We're sure you know the members names, but just in case, they were;-
- John Lennon
- Paul McCartney
- George Harrison
- Ringo Starr
But, let's not forget;-
- Pete Best
- Stuart Sutcliffe
We figured it would be good to start with the names as a kind of introduction to the people who went on to become highly celebrated.
Formed out of Liverpool, UK, in 1960.
A large amount of people think of them as the greatest and most influential musical act of the Rock era, whereas others think of them as little more than a Pop based "boy band" who's timing was good, but generally people will mostly agree that they did a lot for popular music.
Their roots were in skiffle, beat and 1950s Rock n Roll, but after a few years, they began to experiment with many different genres, taking in everything from Pop ballads to traditional Indian music to Psychedelic Rock, and Hard Rock, and even the addition of Classical elements in innovative ways.
During the early 1960s, they became so hugely popular, that this public popularity created something st became known as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.
They first found their reputation by constantly playing the clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, their manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and their producer George Martin perfected their musical potential.
The start to the level of popularity that kick started "Beatlemania in the United Kingdom came after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. This gave them the nickname "the Fab Four". Beatlemania carried on growing across the UK over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market.
From 1965 onwards, "the Fab Four" produced material that most will say was their finest, this included the albums;-
- Rubber Soul (1965)
- Revolver (1966)
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
- The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968)
- Abbey Road (1969)
Days after their split
They split up in 1970, and all four embarked on highly successful solo careers.
Lennon was murdered in December 1980, and Harrison passed away from lung cancer in November 2001. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active.
According to the RIAA the Beatles are the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act.
2008, saw the Beatles topping the Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful "Hot 100" artists, as of reports found in 2015, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide.
UK Studio albums list
1) Please Please Me (1963)
2) With the Beatles (1963)
3) A Hard Day's Night (1964)
4) Beatles for Sale (1964)
5) Help! (1965)
6) Rubber Soul (1965)
7) Revolver (1966)
8) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
10) The Beatles "The White Album" (1968)
11) Yellow Submarine (1969)
12) Abbey Road (1969)
13) Let It Be (1970)