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On September 9th 2009 the Beatles were once again dominating the music charts all over the world, but who were they and why are they still regarded as the best band in the world nearly forty years after they broke-up? Let us take a look back at when it all started ....

In the 1960s, a British group was responsible for shaking up the music world and the talented quartet would become one of the most famous rock groups of all time. These were the Beatles and today many of their songs are still played on radio stations, and new fans now listen to Beatle hits on MP3 players and I-Pods.

The original members of the group were :

John Winston Lennon from Liverpool
James Paul McCartney from Liverpool
George Harrison from Liverpool
Stuart Sutcliffe from Edinburgh, Scotland

They were not always known as The Beatles. The group first chose the name Johnny and the Moondogs before changing the name of the group to the Silver Beetles. In 1960, they won a spot on a tour of Scotland with Johnny Gentle, and shortly after John Lennon told the group he had dreamed that they were to be called the Beatles with the unique spelling that featured an “a” in the name.

Lennon and Paul McCartney were becoming very good songwriters as well as performers and George Harrison would also contribute some of the songs for the group. More famous than their music at the beginning were their haircuts, which were often called “mop-tops”. Brian Epstein was a music store manager and in 1961, he went to see the Beatles and became their manager. During the early years, many record companies turned the group down and would not sign them to any contracts.

After the loss of Sutcliffe as drummer, Pete Best filled in for a short while but his talent as a drummer was not up to the group’s expectation and he was replaced with Richard Starkey “Ringo Starr” who was also from the Liverpool area. Ringo was an outgoing drummer who had performed with a band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

During 1962, the group’s first single “Love Me Do” made it to the charts and was distinguished by Lennon’s harmonica playing. In 1963, “Please Please Me” was a new hit and this band was suddenly on the fast track. More songs were topping the charts in quick succession including “From Me to You”, “She Loves You” and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “I Want to Hold your Hand”. By this time, it was official that Beatlemania had taken the country by storm. In February of 1964, the Beatles made their first US appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show. The group became the first UK group to win over the American audience, and thus began the British invasion of rock music in the 60s.

The Beatles enjoyed tremendous success and even starred in several movies, including “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” and “Yellow Submarine”. They continued to release top selling albums and songs including “Yellow Submarine”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Penny Lane” and the famous "Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The music was excellent, but the songs by Lennon and McCarthy were even better. The words to many of the band’s tunes are as timely and meaningful today as they were then, when they seemed to sum up the feelings of an entire generation.   The group had millions of adoring fans who idolized the group, but by 1970, the group had too many personal differences to continue. The music and songs that the Beatles created forever changed the recording industry and generations of fans.

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