Beatles, the successful British pop group of the 1960s, consisted of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Pete Best, who was replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962. Probably the most popular band with over 1 billion records sold was founded in Liverpool in 1960. They made the transition from rock’n roll to modern pop music.
The Beatles landed their first hit with “love me do,” which McCartney and Lennon penned, as were the dozens of other hits that followed. “Please Please Me” followed in January and climbed to number 2 in the music charts. Then you started your first concert tour through Great Britain and played in London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 18, 1963, in front of 10,000 spectators. Her third single, “From Me To You,” sold over 600,000 copies. Then things went very fast, and each of your singles was in the charts until the band split up in 1970.
Once even five titles occupied the top five positions in the US charts at the same time. When “Revolver” appeared in 1966, the band gave up concerts. The Beatles made two films and a cartoon. After their separation, none of the members could build on their successes either solo or with bands. John Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment on December 8, 1980, in New York City.