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The Beatles

  • + Harrison

    + Harrison
    In February 1958 McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to watch the group.
  • first group

    first group
    In March 1957 John Lennon, then aged sixteen, formed a group with several friends from Quarry Bank school. They called themselves the Blackjacks, before changing their name to The Quarrymen after discovering that a respected local group was already using the name.
  • The Moondogs

    The Moondogs
    By January 1959 Lennon's Quarry Bank friends had left the group, and he began studies at the Liverpool College of Art. The three guitarists, billing themselves at least three times as "Johnny and the Moondogs" were playing rock and roll whenever they could find a drummer.
  • Formation

    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960.The group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).
    By mid-August the group took the neme "the Beatles".
  • Return

    The Beatles return to Liverpool and play at Litherland Town Hall. With their popularity becoming secure, they go on to play gigs North West of Britain for the next two years.
  • audition

    The Beatles audition unsuccessfully for Decca Records in London.
  • first manager

    first manager
    Brian Epstein later recalled: "I immediately liked what I heard. They were fresh and they were honest, and they had what I thought was a sort of presence and ... star quality." Epstein courted the band over the next couple of months and was appointed manager in January 1962.
  • Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr
    In mid-August the manager of the group and george Martin recording the group decided to replace the drummer Pete best with Ringo Starr.
  • first single

    love me doA 4 September session at EMI yielded a recording of "Love Me Do" featuring Starr on drums. Released in early October, "Love Me Do" was a top twenty UK hit, peaking at number seventeen on the Record Retailer chart.
  • Love me do

    Love me do
    song"Love Me Do", the Beatles' first single, is released in the United Kingdom. It rises to #17 on the British charts.
  • Please Please me

    Please Please me
    song live
    11 January. The Beatles' second single, "Please Please Me," is released in the U.K.. On February 22 it reaches number one on the British charts and stays there for two weeks. Martin accurately predicted, "You've just made your first No.1."
  • The album

    The album
    Ten songs were recorded for Please Please Me, accompanied by the four tracks already released on their two singles. Released in March 1963, the album reached number one on the top four British charts, initiating a run during which eleven of their twelve studio albums released in the United Kingdom through 1970 reached number one.
  • US success

    US success
    The album "Please Please Me" is released in the United States under the title of, "Introducing the Beatles".
  • concert for the Queen Mother

    concert for the Queen Mother
    Performing for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, the Beatles play at the Royal Command Performance. Before starting the song "Twist and Shout", John entertains the crowd with a comment, "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."
  • I want to hold your hand

    I want to hold your hand
    November 29, 1963 -The single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is released in the U.K. and immediately hits number one on the charts.
    December 26 , 1963 - "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is released in the United States and spends seven weeks in the number one spot on the charts.
  • USA

    The Beatles arrive in the United States.
  • first film

    first film
    The Beatles begin filming their first film, "A Hard Day's Night." They take eight weeks to complete it.
  • Sgt Pepper's lonely hearts club band

    Sgt Pepper's lonely hearts club band
    The album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is released in the U.K. and reaches number one both in the U.K. and the United States. It also receives four Grammy Awards including Best Album.
  • Yellow submarine

    Yellow submarine
    Song"Yellow Submarine" premieres in London. It opens in America several months later.
  • Last live concert

    Last live concert
    full videoThe Beatles perform together for the last time live on the roof of Apple's London office. The performance can be seen in the movie documentary "Let It Be."
  • End

    John decides to leave the Beatles, but he does not announce it publicly because of current contract negotiations with EMI.
  • End of the group

    End of the group
    more informationPaul announces that he has left the Beatles.