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The Beatles


The Beatles to this day are one of the most famous and 
popular rock 'n roll groups in the world. The Beatles 
include George Harrison, John Lennon(1940-1980), Paul 
McCartney, and Richard Starkey(Ringo Starr). All of the 
Beatles where born and raised in Liverpool, England. John 
Lennon was considered the leader of the band. George 
Harrison was the lead guitarist. John Lennon was a song 
writer, one of the two lead singers, and rhythm guitarist. 
Paul McCartney was a song writer, one of the two lead 
singers, and a bassist. Ringo Starr played the drums.
 John Lennon's first band was called the Quarrymen (named 
after his High School). None of the three Beatles were in 
this band. Paul joined the group in 1957 and Harrison 
joined in 1958. They played with bass guitarist Sut 
Sutcliffe, and Pete Best, a drummer. Sutcliffe left in 1961 
and Ringo Starr joined the band. Pete Best was asked to 
leave the band on April 16, 1962. He was considered the 
Beatles undisputed sex symbol. The Beatles were discovered 
on November 9, 1961 by Brian Epstein, a manager of a record 
store in Liverpool as well as an x British Army soldier.
 The Beatles first two song were "Love Me Do" and 
"Please, Please Me." The Beatles starred in two movies, "A 
Hard Days Night," and "Help." They also had their own full 
length cartoon called "Yellow Submarine." The movie "A Hard 
Days Night" earned 1.3 million dollars in its first week. 
The Beatles early music was influenced by singers Chuck 
Berry and Elvis Presley. 
 In November of 1963 the Beatles performed in front of 
the Queen of England. This was an incredible honor. By the 
end of 1963 the Beatles were the biggest music group in 
England. The Beatles came to New York City for the first 
time in 1964. They were an instant success. A couple of 
weeks later after their New York appearance, the five best 
selling records were by the Beatles. They became world 
famous by the end of 1964. Also in 1964 the song "I Want To 
Hold Your Hand" marked the beginning of "BEATLEMANIA." 
 The Beatles were unusual because most rock was strong 
beat with no melody. The Beatles added melody to rock. The 
Beatles also added strong and meaningful lyrics. John Lennon 
wrote a book called "In His Own Write." The Beatles started 
a new era of music. They wore their hair long and shaggy. 
This haircut was known as the Beatles haircut. All across 
the world people started wearing their hair like the 
 John Lennon described the Beatles like this "When you 
said it, it was crawly things, when you read it, it was beat 
music." The Beatles made their last stage appearance 
together in 1966. In 1967 the Beatles put together a master 
piece. The master piece was Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart 
Club Band. The Beatles never had a chance to perform 
Sergeant Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. Also in 1967 Brian 
Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, died. Also in 1967 the 
Beatles directed a movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The movie 
was about themselves in which they toured the English 
countryside in search of wonder, fun, and magic.
 In 1970 the world famous and world loved Beatles 
separated. Everybody was hoping to see the Beatles come 
back together. That hope ended when the peace loving John 
Lennon was killed outside his New York City apartment by 25 
year old Mark David Chapman.



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