The Beatles

  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney Meet

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney Meet
    In July of 1957, in Liverpool, 'Paul McCartney (I)' met John Lennon. Both were teenagers. Paul impressed John with his mastery of acoustic guitar, and was invited to join Lennon's group, The Quarrymen.
  • George Harrison Joins the Group

    George Harrison Joins the Group
    George Harrison joined them in February of 1958.
  • Peter Best Becomes a Beatle

    Peter Best Becomes a Beatle
    In 1959 they played regular gigs at a club called The Casbah. They were soon joined by drummer Peter Best, whose mother owned The Casbah club.
  • The Casbah Club

    The Casbah Club
    The Beatles have their first bookings there - and also help paint and decorate the club.
  • Stuart Sutcliffe

    Stuart Sutcliffe
    After earning 65 euros and being convinced to purchase a musical instrument, John, Paul and George took an interest in his bass playing and had him join the band.
  • Introduced to Ringo Starr

    Introduced to Ringo Starr
    The Beatles arrived at Hamburg, Germany where they would play 48 shows till October 3. While performing they met there soon to be newest member, Ringo Starr
  • First Gig for the Beatles

    First Gig for the Beatles
    The Beatles play their first gig at The Indra in Hamburg - the first of a 48 night stint.
  • The Cavern

    The Cavern
    The Beatles make their first appearance at the Cavern, playing one of the popular lunchtime session
  • The Beatles' First Review

    The Beatles' First Review
    Bill Harry starts the Mersey Beat magazine recording the vibrant, local music scene. The first issue debuts on 6th July 1961
    Harry says he based the name on “a policeman’s beat, not the beat of the music.”
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    The Beatles' Fanbase is Built

    The Beatles quickly establish themselves as the most exciting group in Liverpool, playing over thirty gigs a month and garnering a loyal following of local fans.
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  • Impressing Brian

    Impressing Brian
    At a lunchtime show, Brian Epstein watches the Beatles perform for the first time and is immediately impressed.
  • The Beatles Record 15 Songs

    The Beatles Record 15 Songs
    The Beatles recorded 15 songs at Decca Records. They were not hired, all though the songs that they recorded that day ended up helping them later.
  • The Beatles' are Signed

    The Beatles' are Signed
    The Beatles sign a five-year contract with Brian Epstein.
  • Recording Their First Single

    Recording Their First Single
    The Beatles enter EMI Studios for the first time and record their first single, “Love Me Do” in Studio 3.
  • Ringo Starr Joins Band

    Ringo Starr Joins Band
    Peter Best was fired from the band as a drummer, and Ringo Starr took his place.
  • Releasing Their First Single

    Releasing Their First Single
    The Beatles release their first single, Love Me Do. It only reaches #17 in the charts but introduces The Beatles to a national audience.
  • Please, Please Me

    Please, Please Me
    The Beatles record Please, Please Me, which producer George Martin rightly predicts will be a #1 hit.
  • First Full Album "Please Please Me"

    The Beatles finally got the chance to record their first full album wich was titled "Please Please Me".
  • Another #1 Hit

    Another #1 Hit
    The Beatles release From Me To You, another #1 hit. Everywhere they go, the Beatles are chased by screaming fans.
  • The Beatles' First Film

    The Beatles' First Film
    The Beatles release their first film and accompanying soundtrack, A Hard Day’s Night.
  • The Beatles' Invade the US

    The Beatles' Invade the US
    The Beatles fly into New York City’s Kennedy Airport for their first US tour - 5,000 screaming fans greet them.
  • Ed Sullivan Show

    Ed Sullivan Show
    The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show, 73 million Americans tune in to watch - a record at the time.
  • The Beatles' Release Their Sixth Album

    The Beatles' Release Their Sixth Album
    The Beatles release their sixth album and most innovative album yet, Rubber Soul. A sitar is used on the song Norwegian Wood, reflecting George Harrison’s growing interest in Indian music.
  • Revolver is Released

    Revolver is Released
    Revolver is released. The critics hail the album as another astonishing leap forward and praise the innovative recording techniques in particular.
  • Working on a new Album

    Working on a new Album
    The band start work on a new album to be called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • Releasing Sgt. Pepper

    Releasing Sgt. Pepper
    Sgt. Pepper is released at the height of psychedelia and the Summer of Love. Its cover is designed by celebrated British artist Sir Peter Blake, and is arguably the most famous in pop.
  • Globally Transmitted

    Globally Transmitted
    The Beatles made histroy on the 25th of June by being the first band to be globally transmitted on TV to 400 million people world wide.
  • Brian Epstein Passes Away

    Brian Epstein Passes Away
    Brian Epstein (the Beatle-Making Prince of Pop) dies following a tragic overdose. He was 32. John Lennon says, “Brian was a beautiful guy.
  • Returning to the UK

    The Beatles return to the UK to record ‘The Beatles’ double album now referred to as the White Album because of its plain white cover. The cover was designed by artist Richard Hamilton.
  • Preforming Together for the Last Time

    The Beatles perform together for the last time on the rooftop of Apple Corp's headquarters in London. The performance is cut short by the police following complaints about the noise.
  • Abbey Road

    Abbey Road is released. Despite the tensions within the band, Abbey Road contains some of The Beatles’ most beautiful songs and the album receives universal acclaim.
  • The Beatles' Split

    The official date of the breakup of the Beatles. Paul McCartney issues a statement to the press announcing that he is leaving The Beatles. The greatest band in the history of music is no more.
  • The Final Album

    Despite being recorded before Abbey Road, Let It Be is the last Beatles album to be released.
  • Imagine

    Imagine album is released in the UK.
  • Imagine Single

    Imagine single is released in the UK.
  • Beatle Assasination

    Beatle Assasination
    On December 8th John Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman
  • Lennon Memorial

    The John Lennon Peace Monument is unveiled by Cynthia and Julian Lennon in Chavasse Park Liverpool, to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th Birthday.