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Liverpool, England (1960 – 1970)

The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today. Currently, The Beatles are one of the two musical acts to sell more than 1 billion records, with only Elvis Presley having been able to achieve the same feat.

After conquering Europe, with successful tours to Germany and Sweden, the Beatles led the mid-1960s musical ‘British Invasion’ into the United States. Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and homegrown skiffle, the group explored a great variety of musical styles including Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Ballads, Western and Indian Classical among others. Their clothes, hairstyles, and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.

Early on, the band consisted of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Pete Best. The band got its first major break playing in Hamburg, Germany, at some rather seedy nightclubs, beginning in 1960. While in Germany, they also met Klaus Voormann, who would later design the cover of the group’s 1966 album Revolver. Stuart remained in Germany after the others decided to return to England, and became engaged to fellow artist Astrid Kirchherr, only to die a few years later of a brain hemorrhage.

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  • thelionrampant

    The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming one of the most serious arts of ALL TIMES.

    Yesterday 9:15pm Reply
  • petross85

    Special

    Yesterday 1:30pm Reply
  • wolfdontlikeme

    какие же тупые у них песни.

    17 Apr 5:42pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Dutch teenage girls were screaming for Duke Ellington in the 1930's, like they were screaming in the 1960's for The Beatles. That's how popular he was. John Coltrane and his quartet was wanted by everybody round the world, because of their spectactular solo's on My Favorite Things.

    17 Apr 10:07am Reply
  • doowniwevets

    The fact that people are still copying and pasting Scaruffi's article to this shoutbox only tells you how far trolls are from being able to form original thoughts.

    16 Apr 10:32pm Reply
  • Anglicize

    Never 4get

    16 Apr 6:49pm Reply
  • Anglicize

    The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial Beethoven over classical musicians who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success: the Beatles sold more than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore they must have been the greatest. Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worth of being saved.

    16 Apr 6:40pm Reply
  • alveseduardo

    <3

    13 Apr 11:50pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    You know, that maintenance period earlier might be the longest window of time in which nobody's said anything stupid in a Last.fm shoutbox.

    11 Apr 12:16am Reply
  • acsafialho

    I've just recorded a cover version for 'No Reply' :) check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBLZqte6uDM&feature=youtu.be =*

    10 Apr 5:58pm Reply
  • METALEROARG

    best band of all time? they were just a buch of hippies who didn't write their own songs

    10 Apr 3:08pm Reply
  • talita_mendes

    ♥-♥

    10 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    These guys over here sound like The Beatles, you folks should check them. [3]

    9 Apr 11:58pm Reply
  • ceratitekken

    juliaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    9 Apr 3:33pm Reply
  • PanyaTanina

    the band that invented music. [5] дала толчок другим, так сказать.

    9 Apr 10:23am Reply
  • PanyaTanina

    She Loves You, yeah, yeah, yeaaaah !

    9 Apr 10:20am Reply
  • Blue_Fatty

    They totally ripped off Nickelback.

    9 Apr 7:42am Reply
  • MachineCoil

    Where do I get a spectator ticket for the great Defener-/mu/tant War that's apparently happening here?

    8 Apr 11:17am Reply
  • GandhiCat

    Broken tag still has more listeners than most of my favorites

    8 Apr 5:24am Reply
  • GandhiCat

    they're not even catchy what the hell is this I don't even

    8 Apr 5:23am Reply
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