The Beatles

English Band  • John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr • Formed 1956 • Active 1960-1970 • Rock & Pop

Fast Facts

  • *First known as The Quarryman before changing name to The Beatles
  • Best selling music act of all time
  • Main songwriters were Lennon and McCartney
  • Went through several drummers before Ringo Starr 
  • Record for the most #1 albums in the UK and most #1 hits on Billboard Hot 100 Chart
  • Topped Rolling Stones list of greatest artists in history
  • Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Many British bands became popular in the US after the Beatles’ success; this became known in America as the “British Invasion”
  • George Harrison was taught to play the sitar by world renown sitarist, Ravi Shankar

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