It was in 1960 when THE BEATLES, an English rock band was formed. With John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr they started to conquer the heart of the UK. Selling out every major concert they had and bringing the crowd to go crazy on them, they became the most influential and widely known band during the rock era.
But not all band groups are born a star; it was in March of 1957 when a young Lennon formed a skiffle group along with some of his friends from Quarry Bank School. Calling them Quarrymen, derived from their school name, young Lennon then caught the attention of a fifteen year old Paul McCartney who would become the group’s rhythm guitarist. McCartney then invited George Harrison to see the group who would later become the band’s lead guitarist.
It was Lennon’s friend, who suggested changing their name to Beatals, to give tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The rock band was already at its fame when Richard Starkey also known as Ringo Starr on stage, joined the group.
It was in 1962 when they gained popularity after their first hit “Love Me Do” sky rocketed the billboard charts of UK. This became their ticket to stardom, gaining international interest; they were tagged as the “fab four”. From this time onwards, The Beatles released their finest music including the widely popular album Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), and Abbey Road (1969). All of them enjoyed their musical careers.
The Beatles popularity became a virus spreading rapidly throughout the UK, catching the attention of Queen Elizabeth II. To acknowledge their great contribution in the music industry, the Queen appointed the group as Members of the Order of the British Empire or known as MBE. They lived to the recognition of the Queen as they continue to receive countless awards like winning the 1971 Academy Award for best Original Score. Winning Grammy Awards and additional fifteen Ivor Novello Awards; this, however would only be a part of their success as they would become the highest selling band group of all time.
Selling between 600 million in estimate and over 1 billion sales worldwide, The Beatles became the best-selling band in history.
Decades after their first debut, the band is still etched to the mind of many people, awarding them as the best artist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2004. Who would imagine that a rock band like this was only a dream of a young boy in the outskirts of Liverpool?
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