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The Beatles

On 10 April 1970, Paul McCartney announced the end of the band known as the Beatles. The the band officially split on 31 December 1970.

Who were the Beatles?

The Beatles, or the Fab Four, were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. They were one of the most famous rock groups of all time.

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Paul McCartney
(Sir James Paul McCartney)
singer, bassist, composer, pianist
Born: 18th June 1942
Ringo Starr
(Richard Starkey)
drummer
Born: 7th July 1940
George Harrison
guitarist
Born: 25th February 1943
Died: 2001
John Lennon
singer, guitarist, songwriter
Born: 9th October 1940
Died: 12/8/1980

Musicians John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together in the late 1950s as 'The Quarrymen'. With Harrison they formed 'The Silver Beatles' in 1959 and then in 1962, Ringo Starr joined the trio and thy dropped the Silver to be know as the Beatles.

Why are the Beatles so famous?

They were the first British band to write their own songs and music.

They are the only group in recording history to have 20 songs reach number one.

How many songs did the Beatles record?

The Beatles recorded 214 songs from 1962 to 1970. Their first UK single was 'Love Me Do', released on 5 October 1962.

The 1964 song 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' sparked “Beatlemania” in the United States and the band became an international success.

image: Abbey RoadOther songs included:

  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Help!
  • Yesterday
  • Hey Jude
  • A Little
  • Help From My Friends
  • Paperback Writer
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The group's albums include 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964), 'Revolver' (1966) and 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967). The Beatles last album recorded was 'Abbey Road' (pictured right).

The Beatles also starred in five films

  • A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    About the hysteria of Beatlemania
  • Help! (1965)
    Ringo inherits a magic ring which an evil group wants to steal
  • Magical Mystery Tour,
    A bus ride through the countryside
  • Yellow Submarine
    An animated fantasy set in Pepperland which the Beatles have to protect from the Blue Meanies who want to take it over
  • Let It Be
    A documentary of the Beatles rehearsing and playing live.

 

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