The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.
Some Interesting Facts about the phenomenal group:
From 1962, the group consisted of:
John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals),
Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals),
George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals)
Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).
They are the best-selling band in the history of popular music, and four decades after their break-up, their recordings are still in demand.
In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II appointed all four Beatles Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The film, Let It Be (1970) won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
They have received 7 Grammy Awards, and 15 Ivor Novello Awards.
They have also been awarded 6 Diamond albums, as well as 24 Multi-Platinum albums, 39 Platinum albums and 45 Gold albums in the United States, while in the UK they have 4 Multi-Platinum albums, 4 Platinum albums, 8 Gold albums and 1 Silver album.
The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and were ranked number one in 2008, when Billboard magazine released a list of the all-time top-selling Hot 100 artists to celebrate the US singles chart's fiftieth anniversary.
In 2009, the Recording Industry Association of America certified that the group have sold more albums in the US than any other artist.
They have had more number one albums (15), on the UK charts and held down the top spot longer (174 weeks), than any other musical act.They were also collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people.
Each then found success in an independent musical career. Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York City in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.
Original UK LPs
Please Please Me (1963)
With The Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Beatles for Sale (1964)
Rubber Soul (1965)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The Beatles (aka the White Album) (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Abbey Road (1969)
Let It Be (1970)