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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. Sutcliffe remained in Germany when the others returned 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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  • Hasen_Papa

    Only number 46 in the charts? I can not believe it!

    Yesterday 5:31pm Reply
  • Keolia

    Maybe i'm crazy, but I think the reprise version of Sgt. Pepper is far better than the opening track.

    Yesterday 8:14am Reply
  • janaplein

    Just Great

    25 Feb 4:42pm Reply
  • cmonanimals

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ♥

    25 Feb 2:27pm Reply
  • moe_VS_metal

    (´・ω・`)♥♥♥ from TOKYO JAPAN

    25 Feb 1:30am Reply
  • alewells

    Best album to start with? Revolver.

    25 Feb 12:06am Reply
  • pem0910

    "1962-1966" aka The Red Album (IMHO).

    24 Feb 5:28pm Reply
  • FeatgaryTD

    Best album to start with?

    24 Feb 4:35pm Reply
  • pem0910

    Yea, it's a drag.

    24 Feb 3:44pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    v Last.fm is full of good overshadowed music too.

    24 Feb 9:51am Reply
  • pem0910

    Last.fm is full of brazilians listening pop like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift etc.

    24 Feb 1:34am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Maybe their plays dropped down because over time with the many opportunities of new music discoveries lastfm has to offer, users realized that this band was a little bit...overrated?

    23 Feb 7:34pm Reply
  • MachineCoil

    william campbell was the best beatle

    23 Feb 2:11pm Reply
  • themuzen666

    twist and shout yeah

    23 Feb 1:28pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    lastfm userbase peaked in 2006. and many people have steadily dropped off after that. just like anything else.

    22 Feb 11:56pm Reply
  • Steambull

    v Eh heh... All the artists I mentioned began their career in the 1960's, it isn't very likely that their multi-decade spanning popularity would suddenly drop so much during a few years. So, the real answer is that Last.fm's member base has changed.

    22 Feb 4:07pm Reply
  • MachineCoil

    It's almost like trends in music change or something.

    22 Feb 3:35pm Reply
  • Steambull

    @Sanjerra Good point. I just took a look at the charts for the first time in at least 5 years, and I had to go to the fifth damn page to find The Beatles. Coldplay is still number one, though, along with a bunch of new artists I never heard of. Stones, Bowie, Dylan - they've all dropped pretty low. What the hell :/

    22 Feb 1:53pm Reply
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