Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular music as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock 'n' roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways. The band also explored music styles ranging from folk and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the Beatles revolutionized many aspects of the music industry and were often publicized as leaders of the era's youth and sociocultural movements.Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles evolved from Lennon's previous group, the Quarrymen, and built their reputation by playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before inviting 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 domestic success after they signed with EMI Records and achieved their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed "Beatlemania", the band acquired the nickname "the Fab Four". Epstein, Martin or another member of the band's entourage was sometimes informally referred to as a "fifth Beatle". By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars and had achieved unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. They became a leading force in Britain's cultural resurgence, ushering in the British Invasion of the United States pop market. They soon made their film debut with A Hard Day's Night (1964). A growing desire to refine their studio efforts, coupled with the challenging nature of their concert tours, led to the band's retirement from live performances in 1966. During this time, they produced albums of greater sophistication, including Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). They enjoyed further commercial success with The Beatles (also known as "the White Album", 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). The success of these records heralded the album era, as albums became the dominant form of record use over singles. These records also increased public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos. In 1968, they founded Apple Corps, a multi-armed multimedia corporation that continues to oversee projects related to the band's legacy. After the group's break-up in 1970, all principal former members enjoyed success as solo artists, and some partial reunions have occurred. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain musically active. The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide. They are the most successful act in the history of the US Billboard charts, holding the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart (15), most number-one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (20), and most singles sold in the UK (21.9 million). The band received many accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1970 documentary film Let It Be) and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, 1988, and each principal member was individually inducted between 1994 and 2015. In 2004 and 2011, the group topped Rolling Stone's lists of the greatest artists in history. Time Magazine named them among the 20th century's 100 most important people.


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John Ritter ... John Ritter, a big fan of the Beatles , told the ...
Hal Willner ... day I was born." He saw The Beatles perform at ...
Bob Segarini Has Died ... became intertwined with the Beatles , drugs, and ...
Beatles Deeper Undercover Beatles Deeper Undercover is an expanded and updated ...
Album Reviews: Pussy Cats ... produced the latest album of the Beatles imitator , who ...
Anne Murray ... K.T. Oslin's 80's Ladies The Beatles's White Album   ...
One Last Touch of Nilsson ... He is the something else The Beatles are. He is The ...
Nat Weiss ... Shadow Show to Nat Weiss of the Beatles's management ...
The Gay Architects of Rock ... courted by Apple to join the Beatles new record label ...
Colin Richardson's 1978 Interview with Harry Nilsson ... man. All of a sudden, The Beatles are calling me. Otto ...
Obits ... bizarre, animated version of the Beatles ' Sgt. Pepper ...
Fifty Years Adrift (In An Open-Necked Shirt) ... 650-page autobiography of Beatles publicist Derek ...
The Jim Keltner Fan Club Hour ... Ritter , a huge fan of the Beatles , snuck into the ...
George Harrison ... .  Nat Weiss , of the Beatles's management ...
The Ladders There was talk after the Beatles broke up that there’d be ...
Mina Caputo ... Sigur Ros , Bad Brains , The Beatles , of course, Harry ...
Try, Try, Try ... extremely reminiscent of the Beatles' "All You Need Is ...
Troubadour ... the way I still do now. The Beatles weren't performing ...
Desert Island Discs {Dame Zaha Hadid} ... ("Everybody's Talkin' "), The Beatles , Simply Red , ...
Harry Nilsson on FM Radio ... with Blind Faith , Stones , Beatles , Hendrix , the ...
Dan Reynolds ... Nilsson . He was most of The Beatles' favorite artist. ...
Tony Richland ... Shadow Show came out, The Beatles freaked out. John ...
Blackbird Harry tried to record the Beatles song in 3/4 time, but got ...
A Very Lovely Party ... performances in the US since the Beatles tour in 1966. ...
Nilsson! ... audience, and the fact that the Beatles dubbed him best ...
Harry & Me Available for Pre-Order ... from Bertrand Russell to The Beatles ."   Harry ...
Derek Taylor ... 30th, 1963, Derek covered The Beatles's concert at The ...
Pandemonium Shadow Show ... Pandemonium Shadow Show to the Beatles in 1968. ...
Album Reviews: Harry ... hit, appreciated by the Beatles and other trend-setters ...
Apple The Beatles formed Apple Corps Ltd. in 1968 primarily as ...
The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide This book catalogs the Beatles' work as a group and as solo ...
Beatles Undercover Beatles Undercover by Kristofer Engelhardt is an anthology ...
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy ... my parents playing a lot of Beatles stuff and he ...
Harry & Me ... from Bertrand Russell to The Beatles .   The book's ...
Michelle Branch ... naming Joni Mitchell , The Beatles , Led Zeppelin , and ...
Harryfest 1999 ... , was good buddies with The Beatles and sold a lot of ...
Once There Was a Way ... history novel in which the Beatles choose to stay ...
Duit On Mon Dei ... issues for Apple and the Beatles - so it was a very ...
Harry Nilsson in the Netherlands ... I became a big fan of the Beatles , I bought everything ...
Harry Nilsson at Beatlefest ... Lapidos pitched the idea of a Beatles fan convention to ...
Harryquins ... event they’ve become The Beatles , Ziggy Stardust , ...
Kathy Simmonds ... Harry and Derek Taylor (The Beatles ' press officer and ...
Mal Evans ... manager and good friend of the Beatles and, later, ...
Beatlemania / Volume 2 {CD} [2004] ... included one of two CDs of Beatles songs recorded by ...
Artifacts III [1995] ... of bootleg tracks from The Beatles solo careers. It ...
Ken Sharp Interviews Harry Nilsson (March, 1992) ... Lennon and it could be from a Beatles album." So, ...
A Toot and a Snore ... since the break-up of the Beatles .    The ...
The New Harry Nilsson Web Pages - A Little Touch of Schmilsson on the Net ... listening to the music of the Beatles , the Who , Harry ...

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