The Beatles - pictures, songs, facts - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
Most would argue that the group, an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, was regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. I remember their music when I was young and thought their records were a real deal. Most 45s as records were called at the time would have a hit on the 1st side and a B rated song on the back side. Beatle 45s almost always had a hit on both sides and that was because almost every song they wrote was a big hit.
John Lennon's first band was the Quarrymen and at the age of fifteen, McCartney met Lennon and his band, the Quarrymen. The band invited McCartney to join soon afterwards as a rhythm guitarist, and he formed a close working relationship with Lennon. Harrison joined in 1958 as lead guitarist, followed by Lennon's art school friend Stuart Sutcliffe on bass, in 1960. By May 1960 the band had tried several names, including Beatals, Johnny and the Moondogs and the Silver Beetles. They adopted the name the Beatles in August 1960 and recruited drummer Pete Best shortly before a five-engagement residency in Hamburg.
The Beatles are widely know with Lead singers John Lennon guitar (1960 – 1969), Paul McCartney bassist (1960 – 1970), Ringo Starr drums (1962 – 1970), George Harrison lead guitar. Although Pete Best played drums 1960-62 and Stuart Sutcliffe played Bass 1960 – 61 and often refered to as the 5th Beatle
Albums - 1960s
- 1963 Please Please Me, With the Beatles
- 1964 Twist amd Shout, A Hard Dy's Night, Beatles foe Sale, The Beatles First, Meet the Beatles
- 1965 Los Beatles, Help, Rubber Soul
- 1966 Revolver, Yesterday and Today
- 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Majical Mystery Tour
- 1968 The White Album, Past Masters
- 1969Abbey Road, Yellow Submarine
- 1970 Hey Jude. Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album
John Lennon; 9th October 1940 to 8th December 1980
His first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Bandand Imagine. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him.
Lennon emerged from a short retirement in October 1980 with the single "(Just Like) Starting Over". I remember that song well as it was one I played in a Band I was in called “The Mystics”. A month later he released the album Double Fantasy.
Late on 8th December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman. His wife Ono scattered his ashes in New York's Central Park, where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life.As of 2015, he remains in prison, having been denied parole eight times.
As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer, or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart http://www.johnlennon.com/
Sir James Paul McCartney - born 18 June 1942 in Liverpool England.
After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. His first solo release, McCartney was a US number-one album.
In March 1973, Wings achieved their first US number-one single, "My Love", included on their second LP, Red Rose Speedway, a US number one and UK top five. Paul's collaboration with Linda and former Beatles producer Martin resulted in the song "Live and Let Die", which was the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name. Wings followed with Band on the Run and the chart-topping albums Venus and Mars
In 1982 McCartney collaborated with Stevie Wonder on the Martin-produced number-one hit "Ebony and Ivory", included on McCartney's Tug of War LP, and with Michael Jackson on "The Girl Is Mine" from the Thriller album
And still going strong n July 2011, McCartney played two sold-out concerts at the new Yankee Stadium. As of 2013, McCartney remains one of the world's top draws. He played to over 100,000 people total during two performances in Mexico City in May, the shows grossing nearly $6 million. In January 2015, McCartney collaborated with Kanye West and Barbadian singer Rihanna on the single "FourFiveSeconds". On 15 February 2015, McCartney appeared and performed with Paul Simon for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.
McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other copyrighted song in history. McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney was knighted for his services to music.
George Harrison born 25 February 1943 in Liverpool, England
He died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges andYamuna rivers in India, in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He left an estate of almost £100 million.
Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the band's primary songwriters, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something", the last of which became the Beatles' second-most-covered song.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps featured guitar legend Eric Clapton
Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer, and in 1988 co-founded the platinum-selling supergroup theTraveling Wilburys. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
The Traveling Wilburys were amazing although unfortunately short lived. It was another group where I played a couple of their tunes in a band I was in. Wilburys consistred of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums in 1988 and 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded.
The one hit 'End of the Line' was after Orbison passed and that is his guitar in the Rocking Chair in the Video
For their 1st recording session, Harrison had left his guitar at Petty's house and Harrison went to get it and invited Petty to join the session else Petty would have never been a Wilbury. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. was recorded over a ten-day period in May 1988, and released in October. The album was a huge success, with serveral successful singles and eventually reaching triple-platinum sales status in the U.S. The album was nominated for several awards and won theGrammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group in 1989.
Richard Starkey, (Ringo Starr) was born 7 July 1940 in Liverpool England
He gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine"
After the band's break-upin 1970, he released several successful singles including the US number four hit "It Don't Come Easy", and number ones "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen". In 1972, he released his most successful UK single, "Back Off Boogaloo", which peaked at number two.
In 2011,Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time.