The Beatles

The Beatles, nicknamed "the Fab Four", started in Liverpool in the 1960’s, originally as a skiffle group Lennon that formed called the Quarrymen. Paul McCartney and his school-friend George Harrison joined along with bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best on drums, who was later replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962. The band initially built their reputation in Liverpool’s Cavern Club and honed their craft in the nightclubs of Hamburg playing often eight hours a night.

Paul once said

People forget we were a really tight Rock & Roll band

Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein became their manager. He curated their image (suits and mop-top haircuts) and was a superb marketer, paying fans to scream when the band played, something that caught on and became hysteria known as Beatlemania.

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Timeline of Career Highlights

1962 Signed a record deal with Parlophone and Released their first album “Please, Please me” and single "Love Me Do," which peaked at number 17 on the UK charts.

1963 Achieved UK success with the single "Please Please Me" and their debut album of the same name.

1964 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" topped US charts, leading to their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," sparking Beatlemania in America.

1963–66 they released six albums, some they recorded in a matter of days, including in 1965 the groundbreaking album "Rubber Soul," showcasing a significant evolution in their music. Then they went quiet…

1966 John Lennon's controversial statement that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" sparked backlash in the US.

1967 They said the Beatles were finished because they hadn’t released anything for a year, but they were using the time wisely to innovate production and recording techniques. They changed the course of music when they dropped "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Around this time they embraced Indian music and mysticism and became disciples of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1968 Released the double sided "White Album," noted for its diverse range of styles.

1969 Released "Abbey Road," featuring iconic tracks like "Come Together" and "Here Comes the Sun."

1970 The band officially disbanded following the release of "Let It Be".

1980 John Lennon died, shot by a lowlife outside his home in New York.

1995 They would never reunite, though the remaining members finished two Lennon songs and released them as Beatles songs.

2021 George Harrison dies.

2016 George Martin, their producer often referred to as the 5th Beatle, dies.

2023 Paul and Ringo used another John Lennon demo and released as a Beatles track. Paul sang along with a virtual big screen Lennon when he headlined Glastonbury – something that brought a tear to my eye.

Despite having pops at each other in their lyrics (Silly Love Songs) Paul always said after John Lennon died…

John and I have been best friends since we were at school - and always will be

Grammy Awards

The Beatles won multiple Grammy Awards, including

1964 Best New Artist.

1967 Album of the Year for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014.

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Legacy and Influence

The Beatles are the most influential band in the history of popular music.

For those of us who weren't there, you cannot imagine their impact. Young people, for the first time, had their own culture. It was like the world turned from B&W to color.

The statistics are impressive, the Beatles have sold more records than any other musical artist in history, one billion albums sold worldwide. "Yesterday" alone has been covered more than 3,000 times. They also hold the record for most #1 singles in the U.S. with twenty.

The statistics don’t tell the whole story. Their songs continue to be discovered by new generations. People will be listening to the Beatles in 100 years time.

The Beatles Albums

See also The Beatles singles and albums timeline

Songs: I want to hold your hand, Helter Skelter, Get Back

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