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Story of the Beatles

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In the 60s, they conquer the music world and were soon one of the most successful bands ever.

Today you will know everything important about the Beatles and how they became one of the most popular bands of all time.

Hardly any band has influenced the music as much as the Beatles. What they played became, from that moment, the most successful style of the time.

The Beatles were founded in 1960 by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, who quit the same year. In 1961 they met their manager Brian Epstein and in 1962 they got their first recording contract from George Martin. After her early days in Hamburg in 1962 Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Star, actually Richard Starkey.

On the 5th of October of the same year, they released their first single “Love Me Do“.

Please Please Me“, their second single, unexpectedly took second place in the English Hitcharts and the Beatles were immediately sent to Abbey Road Studios to record their debut album “Please Please Me”.

The third single “From Me To You” was released in April 1963. The album reached the top of the British charts a little later with 650,000 CDs sold and represented the beginning of a winning streak of the Beatles.

By February 1967, the Beatles reached with all their singles the first place in the British charts. “She Loves You“, for example, was the bestselling single from the British Kingdom to date with 1.6 million records sold.

The “Beatlesmania” had progressed so far in the autumn of 1963, that nothing could stop her. The need for new records was so great that they quickly released their album “With the Beatles” as well as their single “I Want to Hold Your Hand.

The Beatles had sworn to enter the American continent only when one of their singles.

The event, which is generally regarded as the beginning of the “Beatlesmania”, was the Ed Sullivan show, in which the band with about 16 million television viewers set a record attendance at that time.

Some more records will probably never be topped: at times the first five singles on the US charts were five Beatles productions: “Can not Buy Me Love“, “Twist and Shout“, “She Loves You“, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.

And another extraordinary record: 14 Beatles singles were in the top 100 US charts, with 60% of them temporarily

In addition, the Beatles produced the movie “A Hard Day’s Night” with the accompanying number-one single and the album, the predecessor of “Beatles For Sale.” After a world tour, the Beatles brought “Help!” and “Yesterday” the most covered song in pop history, The Beatles was awarded the MBE medal.

On December 3, 1965, the Beatles released the double A-side single “We Can Work It Out” / “Day Tripper” and the album “Rubber Soul“. The LP tracks reveal the first signs of a new style of music.

In 1966, the single “Paperback Writer” came into the shops. Then with the LP “Revolver” the final jump in the new direction. When “For No One,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Only Sleeping,” and “She Said She Said,” were brave, “Tomorrow Never Knows” was foolhardy, and in February 1967, the double-a-side single ” Strawberry Fields Forever “/” Penny Lane “, both pieces of music describe places from the composer’s personal past.

For the first time since 1963, the record did not reach the number one on the British charts, but “only” came in second, since each single was scored for themselves. After that, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which was voted the best album by many, appeared. In 1967, The Beatles composed “All You Need Is Love” for a television program that reached 400 million viewers.

After the suicide of their manager Brian Epstein, the Beatles released the album “Magical Mystery Tour“.

As a consequence, the Beatles founded their own record label Apple Records. In 1967 John Lennon met the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The togetherness of the couple also had a counterproductive effect on the cooperation of Lennon with the other Beatles, as Yoko Ono always wanted to be in the studio; The other band members found this disturbing.

In 1968, the Beatles began their new double LP “The Beatles“, which is more commonly known as the “White Album“.

Most of the songs published therein were written in India when the group took part in an advanced Transcendental Meditation in Rishikesh. With the release of “Hey Jude” in August 1968 on the Apple label, the group achieved a worldwide success.

On 2nd January 1969, the Beatles began filming their film “Get Back“, which received the eponymous title with the release of the single “Let It Be“. Following the idea of Paul McCartney, the group was to be filmed while working on the new album. In April 1969, the single “Get Back” came out. As early as May 29, “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” written by John during bed-in, appeared.

Then the band worked on their new album “Abbey Road“, which also appeared before the album “Let It Be“.

It was a great irony that one of her last songs was “The End“. It was the last song recorded collectively by all four Beatles and is the final song of the medley that constitutes the majority of side two of the album.

After that, the ways of the Beatles parted until John Lennon’s death.

In 1994, the remaining three band members met again to record four of John’s unpublished songs sung by himself.

Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” were also released, the two remaining recordings were not pursued due to disagreements.

So ended the story of probably the greatest pop band of all time.

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