The Beatles
The Beatles
John Lennon and Paul McCartney formed a group to play skiffle music in Liverpool pubs. They began as The Quarrymen, then became: Johnny and the Moondogs, the Moonshiners, and Long John and the Silver Beatles. They became “The Beatles” in 1960. The Beatles went on to become the most famous band in the world, achieving 20 US and 17 UK No 1 singles, more than anyone else. They also hold the record for the most No 1 albums of all time, with 15 albums on Billboard. They sold more records than anyone. The band broke up in 1970. In May 1997, Paul McCartney broke his own world record by obtaining his 81st gold disc for the album “Flaming Pie.” John Lennon’s final live performance was when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1974 to perform the song they co-wrote, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.” The Beatles won many awards. In 1964 their “I Want To Hold Your Hand” lost to “The Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto for the Record of the Year award. In 1965 they lost to the Anita Kerr Singers for the Best Pop Vocal Prize at the Grammys. But they go on to win some 11 Grammys as a band. Mostly, they became the world best-known band, selling over a billion records.
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