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The "boys of Liverpool" or "Fab Four" (Fantastic Four).

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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
Original ABBEY ROAD photo corrected and cleaned with a Beetle car added (31 March 2007)

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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George Harrison visiting the Oval Office in 1974

George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer. He achieved international fame as lead guitarist in The Beatles, and is listed number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Best Guitarists of All Time". Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's breakup, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer.

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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 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)
 In response to the Paul is dead conspiracy theory

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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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