Was replaced by John Lennon

The story of the Beatles

Hardly any other band has influenced the music as much as the Beatles. What they played became the most successful style of the time from that moment.

The Beatles were founded in 1960 by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, who quit the same year. In 1961 they met their manager Brian Epstein and in 1962 they got their first record deal from George Martin. After her early days in Hamburg, Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Star, actually Richard Starkey, in 1962.

On October 5th of the same year they released their first single "Love Me Do". "Please Please Me", their second single, unexpectedly made it to number two on the English Hitchart list, after which the Beatles were immediately sent to Abbey Road Studios to record their debut album "Please Please Me". The third single "From Me To You" was released in April 1963. The record reached the top of the British charts a little later with 650,000 CDs sold and marked the beginning of a winning streak for the Beatles: By February 1967, the Beatles reached the with all their singles first place in the UK charts. For example, "She Loves You" became the UK's best-selling single to date, with 1.6 million records sold.

The "Beatlesmania" had so advanced in the fall of 1963 that nothing could stop it. The demand for new records was so great that they quickly released their album "With the Beatles" and also their single "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

The Beatles had vowed not to set foot on the American continent until one of their singles took first place in the United States. With "I Want To Hold Your Hand" this condition was created, and in 1964 they traveled to America for their first tour.

The event that is widely regarded as the beginning of "Beatlesmania" was the Ed Sullivan Show, in which the band set an audience record of around 16 million television viewers at the time. Some other records will probably never be topped: at times the first five singles in the US charts were five Beatles productions: "Can" t Buy Me Love "," Twist and Shout "," She Loves You "," I Want To Hold Your Hand "and" Please Please Me ". And another extraordinary record: 14 Beatles singles were in the top 100 US charts. At times 60% of all singles sales were from the Beatles.



The Beatles also produced the film "A Hard Day" s Night "with the corresponding number one single and the album, the predecessor of" Beatles For Sale. "After a world tour, the Beatles released" Help! "And" Yesterday ", the most covered song in pop history, the Beatles were awarded the MBE medal.

On December 3, 1965, the Beatles released the double A-side single "We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper" and the album "Rubber Soul". The pieces on the LP show the first signs of a new style of music. After this record, they should only go on a few tours together.

In 1966 the single "Paperback Writer" hit stores. Then the final leap in the new direction was achieved with the LP "Revolver". If "For No One", "Eleanor Rigby", "I'm Only Sleeping" and "She Said She Said" were brave, "Tomorrow Never Knows" was foolhardy. In February 1967 the double A-side single " Strawberry Fields Forever "/" Penny Lane ", both pieces of music describe places from the composer's personal past.

For the first time since 1963, the record did not reach number one in the British charts, but "only" reached number two, as each single was rated for itself. This was followed by "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band", which was dubbed by many as the best album. In 1967 the Beatles composed "All You Need Is Love" for a television show that reached an audience of 400 million people.

After the suicide of their manager Brian Epstein, the Beatles released the album "Magical Mystery Tour". As a consequence, the Beatles founded their own record company Apple. In 1967 John Lennon met the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The couple's togetherness ultimately also had a counterproductive effect on Lennon's cooperation with the other Beatles, as Yoko Ono always wanted to be in the studio; the other band members found this disturbing.

In 1968 the Beatles started their new double LP "The Beatles", better known under the name "White Album". Most of the songs published in it were written in India when the group was taking a self-discovery course. With the appearance of "Hey Jude" in August 1968 on the Apple label, the group achieved worldwide success.

On January 2, 1969, the Beatles began shooting their film "Get Back", which received the title of the same name with the release of the single "Let It Be". According to Paul McCartney's idea, the group should be filmed as they work on the new album. In April 1969 the single "Get Back" came out. "The Ballad of John and Yoko", which was written by John during bed-in, was released on May 29th. Then the band worked on their new album "Abbey Road", which was released before the album "Let It Be".

It was very ironic that one of their last tracks was called "The End". After that, the Beatles parted ways until John Lennon's death. In 1994 the remaining three band members met again to record four of John's unreleased songs that had been sung by himself. "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" were also released, the remaining two recordings were discontinued due to discrepancies.

So ended the story of what is probably the greatest pop band of all time.