The Beatles

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John Lennon

John Lennon was born on the 9th of October, 1940, in Liverpool (England).
He is considered to be the founder, as his first band, The Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles.
He played rhythm guitar and vocals in the band, and wrote most of their songs with Paul McCartney.
When the band began to break up, he did solo work, selling 14 million records in the US. One of his most famous solo piece is 'Imagine"
John Lennon was murdered on the 8th of December, 1980, outside the apartment block where his home was. He was shot in the back 4 times, and was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.
He was only 40 years old

Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney was born on the 18th of June, 1942, in Liverpool (England)
He played Bass guitar and vocals in the band, and was the main songwriter with John Lennon
He is considered to be the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history" in the Guinness Book of World Records, selling 100 million singles in the UK
He met John Lennon and helped the Quarrymen, and wrote songs for them.
Paul still lives, and is 69 years old

Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)

Ringo Starr was born on the 7th of July, 1940, in Liverpool (England)
He was the drummer of the Beatles, and also vocals in some songs such as 'Yellow Submarine"
He thought he was a bad drummer when he heard others, as he thought wasnt very good at really advanced playing.
He quit the Beatles for 2 weeks, as he was annoyed at the tension and boredom of the group. The others urged him to return, and he did.
After the break-up of the band, he also did some solo work.
He is still alive, currently 71 years old
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

George Harrison

George Harrsion was born of the 25th of February, 1943, in Liverpool (England)
He was known as the quiet Beatle.
He was the lead guitarist of the Beatles, and the Beatles also played some of his songs.
He introduced Hinduism into western society, and created awareness of the Hare Krishna movement.
John Lennon thought that George was too young to join the group, but was accepted into the band at the age of 15
George also quite the band for 12 days,but returned after negotiations
He was diagnosed with throat cancer, and underwent radiotherapy.
He died on the 29th of November, 2001, of lung cancer that he got from heavy smoking. He was 58 years of age.

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The Beatles are one of the most well known bands and are the best selling band in history. They were an English rock band, who were active during the 1960s. The band formed from John Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen.
Paul McCartney joined the group as a guitarist, who then invited George Harrison. George joined the group as the lead guitarist. The played whenever they could find a drummer, and played together for the next 2 years.
When they had their first recording session, it was suggest to the Beatles that they use another drummer, and Ringo Starr joined them.

In 1963, the Beatles reached number 2 on UK single charts, and they released a new album called Please Please Me. The album reached number 1 on the British chart, and held that position for 30 week, until it was replaced by With The Beatles, which topped the chart for 22 weeks. They then toured the UK 3 times. By this time, they were extremely popular within the UK.

Initially, it was hard for the Beatles to release themselves into the United States, as the record company would not release their albums into the US. But once they finally started to release albums, the Beatles took off in America. They went to the US in February, 1964. There they appeared on a popular American TV show, and it was estimated that 75 million people watched it (40% of the entire US population at the time)
They had their first US concert, which was extremely successful. This marked the beginning of the "British Invasion", when many UK bands made their way to the US to become famous.

The Beatles began an international tour in June, and performed at 32 concerts. The loudspeaker they were supplied with could not compete with the screaming audience. The Beatles became increasingly bored with their routine.

In 1966, the Beatles released Yesterday and Today, which has a very controversial cover, and caused an uproar.

When the band returned to the US, many religious groups were angry at Lennon's comment that said " We're more popular the Jesus"
After 1 year of travelling around the world, they decided to stop touring. They were also worried about safety after the death of JFK.
They released Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band one month before Paul admitted that he had been using LSD.
The bands manager then died of a drug overdose. The Beatles were lost until Paul took up the job and got them working again. However, after a while they decide to take a break, and head to India for a holiday. They returned with 32 new songs.
After returning, Paul wants to do a movie, but the response from the others is not good. They created a documentary.

By now, the Beatles have grown apart. Ringo Starr and George Harrison fell that they have not been given a good enough go at writing songs for the band. John announces that he has quit the Beatles in September 1969, and is followed by Paul in July 1970.
The others never announced that they had left, until Paul forced them by creating a lawsuit.

That marked the end of the Beatles, and all four split up and continued with their solo careers.