Meet The Beatles! John Lennon Paul McCartney 9 October 1940–8 December 1980 18 June 1942–Present Rhythm guitar, vocals; Bass guitar, vocals; occasionally harmonica, occasionally piano, drums, piano, and various others and various others George Harrison Ringo Starr 25 February 1943–29 November 2001 7 July 1940–Present Lead guitar, backing vocals; Drums; occasionally backing occasionally vocals, sitar vocals, vocals Real name Richard Starkey
Albums Please Please Me (Parlophone, 1963) With The Beatles (Parlophone, 1963) A Hard Days Night (Parlophone, 1964) Beatles for Sale (Parlophone, 1964) Help! (Parlophone, 1965) Rubber Soul (Parlophone, 1965) Revolver (Parlophone, 1966) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone, 1967) Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol, 1967) The Beatles (Apple, 1968) Yellow Submarine (Apple, 1969) Abbey Road (Apple, 1969) Let It Be (Apple, 1970)
Films A Hard Days Night Help! 1964 1965 Purportedly a ”day in A religious cult tries the life” of the group to steal Ringos ring Magical Yellow Let It Be Mystery Tour Submarine 1970 1967 1967 The break-up A journey on A cartoon about and the making an enchanted a submarine in of their last tour bus a magical land album
Member History Founded as The Quarrymen in 1957 by John and Paul, with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass Harrison joined the following February Pete Best joined on drums in August 1960, just in time for a trip to Hamburg In April 1962, Sutcliffe died of a brain haemmorhage with his fiancée in Hamburg Best was fired and Ringo joined in June 1962, the day first single ”Love Me Do” was recorded. The band broke up in 1970, following much animosity
Major Events Founded in 1957 ”Love Me Do” released, 1962; bands famous line-up complete First UK #1 single, ”From Me to You” released, 1963 Please Please Me released, 1963 ”She Loves You” becomes best-selling single of all time, 1963 (a record later broken by Paul McCartneys solo song ”Mull of Kintyre”) A Hard Days Night released at the peak of the bands popularity, 1964 Band gives up touring in 1966 to focus on studio work Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, the groups magnum opus, released, 1967
Major Events, contd. Manager Brian Epstein dies in 1967; group away in India Magical Mystery Tour film is a commercial and critical flop Apple Corps is founded to handle the bands affairs, 1968 Release of double album The Beatles marks the groups most experimental work yet, 1968 Let It Be film documents the making of the album of the same name, against a backdrop of animosity within the group, 1968–1969 The band unofficially separates temporarily, but returns to the studio to record Abbey Road The Let It Be album is produced by Phil Spector and released, much to Pauls dismay, in 1970 Paul McCartney officially quits, 1970. The band breaks up.
A Selection of Records Held Most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at once (12, inc. top 5) Most #1 albums in the British albums chart (15) Most #1 hits in the British singles chart (17) Most weeks in the British singles chart (456) Most weeks at #1 in the British singles chart (69) Most weeks at #1 in the British albums chart (174) ...and more Most top 10 hits in the British singles chart (28) Most consecutive weeks at #1 in UK albums chart (51) Most consecutive #1 hits in the UK singles chart (11) Most complete ever domination of the British charts Most weeks at #1 in UK albums chart in a year (40, 1964) Most no. 1 albums in the British albums in a year (3, 1965)
Statistics ”Cant Buy Me Love” far surpassed all previous records by selling 940,225 copies on the day of its US release. They sold more than 25 million records in just the US in 1964 alone. By the time Abbey Road was released in 1969, the group had sold more than 300 million records. To date, The Beatles record sales are over 1.3 billion units worldwide.
Where Are They Now? John Lennon was shot five times in the back by Mark David Chapman outside his New York home on the night of 8 December 1980. He died almost instantly. Chapman is currently incarcerated. George Harrison died of throat and lung cancer in December 2001. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still performing, and both have tours planned in the near future.