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"The Fab Four"
Who were the Beatles?
John Lennon-Guitar, Vocals, Song Writing
Paul McCartney-Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar
George Harrison-Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr-Drums, Vocals, Guitar

*Pete Best-Drums

The Beatles are the most influencial band and most popular band of all time as their music, actions, and appearances broke the typcials of the time, which in turn lead to a more rebellious future.

“I have never seen anything like it. Nor heard any noise to approximate the ceaseless, frantic, hysterical scream which met the Beatles when they took the stage after what seemed a hundred years of earlier acts. All very good, all marking time, because no one had come for anything other than the Beatles...
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Then the theatre went wild. First aid men and police – men in the stalls, women mainly in the balcony – taut and anxious, patrolled the aisles, one to every three rows.
Many girls fainted. Thirty were gently carried out, protesting in their hysteria, forlorn and wretched in an unrequited love for four lads who might have lived next door.
The stalls were like a nightmare March Fair. No one could remain seated. Clutching each other, hurling jelly babies at the stage, beating their brows, the youth of Britain’s second city surrendered themselves totally.”
Derek Taylor (From his book “Fifty Years Adrift”)

Before the Beatles
On August 12, 1960 the Beatles Officially began. Before playing as the Beatles, the group played as:the%20Quarymen.jpg
The Black Jacks
The Quarry Men
Johnny and the Moondogs
Silver Beetles
Silver Beatles
Best is Fired
August 15, 1962- Pete Best is fired and Ringo hired due to conflicts within the band and the record companies wishes. The record company wanted a more seasoned and talented drummer than Best and the Beatles were upset with him because of his sex appeal and superior looks in comparison to the others.
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The Daily Mirror coins the term Beatlemania on November 2, 1963. This description of the Beatles is still used to describe the widespread popularity of the Beatles at the time. Two weeks later, Clark's Grammar school becomes the first school to suspend a student for having a Beatles inspired haircut. The Beatles were a hit.
’Wherever they went, they brought Beatlemania with them. They couldn’t help it; it was a form of real love. George would say many years later that the world used them as an excuse to go mad and then blamed it on the Beatles, but there is a parallel theory that it was time for the world to go that sort of mad – get down a bit, loosen up, and like Uncle John in Long Tall Sally, have some fun tonight. The crowd scenes are awesome and, in retrospect awful. How did no-one get killed?...
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The Beatles premiered in the United States by playing on the Ed Sullivan Show. This show was watched by a record 73 million person television audience. On February 11 the Beatles played their first live show in the United States. The show was in the Washington Coliseum. The very next day the Beatles played at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Beatles became the first band to play in any baseball stadium within the United States. They played a show in Shea Stadium in New York City. They played for 55,600 people, a record of the time, and grossed $304,000. The Beatles also created five movies.
According to John Lennon in Beatles In Their Own Words "Conquering America was the best thing. You see we wanted to be bigger than Elvis- that was the main thing. At first we wanted to be Goffin and King, then we wanted to be Eddie Cochran, then we wanted to be Buddy Holly, and finally we arrived at wanting to be bigger than the biggest- and that was Elvis. We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None of us would've made it alone, because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George was too quite, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig atleast one of us, and that's how it turned out" (Miles 22).
"More Popular than Jesus"

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were think and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."- John Lennon

John Lennon was quoted saying that the Beatles were "More popular than Jesus" in London's Evening Standard. Lennon later apoligized for saying this, but this outraged some fans. This may have not been far from the truth though, as the Beatles were the most popular band at the time.
The Beginning of the End
On August 23, 1967 Ringo walks out on the band and quits. One month later, he rejoins the group. John Lennon's wife Cynthia files for divorce as John has committed adultery to Yoko Ono.
The End
In September of 1969 John quits the Beatles, but does not publically announce this. On April 10, 1970 Paul publically announces that he has left the good and that they will never work together again. John later critized Paul. In 1975 London High Court officialy declares that the Beatles are finished, along with their company.
The Death of Lennon
On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot to death in New York City by Mark David Chapman. Chapman is sentenced to twenty years in jail.
The Death of Harrison
At 58 years old George Harrison lost his battle to cancer.
Paul's Marital Problems
Paul married former model Heather Mills. Four years later, their marriage ends. Paul is currently remairred.
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All of the following bands were influenced in some way from the Beatles: Radiohead, The Beach Boys, The Police, Crosby Stills and Nash, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Nirvana, Deep Purple, Queen, and many many more. These bands were more rebellious and daring than had been in the past.
More on the Beatles
The Beatles hold the record for alltime record sales by an artist.
In September the video game Rock Band will release a Beatles edition.
The Beatles combined have recieved 31 Grammy Awards spanning from 1964-2007.
From the years 1964-2008 the Beatles have recieved nominations for over seventy awards.
Three Beatle cover songs recieved Grammy Awards. An additional fourteen Beatle cover songs were nominated.
There are millions of Beatles tribute bands out there. Some of these bands will dress and act like the Beatles, others will play like them, but no use the showmanship. Stockwood and American English are two good local Beatle Tribute Bands for the Chicagoland Area.

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"Long Live the Queen, Long Live the Beatles"

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