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The Beatles to this day are one of the most famous and

popular rock 'n roll groups in the world. The Beatles

include George Harrison, John Lennon(1940-1980), Paul

McCartney, and Richard Starkey(Ringo Starr). All of the

Beatles where born and raised in Liverpool, England. John

Lennon was considered the leader of the band. George

Harrison was the lead guitarist. John Lennon was a song

writer, one of the two lead singers, and rhythm guitarist.

Paul McCartney was a song writer, one of the two lead

singers, and a bassist. Ringo Starr played the drums.

John Lennon's first band was called the Quarrymen (named

after his High School). None of the three Beatles were in

this band. Paul joined the group in 1957 and Harrison

joined in 1958. They played with bass guitarist Sut

Sutcliffe, and Pete Best, a drummer. Sutcliffe left in 1961

and Ringo Starr joined the band. Pete Best was asked to

leave the band on April 16, 1962. He was considered the

Beatles undisputed sex symbol. The Beatles were discovered

on November 9, 1961 by Brian Epstein, a manager of a record

store in Liverpool as well as an x British Army soldier.

The Beatles first two song were "Love Me Do" and

"Please, Please Me." The Beatles starred in two movies, "A

Hard Days Night," and "Help." They also had their own full

length cartoon called "Yellow Submarine." The movie "A Hard

Days Night" earned 1.3 million dollars in its first week.

The Beatles early music was influenced by singers Chuck

Berry and Elvis Presley.

In November of 1963 the Beatles performed in front of

the Queen of England. This was an incredible honor. By the

end of 1963 the Beatles were the biggest music group in

England. The Beatles came to New York City for the first

time in 1964. They were an instant success. A couple of

weeks later after their New York appearance, the five best

selling records were by the Beatles. They became world

famous by the end of 1964. Also in 1964 the song "I Want To

Hold Your Hand" marked the beginning of "BEATLEMANIA."



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