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The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members of the band were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

In the beginning, the band played at lots of clubs in Germany. They met Brian Epstein who became their manager. They recorded some songs at the Abbey Road studio in London.

They went to the USA in 1964. Thousands of screaming American fans went to see them. The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964. About 74 million people watched the group perform on the show.

The band had lots of hit records. Some of their famous songs are Hey Jude, Let it Be and Yesterday. In 1967, the band released the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rolling Stone Magazine decided that this was the greatest album of all time.

The same magazine also called The Beatles the most influential artists of all time, because their music, clothing style and attitude were all popular among young people in the 1960s.

The Beatles stopped touring and playing live music in 1966. They didn’t like it when audiences screamed so loudly that their music could not be heard. The Beatles decided to stop being a band in 1970. After splitting up, all four members had solo careers.

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  • WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS

    studio, noun [C], a room where TV programmes or music is recorded
    fan, noun [C], someone who really likes a famous person or sports team
    perform, verb, do something to entertain people, like playing music or singing
    album, noun [C], a group of songs on a CD, record or download
    influential, adjective,changing the way people think or behave
    attitude, noun [U], a way of behaving that shows you can do exciting things
    audience, noun, a group of people who come to watch someone perform
    solo, adjective, done by only one person

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