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The Beatles were a highly successful and popular British rock band from Liverpool, England. They are widely regarded as the most influential rock band in history and are known world-wide. The Beatles continue to be a major influence on music well into the 21st century, having sold over a billion records overall. The Beatles paved the way for new musical styles and influenced cultural revolutions in the 1960s and 1970s. The members of the most famous line-up of The Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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The Beatles, a pop and rock group that formed in Liverpool, England in 1960, were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. During their years of stardom, the band consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon successful solo careers.

The Beatles have sold over one billion records internationally. In the United Kingdom, The Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one, earning more number one albums (15) than any other group in UK chart history. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Beatles have sold more albums in the United States than any other band. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Beatles number one in its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. According to that same magazine, The Beatles' innovative music and cultural impact helped define the 1960s, and their influence on pop culture is still evident today. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of top-selling Hot 100 artists to celebrate the chart's fiftieth anniversary, with The Beatles at #1.

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I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumours of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know.
Paul McCartney (b. 1942)
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John Lennon says that the song "Nowhere Man" was written about himself, and the song was used to describe Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD in the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. It first appeared on the Rubber Soul album in the UK, and on Yesterday and Today in the US.

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Please Please Me - 1963
With The Beatles - 1963
Beatles for Sale - 1964

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Introducing... The Beatles - 1964
Meet The Beatles! - 1964
The Beatles' Second Album - 1964

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Beatlemania! With The Beatles - 1963
Twist and Shout - 1964
The Beatles' Long Tall Sally - 1964

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Something New - 1964
Beatles '65 - 1964
The Early Beatles - 1965
Beatles VI - 1965
Yesterday and Today - 1966
Magical Mystery Tour - 1967

A Hard Day's Night - 1964
Help! - 1965
Rubber Soul - 1965
Revolver - 1966
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 1967
The Beatles (The White Album) - 1968
Yellow Submarine - 1969
Abbey Road - 1969
Let It Be - 1970


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