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The Beatles | Artist

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The Beatles was an English rock band formed 1960 in Liverpool by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. In the very early days Stewart Suttcliffe played bass and Pete Best played drums. In 1962 Ringo Starr was brought in to replace Best as permanent drummer, Sutcliffe tragically died and McCartney switched to playing bass. Lennon and McCartney were the band's main songwriting team but many excellent songs were contributed by Harrison. In their first two years, they spent a great deal of time playing the seedy clubs of Hamburg's red-light area. It was during this time in Hamburg plus playing residencies at The Cavern club in Liverpool, that the created a strong and enduing musical chemistry between the four band members. Back in the UK, within the short space of Eight years between 1962-70, The Beatles became the most famous and highest selling band in music history, releasing 17 studio albums and 17 number one singles, plus a plethora of post-breakup compilation and archival albums. The Beatles also formed Apple Records company. George Martin was often referred to as the "Fifth Beatle" due to his important role of producing, engineering and playing keyboards on every Beatles studio album. Outstanding albums include A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, Yesterday and Today, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (White Album), Abbey Road and Let it Be. Of the many compilations, 1 (The Singles), 1962-1966 (The Red Album) and 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) are superb. In 2012 Universal Music Group acquired the EMI label and with it the Beatles' entire recorded music catalogue. After splitting in 1970, each member of the band carried on with solo work, and in the case of Paul McCartney, group work with his band Wings.

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