The Beatles
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1957-03
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The Beatles

The Beatles Biography (BBC)

The Beatles are both the gold standard and the launchpad for British popular music as a global force. Over the course of 11 studio albums and a run of worldwide number one singles - standards such as From Me To You, Help!, Day Tripper, Let It Be - EPs and countless sessions and interviews for BBC radio, often with their friend Brian Matthew (which were later compiled into two double albums), they took American rock ‘n’ roll and soul, added a unique sense of optimism, and set about charming the world.

The band was formed in Liverpool during the 1950s explosion of both rock ‘n’ roll and skiffle. John Lennon was leading a band of schoolmates called The Quarrymen, and met a cocksure guitarist and singer called Paul McCartney, whose blossoming talents seemed to rival his own. They worked together, quality controlling each other’s songs and pushing the other on to new musical peaks. Paul brought in a hard-to-impress young guitarist called George Harrison, and the trio set about finding gigs (and drummers, where possible).

They forged a binding union while playing long hours in Hamburg - sometimes with a talented drummer named Ringo Starr - and at Liverpool’s now-legendary Cavern Club in 1961, the band hooked up with manager Brian Epstein, who brought them (plus Ringo) to producer George Martin. Under his tutelage the band were ready to take on all comers, changing their sound with each new release.

They started in 1963 with the solid beat group excitement of I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You, later taking in muscular riff-pop (Ticket To Ride) and limpid balladry (Yesterday) and blossoming with the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, incorporating any new musical idea they could get their hands on, from mellotrons (Strawberry Fields Forever) to sitars (Within You Without You) to La Marseillaise (All You Need Is Love, recorded for Our World, a global satellite TV show).

Having defined a generation, they took stock in India, learning to meditate and writing the songs for what became their double album The Beatles, but the camaraderie that kept them together was wearing off, and business arguments eventually tore them apart.

Their final album, Abbey Road, was a deliberate last hurrah, to both the band and the swinging 60s they had come to define.

The Beatles Biography (Wikipedia)

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated classical elements, older pop forms and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and later experimented with several musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As the members continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they were seen as an embodiment of the era's sociocultural movements.

Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding the group's homeland success after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed "Beatlemania", they acquired the nickname "the Fab Four", with Epstein, Martin, and other members of the band's entourage sometimes given the informal title of "fifth Beatle".

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Drive My Car
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Drive My Car
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I Saw Her Standing There
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I Saw Her Standing There
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We Can Work It Out
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We Can Work It Out
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In My Life
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In My Life
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From Me To You
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From Me To You
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I Want To Tell You
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I Want To Tell You
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She Loves You
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She Loves You
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All My Loving
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All My Loving
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Strawberry Fields Forever
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Strawberry Fields Forever
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Yesterday
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Yesterday
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Here, There and Everywhere
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Here, There and Everywhere
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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Paperback Writer
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Paperback Writer
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Get Back
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Get Back
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Here Comes The Sun
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Here Comes The Sun
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You're Going to Lose That Girl
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You're Going to Lose That Girl
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Let It Be
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Let It Be
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Come Together
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Come Together
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Day Tripper
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Day Tripper
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Birthday
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Birthday
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Your Mother Should Know
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Your Mother Should Know
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Help!
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Help!
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Twist and Shout
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Twist and Shout
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Please Please Me
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Please Please Me
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Penny Lane
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Penny Lane
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I'll Follow The Sun
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I'll Follow The Sun
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When I'm Sixty-Four
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When I'm Sixty-Four
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Blackbird
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Blackbird
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I Feel Fine
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I Feel Fine
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Hey Jude
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Hey Jude
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Something
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Something
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Taxman (2009 Stereo Remaster)
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Taxman (2009 Stereo Remaster)
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Eleanor Rigby
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Eleanor Rigby
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The Long and Winding Road
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The Long and Winding Road
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Yellow submarine
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Yellow submarine
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Good Day Sunshine
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Good Day Sunshine
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Magical Mystery Tour
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Magical Mystery Tour
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