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The Beatles were an English rock band that originated and formed in Liverpool in 1960. They are known as the most influential band of all time. The band members comprising the Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
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Key Facts & Information
- The root of their music was in skiffle, a music genre with jazz, blues, and American folk influences.
- Skiffle originated as a term in the United States and became extremely popular in the UK in the 1950’s.
- Aside from Skiffle, their music was also influenced by Beat music and British Rock and Roll. Beat music is also called “Merseybeat” after bands from Liverpool and nearby areas beside the River Mersey.
- In March 1957, John Lennon formed a skiffle group at the age of sixteen, with his friends from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool.
- They were first called Blackjacks but changed their name to Quarrymen.
- In July, Paul McCartney joined them as a rhythm guitarist at the age of fifteen.
- McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to watch the band in February 1958.
- Harisson, fifteen, impressively auditioned to Lennon for the band but he thought that Harrison was too young.
- However, Harrison persisted during a second meeting arranged by McCartney.
- Harrison played the lead guitar part of the instrumental song “Raunchy” on the upper deck of a Liverpool bus.
- After that, they accepted him as their lead guitarist.
- In January 1959, Lennon began his studies at the Liverpool College of Art as his friends had left the Quarry Bank and his skiffle group.
- Left only were John, Paul, and George who played as a band called Johnny Moondog, performing rock and roll every time they could get a drummer.
- Lennon’s art school friend, Stuart Sutcliffe, joined the band as a bassist.
- Sutcliffe suggested to change the band name into The Beatles as a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
- In May, they became the Silver Beetles and they went a brief tour as a backing group for pop singer and fellow Liverpool resident, Johnny Gentle.
- By early July, they changed their name again into Silver Beatles, and the next month, shortened it to The Beatles.
- The Beatles resided in Hamburg as it was arranged by their unofficial manager, Allan Williams.
- Lacking a full-time drummer, they auditioned and hired Pete Best in mid-August 1960.
- In 1961, they encountered Brian Epstein, a record-store owner and a music columnist, who became their manager in January 1962.
- In April, Sutcliffe died from a brain hemorrhage.
- The Beatles were rejected by Decca Records but were signed by producer George Martin to EMI’s Parlophone label.
- In 6 June 1962, The Beatles had their first recording session at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London.
- Martin suggested that Best should be replaced by a session drummer due to his poor drumming skills.
- In mid-August, Ringo Starr joined them as he left his band Rory and the Hurricanes.
- The Beatles stopped touring in 1966.
- The following year, 1967, Brian Epstein died.
- In September 1969, Lennon privately informed the band that he was leaving.
- In 1970, each band member had their own artistic vision and began working on their solo projects.
- In April 10, 1970, McCartney announced to the public that he was also leaving the band.
- John Winston Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded The Beatles.
- After leaving the Beatles, John Lennon started a band with Yoko Ono, his second wife, called The Plastic Ono Band. Later on, he pursued a solo career.
- He was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England.
- He was publicly shot in the head on 8 December 1980, New York City, US. He died immediately.
- Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942.
- He was the bass guitarist of the Beatles.
- He is one of the most successful songwriters of all time.
- After the Beatles disbanded, he started another band with his first wife, Linda, called Wings.
- George is sometimes called “The Quiet Beatle.”
- George embraced Indian culture and incorporated Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles’ work.
- He was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.
- He died on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, US.
- Sir Richard Starkey, or Ringo Starr was born on 7 July 1940.
- He is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles.
- For one song on each album, he sang a song with the band, including “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Good Night”, and their cover of “Act Naturally”.
- He also wrote and sang the Beatles’ songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”.
- The Beatles were compared to Picasso by former Rolling Stone Magazine Associate Robert Greenfield.
- The Beatles were praised by the British Poet Philip Larkin, describing them as the first advance in popular music since the War.
The Beatles Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- The Beatles Facts
- From Start to End
- Name The Beatle
- History of The Beatles
- Who’s Who?
- Sixties Symbols
- Lyrics Match
- Tour Poster
- My Favorite Beatle
- Influence Interview
- Beatles-Inspired Melody
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