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The Beatles (formed 1960 - 1969)
The Beatles are one of the most famous and successful bands in the history of pop music and have sold well over one billion records across the globe.
Formation: John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 when he was playing in a skiffle group named The Quarrymen. He invited McCartney to join the group and later, George Harrison also joined. Stuart Sutcliffe then joined on bass. The band had a number of gigs lined up in Germany, but had no drummer. Eventually, Pete Best was invited to drum for the band. Upon their return to Liverpool in 1961, Brian Epstein saw the band for the first time, at the now-infamous Cavern Club in Liverpool. The band auditioned for Decca (The Rolling Stones' label) but failed the audition. Epstein took it upon himself to fire Pete Best from the band and they hired Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr). The band's debut single, 'Love Me Do' was released in June 1962. It reached number 17 in the UK singles cart.
Career: The Beatles' second single, 'Please Please Me' was released in November 1962 and went to number two in the UK charts. Their debut album, also entitled Please Please Me was recorded just a few months later. Even before the end of the year, the phrase 'Beatlemania' had been coined by the media, to describe the public frenzy surrounding the band. In the US, CBS aired a five minute film about the phenomenon of Beatlemania. It was scheduled for a repeat airing on the 22nd of November 1963, but following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the show was cancelled. When The Beatles finally travelled to the USA, in 1964, accompanied by Phil Spector and a number of journalists, they were greeted at the airport by 3,000 fans. In 1964, the band released their second LP, Introducing. The Beatles. When they undertook the promotional tour, Ringo Starr contracted tonsillitis and was briefly replaced by session drummer Jimmy Nicol. Later that year, The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night was released, followed by their fourth studio album, Beatles For Sale. The Beatles were awarded an MBE in June 1965, after receiving a nomination from the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The following month, The Beatles released the album Help! Along with an accompanying film of the same name. In July, they played to an audience of 55,600 at the Shea Stadium in New York - the first major stadium music concert in modern history. The band met Elvis Presley in Bel Air that month and had a jam session, though sadly, it was not recorded. The Beatles' sixth album, Rubber Soul was considered a step forward in the maturity and progression of the band's sound. When they toured in the Philippines, Brian Epstein insulted the nation's first lady, Imelda Marcos, by refusing an official invitation. On returning to the UK, they were greeted by further controversy, thanks to John Lennon's earlier comments that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." Copies of The Beatles' next album, Yesterday and Today with the original artwork fetch thousands of pounds in auctions today. The Beatles' next two albums, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band were both hugely successful and used new recording techniques such as sampling and tape looping. The Beatles' next film, Magical Mystery Tour received something of a backlash from the UK press. In 1968, The Beatles announced the formation of their own label, Apple Corps. Later that year, they released The White Album, which featured the tracks 'Dear Prudence' and 'Back in the USSR'. In January 1969, The Beatles performed their infamous rooftop gig on top of the Apple Building in Savile Row, London. The performance was filmed for their film Let It Be. In 1969, the band released Abbey Road, named after Abbey Road Studios, where they recorded much of their output. In 1970, the tapes for what would become the Let It Be album were given to Phil Spector, an American producer famed for his 'Wall Of Sound' production style. Despite Paul McCartney publicly denouncing Spector's production technique and despite the public break up of the band in April of that year, Spector's version of the album was released in May 1970. Following the break up of the band, several members of the band went on to release solo albums, including Paul McCartney's McCartney and Ringo Starr's Ringo. The Capitol record label made a number of hasty releases, including The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, in an attempt to cash in on the band's demise and loss of creative control over the label's Beatles material. On 8th December 1980, John Lennon was shot dead in New York City by Mark David Chapman. Lennon was married to Yoko Ono at the time of his death. The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison and Ringo Starr collected the award, along with Yoko Ono and Lennon's two sons, Julian and Sean Lennon. Paul McCartney refused to attend the ceremony. In 1994, once McCartney had resolved many of his issues with the remaining surviving Beatles, he got together with Harrison and Starr to compile The Beatles Anthology, which was released in February 1994. The song 'Free As A Bird' was released as a single to promote the collection. On 29th November 2001, George Harrison died of lung cancer. McCartney announced in November 2008 that he wishes to release an experimental recording made by The Beatles. In order to release the track, entitled 'Carnival Of Light', he will need to gain permission from Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, George's wife, as well as Ringo Starr. In April 2009, it was announced that all of The Beatles' original 13 UK studio albums would be released in newly remastered versions, named Past Masters, Volume One and Past Masters: Volume Two. The Mojo journalist Mat Snow was given the privilege of listening to the remastered version of The White Album and claimed that the new recordings were "better even than we'd hoped." It has been reported that Bob Dylan introduced The Beatles to cannabis in 1964, when the band were visiting New York. The next year, John Riley - an acquaintance of the band - introduced John Lennon and George Harrison to LSD. In 1967, The Beatles joined Graham Greene and R.D. Laing in signing an advert in The Times calling for the legalization of cannabis. In October, 1985, Michael Jackson finalised a deal in which he bought the Beatles' entire music catalogue for 47.5 million USD (106 million in 2013 USD). This was due to a contract McCartney and Lennon signed when the Beatles were founded, meaning that the rights to the songs did not belong to the song's creators. Between 2018 and 2026, the rights for each song will return to McCartney, as all song rights return to the creator after 56 years, due to a copyrights act from 1976.
The band made their world views well-known during their reign.
The world's most successful pop group The Beatles is re-visited in Ron Howard's comprehensive documentary 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week', released today. They were a band that had a massive impact on the pop culture in the 60s, but also on the political views of the world, in particular - it has emerged - racial segregation.
The Beatles refused to play a segregated concert in Florida
There's no denying the effect the Beatles had on the music industry in the 60s, and indeed the impact they had on the cultural enjoyment of music. With that popularity came responsibility, and they used that put across their libertarian views as often as possible. The Beatles left a mark on the world with their social and political opinions, and even lent a hand to the breaking down of racial segregation in the American south.
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A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.
All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.
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Ringo and Paul explain in the new documentary 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years'.
It's been more than 50 years since The Beatles took the world by storm, and the phenomenon that was their day-to-day lives is to be explored in yet another exhaustive documentary called 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years', featuring fascinating archival footage and some new interviews.
Re-discover The Beatles in 'Eight Days A Week'
The surviving two members of this influential pop band, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, invited director Ron Howard into their past to talk about the insanity that was Beatlemania, their democracy as a group and just how they managed to create sounds that no-one ever heard before.
In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen.
Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too.
Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.
Not broadcast in its entirety since 1967, a full restoration will be played in select cinemas to support Ron Howard's 'Eight Days a Week' touring documentary about the band in September.
With Ron Howard’s documentary movie Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years hitting cinemas in a couple of months’ time, it has been announced that a specially restored film The Beatles’ iconic concert performance at Shea Stadium in 1965 will receive a limited theatrical run at the same time.
On Thursday (July 28th), it was revealed that a fully-restored 4K version of the show that the Fab Four played at New York’s Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 will be released in certain cinemas to support the roll-out of Howard’s documentary, which will premiere on September 16th.
Counting his chart-toppers with The Beatles and Wings, McCartney has had 22 Number One albums in the UK, more than any other artist.
The announcement comes on the 60th anniversary of the first ever nationwide Albums Chart to be published in the UK. The 74 year old, who has recently released a career-spanning record of his material with Wings and by himself, becomes the latest recipient of an Official Chart Record Breaker Award.
Sir Paul McCartney is the most successful albums act in UK chart history
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The 73 year old is trying to get control of his share of The Beatles' catalogue's US publishing rights, after the Michael Jackson estate sold its rights back to Sony/ATV Music.
Sir Paul McCartney has launched a bid to regain control of his share of The Beatles’ catalogue’s US publishing rights from Sony / ATV Music Publishing. Although he co-wrote the majority of the legendary band’s hits, McCartney has never actually controlled the publishing.
The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows living artists to apply to regain control of publishing rights 56 years after the material is first published. This means that the earliest songs in The Beatles’ catalogue become available in 2018.
According to Billboard, the 73 year old singer filed papers on 15th December 2015 with the US Copyright Office, requesting a termination notice for 32 songs. Most of these date from 1962-1964, though a handful date from much later, such as ‘Come Together’ which won’t be available until 2025.
The record was given to George Martin in an effort to secure Fab Four a recording contract in 1962.
An extremely rare Beatles record that was found gathering dust in a loft is to be auctioned next month, and is expected fetch at least $10,000.
The 10-inch record of ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘Hello Little Girl’ is described as a “Holy Grail item” by Beatles collectors, and bears the handwriting of the Fab Four’s manager Brian Epstein. It was cut before the band broke through to the national charts in late 1962, and the predicted price is only a conservative estimate since the record is so rare.
It was discovered in the home of Les Maguire, who used to be the keyboardist in The Beatles’ early Liverpool rivals Gerry & The Pacemakers, where it was left in the attic for decades.
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The Fab Four are still worth £82 million to Liverpool's economy every year, with new research predicting that will increase in the future.
New research suggests that The Beatles are worth roughly £82 million per year to the economy of Liverpool.
The band’s legacy and the tourism interest generated also sustains an estimated 2,335 jobs in the city, according to research published on Monday (February 8th) that was commissioned by Liverpool City Council and conducted by the city’s two universities (Liverpool and John Moores).
Despite the fact that the Fab Four broke up 46 years ago and only Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are alive, the report also suggests that the Beatles-related economy is growing by up to 15% every year, as the band’s material is becoming increasingly popular in places like Brazil and China alongside long-established fanbases in Europe and the States.
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The video for The Beatles track Penny Lane has been restored to former glory. The track was actually released as part of a double A-Side for the single along with the song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and features on their classic album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' originally released in 1967 through Parlophone Records.
The Beatles - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
The Beatles and Corn Maze - Beatles Tribute in Midst of Richardson Adventure Farm's Corn Fields. The corn maze was created in the iconic image of the world's most famous band, The Beatles. The Spring Grove farm is unveiling its tribute to the Beatles first album release 50 years ago with its 28-acre corn maze etched with the images of Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr along with guitars, drums and an LP record and musical score - Spring Grove, IL, United States - Friday 2nd August 2013
Billy Joel and Beatles Thursday 7th February 2008 Mets press conference for 'The Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy.' Billy Joel will play the last concert at Shea Stadium on the 16th of July 2008. Queens, New York
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