The Beatles

Formed March 1957. Disbanded 10 April 1970
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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 widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963 their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", and as the group's music grew in sophistication in subsequent years, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.

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 of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison 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 their popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname "the Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain the next year, and by early 1964 became international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced increasingly innovative recordings, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in...

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Eleanor Rigby
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Eleanor Rigby
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The Ballad Of John and Yoko
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The Ballad Of John and Yoko
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Please Please Me
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Please Please Me
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Help!
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Help!
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I Should Have Known Better
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I Should Have Known Better
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I Feel Fine
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I Feel Fine
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There's A Place
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There's A Place
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Yesterday
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Yesterday
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Helter Skelter
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Helter Skelter
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Taxman
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Taxman
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Lady Madonna
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Lady Madonna
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From Me To You
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From Me To You
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Twist and Shout
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Twist and Shout
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Ticket to ride
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Ticket to ride
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Paperback Writer
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Paperback Writer
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She Loves You
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She Loves You
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All You Need Is Love
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All You Need Is Love
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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All My Loving
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All My Loving
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You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
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You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
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A Hard Day's Night
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A Hard Day's Night
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Penny Lane
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Penny Lane
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And Your Bird Can Sing
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And Your Bird Can Sing
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Across The Universe
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Across The Universe
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Two Of Us
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Two Of Us
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You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
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You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
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Eight Days A Week
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Eight Days A Week
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Hey Jude
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Hey Jude
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Come Together
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Come Together
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Something
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Something
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The Inner Light
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The Inner Light
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I Saw Her Standing There
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I Saw Her Standing There
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P.S. I Love You
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P.S. I Love You
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Day Tripper
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Day Tripper
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I'll Follow The Sun
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I'll Follow The Sun
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Latest The Beatles News

    BBC News - George Harrison's sitar to be auctioned
    The instrument was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.
    BBC News - Ringo Starr: On Lennon, McCartney and getting credit for The Beatles
    Ringo Starr speaks to the BBC's Stephen Smith about who should be getting credit for The Beatles.
    7 heartwarming letters sent from fans to their music heroes
    The need for connection is a two-way street, and none more so than with fans of pop
    BBC News - 'Stolen' Beatles Eleanor Rigby score removed from auction
    A handwritten score for the Beatles' famous song has been taken off sale amid claims it was stolen.
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