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The Beatles

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

The Beatles

Nickname: The Fab Four

The Beatles are the greatest popular group of all-time. Arguably the most successful entertainers of the 20th century, they contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love, peace, help, and imagination evoked creativity and liberation that outperformed the rusty Soviet propaganda and contributed to breaking walls in the minds of millions, thus making impact on human history.

In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and joined his group, The Quarrymen. George Harrison joined them in February of 1958. In 1959 they played regular gigs at a club called The Casbah. They were joined by vocalist Stuart Sutcliffe, and by drummer Peter Best, whose mother owned The Casbah club. Early incarnations of the band included The Quarrymen, Johnny & the Moon Dogs, and The Silver Beetles. John Lennon dreamed up the band's final name, The Beatles, a mix of beat with beetle. In 1960 The Beatles toured in Hamburg, Germany. There they were hired by singer Tony Sheridan as a backing band for his recordings for the German Polydor label. During the year of 1961 they played regular gigs at the Cavern club and were looking for a new manager. By the mutual decision of the Beatles' members, their first manager, named Allan Williams, was replaced.

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1963


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1963


A Hard Day's Night
1964


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1964


The Savage Young Beatles
1964


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1964


Beatles '65
1964


Beatles VI
1965


Help!
1965


Rubber Soul
1965


Yesterday and Today
1966


Revolver
1966


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1967


Magical Mystery Tour
1968


The Beatles (The White Album)
1968


Yellow Submarine
1969


Abbey Road
1969


Let It Be
1970


The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl
1977


Anthology 1
1995


Anthology 2
1996


Number One


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LOVE
2006

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1960: 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri (5/8 scale, hollow-body electric);
1961: 1957 Gretsch 6128 Duo Jet semi-solid mahogany body, black finish, silver pickguard;
1961: Hofner 500/1 3/4 scale "violin" bass;
1962: 1962 Gibson J-160E;
1963: 1962 Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman;
1963: Gretsch 6119 Tennessean (vintage '62 or '63);
1963: Jose Ramirez Guitarra de Estudio acoustic;
1963: 1962 Rickenbacker 425 Fire-glo solidbody;
1963: 1963 Hofner 500/1 bass;
1964: 1964 Rickenbacker 325 Jetglo;
1964: Epiphone Texan FT-79 acoustic;
1964: 1962 Epiphone Casino;
1964: Framus 12-string "Hootenanny" acoustic;
1965: Gretsch 6120 (Nashville);
1965: 1965 Rickenbacker 360-12 (Fire-glo);
1965: 1964 Rickenbacker 4001S-LH bass;
1965: 1961 Fender Stratocaster;
1966: Epiphone E230TD(V) Casino (sunburst);
1966: Gibson SG Standard;
1966: 1964 Fender Esquire sunburst;
1967: 1965 Martin D-28;
1968: 1966 Fender Jazz Bass.
1968: Fender Bass VI
1968: Gibson J-200 acoustic
1968: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard
1968: 1968 Fender Telecaster
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