be the ex-Beatle with the most successful solo carreer. He made a total of over 11 records and his second cd, Imagine, is the most widely known one. Right when he separated with the group, he released his first cd, Plastic Ono Band. From 1970, when his first solo was realeased, until 1975, he realesed a total of six records. The death of John Lennon was instant and with no warning. He died at the age of 40 at around midnight. The cause of his death was hypovolemic shock; a very painful death. He lost approximately 80% of his blood mass in the hospital. There was no way to save him.

Sources:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon
2) http://www.oldielyrics.com/j/john_lennon.html
2) www.johnlennon.com/


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Dr. Suess

Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Suess, was born in Springfield, Massachusets on March 2nd 1904. We mostly know the man as an "idol" for kids as he acoomplished one of his diggest dreams; writting stories for young kids. Not only did he accomplished this dream, he also caught the attention of many people throughout the world as he was one of the best writters for kids in his time. He studied at Dartmount College in New Hampshire and graduateed as an illustrator and humorist for US periodicals. In 1936, on his way to a vaction in Europe, he came up with his first book. What inspired him to right this was the continuous rythm of the ship's engine. The book he wrote was intitled And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Before publishing his first book, 43 publishers rejected his books until on of his friends was kind enough to publish it. The book then went on and had very mediocre success. But, this was only the start of his career as he was a lot more succesful in World War II. During that time, he wrote a couple of successful books and also a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which won an Oscar that year. His biggest success though was The Cat in the Hat published in May of 1954. One of his other succesful masterpieces was Green Eggs and Ham. This story was created in 1960 when Bennet Cerf bet Giesel that he couldn't publish a successful in 50 words. After creating may more successful stories for kids, Theodor Seuss Giesel died September 24th, 1991.

Sources:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Suess
2) http://www.seuss.org/seuss/seuss.bio.html
3) http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9479638

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The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys series was one of the most action filed and suspense books series ever published. It was a very successful series and was always, right fom the beginning, compared to the other very good detective books by Agatha Cristie. The first succesfully puclished book was called The Tower Treasures. In this novel, the Hardy Boys try to find Jewels and securities stolen from the Tower Mansion, but first they must find their friend Chet Morton's missing jalopy. As you can see, most stroies include many situations and always keep the reader want to read more and more. The two main characters (they appear in every single book) are of course the two Hardy Brothers Frank and Joe. Now, there has been quite a lot of different authors with different styles who wrote the books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate and the name of the author that is on the front cover of ebery book is Fracklin W. Dixon which is only a pen name for all of the others who wrote some of the books. The most widely recognized "ghostwriter" was Leslie McFarlane who wrote 19 of the first 25 Hardy Boys books in between 1927 and 1946. The first Hardy Boys mystery, The Tower Treasure was originally published in 1927 by Grosset & Dunlap. Still today, Hardy Boys books are being written and published all over the world. There is a total of over 250 Hardy Boys mysteries and they are published in over 25 languages in Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German, French and Japanese.

Sources:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_Boys
2) www.keeline.com/**Hardy**_**Boys**.pdf
3) www.thrillingdetective.com/hardys.html

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Creedence

Creedence Clearwater Revival or sometimes known as CCR or just even Creedence. Creedence was a real rock and roll band. One of their best albums was Recollection. It was a two cd album with Creedence playing live. The four members of Creedence are John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. John was the lead singer but he did also play the guitar. Tom was the lead guitarist but he did also sing. They were brothers so they had alot in common. Stu was the bass guitarist and he was a back up singer like Tom. Doug was the drumer and since it is hard to sing and play the drums at the same time, he only plays percussion. They started out as The Blue Velvets in the 1950's. It was with John Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. Tom, John's older brother, was starting to be a part of the band in about 1959. In 1964 the band recorded two songs for Fantasy Records. And that is how the band is born. It is too bad that they aren't still around today. Even though they did have some hard times, they were an amazing band.

Sources:
1.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creedence
2.) http://www.creedence-online.net/history.php
3.) http://www.creedence-revisited.com/band.html[[http://www.mts.net/~mloewen1/ccr/|]]

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Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente Walker was born in Barrio San Anton in Carolina, August 18, 1934. He had three brothers and he was the fourth, the youngest. Roberto was very good at track and field and he won medals in javelin throw and in short distance race. He always did really like baseball, he played amateur baseball in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Roberto was 4 time NL batting champion. He also finished top ten in batting average thirteen times. He was the greatest baseball player to ever have player right field. In 1955 his first Major League season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente had really good season batting .255 with five home runs. In the 1960's, Clemente joined the likes of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as one of the top players in the National League. Unfortunatly he died on December 31, 1972 off the coast of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Almost 40 years have past since Roberto Clemente's death and he will still be remembered as a great baseball player. To honor his legacy, we have made a special day on September 18 to not only remeber Roberto, but to honor the players who have helped so much to their communities.

Sources:
1.) http://www.latinosportslegends.com/clemente.htm
2.) http://www.robertoclemente21.com/Biography/biography.html
3.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Clemente