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Formed in England, the Beatles are known as one of the most popular bands in history. The Liverpool band was formed in 1960 and went on to be the band, which embraced and embodied what the culture of the time resembled. The Beatles were famous for bringing about a cultural revolution called “Beatlemania”, the band reached its height of fame in the 1960s for its role in the culture and musical endeavors. The band is best known for the band mates including Paul McCartney on bass guitar, Jon Lennon on rhythm guitar, Ringo Starr on drums and George Harrison on lead guitar. All four were responsible for singing on multiple songs. The group started in a mixture of 1950s rock and roll along with skiffle. As the band progressed, they went through psychedelic roc, pop ballads and even incorporated classical music in their compositions.

 

The original lineup of the Beatles included five members, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. All three played guitar and sang vocals while Pete Best played the drums and Stuart Sutcliffe played the bass. According to the Beatles story, Sutcliffe left in 1961, and Best was replaced by Ringo Starr on drums. The original lineup had already made a name for itself playing in the different clubs around Liverpool and Hamburg. This continued for another two years after the band became a four piece band. The Beatles were managed by Brian Epstein, whom many credit for the band becoming a professional act. Creativity initially has been credited to George Martin who produced the Beatles. The first single to gain notoriety for the band was “Love Me Do”, 1962. The Beatles story notes that Beatlemania was fueled by successes and the nickname of “Fab Four” was adopted by the media. International acclaim was showered on the band from as early as 1964. The United States first embraced the band in the same year as the Beatles spearheaded the “British Invasion”. Extensive worldwide touring culminated in a 1966 concert, but this was not the end of the music. Before being disbanded in 1970, influential albums like Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969) were recorded and distributed worldwide. Starr and McCartney remain active in the music scene while Harrison and Lennon have since died. Lennon was killed in 1980 while Harrison died from cancer in 2001.

 

The acclaim for the Beatles band reached pinnacle proportions throughout the career. Even long after the band broke up, they are still held in high regard in the music community. They are known as the band with the best sales of any band or musical act throughout history. The Guinness Book of World Records shows that the Beatles have surpassed one billion worldwide. In the UK alone, the fan charts put the band in the number one slot for more time than any other band in history. In the US alone, the Beatles have sold more than 177 million records which is more than any other artist. Billboard magazine listed them in 2008, as the most successful Hot 100 artists for all-time. By gaining 20 number one hits on the Hot 100, the Beatles holds the record. Other critical acclaim includes 7 Grammies, 15 Ivor Novello awards, as well as Best Original Song Score from the Academy Awards. Time magazine even included the band as a collective in the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

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