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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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Paul McCartney performing at the 2007 BBC Electric Proms

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942), formerly of The Beatles and Wings, is the most successful musician and composer in the history of popular music. McCartney is a multiple Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter, poet, composer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur, record producer, film producer, painter, and animal rights and peace activist. He gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. McCartney and Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and wrote some of the most popular songs in the history of rock music. After leaving The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda Eastman McCartney, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine. He has worked on film scores and classical and electronic music, released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist, and taken part in projects to help international charities.

McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with 60 gold discs and sales of 100 million singles. His song "Yesterday" is listed as the most covered song in history—by over 3,700 artists so far—and has been played more than 7,000,000 times on American television and radio. Wings' 1977 single "Mull of Kintyre" became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the UK, and remains the UK's top selling non-charity single.

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The Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, a memorial to John Lennon
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The Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, a memorial to John Lennon

 

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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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For our last number, I'd like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you just rattle your jewellery.
— John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
Royal Variety Performance
4 November 1963

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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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