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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
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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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John Lennon rehearsing Give Peace A Chance in 1969

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. With Paul McCartney, Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history". He is ranked the second most successful songwriter in U.K. singles chart history after McCartney.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature, and biting wit, in his music, on film, in books, and at press conferences and interviews. He was controversial through his work as a peace activist and artist. After The Beatles, Lennon enjoyed a successful solo career with such acclaimed albums as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine". After a self-imposed "retirement" from 1976 to 1980, Lennon reemerged with a comeback album, Double Fantasy, but was murdered less than one month after its release. The album would go on to win the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

In 2002, respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon eighth. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lennon number 38 on its list of "The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time" (The Beatles being number one). He was also ranked fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008. He was posthumously inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Ringo Starr in 2007
  • ...that Ringo Starr's (pictured) acceptance into The Beatles prompted fans to chant "Pete forever! Ringo never!" or its reverse, "Ringo forever! Pete never!"?
  • ...that the working lyric for "Yesterday" was "Scrambled eggs/Oh, baby, how I love your legs," and that Paul McCartney was threatened with the removal of a piano by director Richard Lester after he had been playing it over and over during filming for Help!?
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  • 8 March, 2016: Beatles producer George Martin dies
  • 9 September, 2009: The Beatles: Rock Band and The Beatles' remastered albums are released
  • 27 August, 2009: Guardian: Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be focus of Fab Four biopic
  • 9 July, 2009: NME: Paul McCartney not surprised Michael Jackson didn't leave him Beatles songs
  • 19 March, 2009: Click Liverpool: Hey Nude! Beatles Bed In crashed by streaker
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  • September 2: Veteran journalist David Frost dies aged 74

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I don't collect any memorabilia. I wish I'd have kept everything I had. But who knew you had to keep it. Just gave it away. And we lost so much and we didn't look after a lot of it. I believe Paul's got everything he ever had, but I lost a lot of mine.
— Ringo Starr (b. 1940)
 Ringo Rama promotional interview with Jody Denberg

July 2003

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"Here Comes the Sun" was written by George Harrison to express his happiness at being away from the stress Apple Corps was causing, while he was at Eric Clapton's house. Clapton would later have an affair with, and eventually marry, Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd. The song is one of Harrison's most famous compositions during his time with The Beatles, and was released on the band's final studio album, Abbey Road.

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