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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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Pete Best in 2006

Pete Best (b. 24 November 1941, in Madras, India) is a British musician, best known as the original drummer for The Beatles.

After moving from India to Liverpool in 1945, Best's mother, Mona Best (1924-1988) started The Casbah Coffee Club in the cellar of the Best's house in Liverpool, which became very popular—the membership list grew to over a thousand—and where The Beatles (then known as The Quarrymen) played some of their first concerts. The club was also known as The Casbah Club, or simply The Casbah. Best played there with his first band, The Black Jacks, and later with The Beatles.

Best joined The Beatles on 12 August 1960, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a season of concerts. He was dismissed from the group two years later, on 16 August 1962 and he was replaced by Ringo Starr, but was never given a full explanation as to the reason why. He later worked as a civil servant for 20 years, before starting The Pete Best Band. Best has been married for over 40 years to Kathy Best; they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Paul McCartney on stage in Prague in 2004
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Paul McCartney on stage in Prague in 2004

 

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  • 8 March: Beatles producer George Martin dies
  • 9 September: The Beatles: Rock Band and The Beatles' remastered albums are released
  • 27 August: Guardian: Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be focus of Fab Four biopic
  • 9 July: NME: Paul McCartney not surprised Michael Jackson didn't leave him Beatles songs
  • 19 March: 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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And I said, "Why not? It's the truth! Why can't I say I'm a Beatles fan?" I used to get criticized for that.
— Buck Owens (1929 – 2006)

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Paul McCartney wrote "Helter Skelter" (which appeared on The White Album) in an attempt to create a sound "as loud and as dirty as possible". It is The Beatles' only metal song, and one of the earliest examples of the genre.

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