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** The Beatles **

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The Beatles
A square quartered into four head shots of young men with moptop haircuts.
All four wear white shirts and dark coats.The "Fab Four" Beatles lineup in
Top: Lennon, McCartney
Bottom: Harrison, Starr
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres · Rock
· pop

Years active 1960–70
Labels · EMI
· Polydor
· Parlophone
· Swan
· Vee-Jay
· Capitol
· United Artists
· Apple

Associated acts · The Quarrymen

· Billy Preston
· Plastic Ono Band


Past members · John Lennon
· Paul McCartney
· George Harrison
· Ringo Starr

See members section for others

*The Beatles* were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With
members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they
became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock
era.^[1] Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles
later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian
music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements
in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first
emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication,
led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived
as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural

The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg
over a three-year period from 1960, during which Stuart Sutcliffe briefly
served as a fifth member until his death. The core of Lennon


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