A Photolog of Fame: The Beatles from Inception to Breakup
The Beatles is an English rock band and is inarguably one of the most influential musical acts in the Western world. The “Fab Four”, as they were also known, consisted of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles is history’s best-selling band. It’s estimated that the band sold over 800 million physical and digital albums globally. The group hold the record for the most number one hits on the Hot 100 charts – twenty songs. It also won seven Grammy awards, fifteen Ivor Novello Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
The Beatles began when Paul and John met when they were just teenagers in 1957. They began playing together and, in 1958, Paul invited his friend George to join them. The three, along with bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, began playing as the Beatles in 1960.
They were playing gigs in Liverpool and Hamburg before they met Brian Epstein in 1961. Epstein became their manager and got them signed with EMI’s Parlophone label. Stuart later left the band.
During the Beatles first recording session in 1962, Ringo was brought in as a session drummer. He then became the permanent drummer and played on the band’s first single “Love Me Do”.