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The Beatles are the greatest popular group of all-time. They are among the most
influential popular music artists of the second half of the 20th century. Their
influences on popular culture extended far beyond their roles as recording artists,
as they branched out into film and even semi-willingly became spokesmen for their
John Lennon,
James Paul
McCartney, George Harrison and
Richard Starkey (also known as
Ringo Starr) were born during the
1940s in Liverpool, England. John
Lennon met Paul McCartney
when they were both performing
in Skiffle Groups, which were
homespun bands that played a
combination of folk, rock and
John was in a group called The Quarrymen, which later became John and the
Quarrymen. Paul introduced John to George Harrison, who was two years younger
but showed extraordinary talent. John, Paul and George, with the addition of John's
Friend from art college, Stu Sutcliffe and a guitarist named Pete Best, set out to work
in German clubs, where musicians were able to make a paltry living playing strip
clubs and low end establishments. Ringo was performing in many of the same
establishments with the group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.
They played a wide variety of musical instruments. Initially the Beatles were a
guitars and drums band. In the course of their career every member became a multiinstrumentalist. George Harrison played the lead guitar and also introduced such
exotic instruments as ukulele, Indian sitars, flutes, tabla, darbouka, and tampur
drums. John Lennon played a variety of guitars, keyboards, harmonicas and horns.
Paul McCartney played bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and
keyboards, as well as over 40 other musical instruments.
In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and
joined his group,The Quarrymen. George Harrison joined them in February of
1958. In 1959 they played regular gigs at a club called The Casbah. The Beatles
recorded their first full length album, live in the studio, on February 11, 1963 in
one 12 hour session.
On June 25, 1967, The Beatles made history becoming the first band globally
transmitted on TV to an estimated 400 million people worldwide. Beatles
created over 240 songs, they recorded many singles and albums, made films
and TV shows.
In 1994, "The Beatles Live At The BBC," a double CD of BBC sessions from the
early and mid-'60s, was officially released. On October 5, 2000, "The Beatles
Anthology" book was finally published worldwide. It contains 340,000 words
and over 1,300 images, including unseen photographs and personal
The Beatles are the only artist to have back-to-back-to-back number one singles
on Billboard's Hot 100. Boyz II Men and Elvis Presley have succeeded themselves
on the chart, but the Beatles are the only artist to three-peat.
The Beatles’ "Yesterday" is the most covered song in history, appearing in the
Guinness Book of Records with over 3000 recorded versions. The Beatles broke
television ratings records in the U.S. with their first appearance on the Ed
Sullivan show.
The Numero Uno English group, Beatles, have most singles and albums that
have enjoyed the number one position than any other artist. They are associated
with whooping sales of upto over one billion records worldwide, in a single year!
The Beatles are internationally acclaimed the 'Greatest Artists of All Time' and
their innovative music and impact on youth culture is evident even today.
John Lennon was asked by a news reporter in 1964 "How
long do you think the Beatles will last?" Lennon answered
"About five years." The Beatles began to break up in 1969.
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