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History of the Beatles

The Beatles were a British pop/rock group that was formed around 1960 in Liverpool, England. The group’s original name was the Quarrymen. At the end of the nineteen fifties, a type of music called Skiffle was popular in Britain. Skiffle was a mix of trad jazz and blues that often used primitive instruments like washboards. The Quarrymen were a Skiffle group, which eventually turned to playing the new rock and roll sounds that were being imported from the United States.

The name ‘the Beatles’ began as ‘the Beetles’ – a reference to one of the group’s early influences, Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The spelling change combines the insect ‘beetle’ with the word ‘beat’ (tempo, fr).

The Beatles spent a lot of time playing in clubs in Hamburg, Germany, before returning to England to sign a record contract with EMI in 1962. The group’s first single, ‘Love Me Do’ was released in October 1962 and was only moderately successful, reaching number 17 in the UK singles charts. However, the Beatle’s popularity was about to explode, making them the most successful rock group ever, and still hugely popular fifty years after their formation, and forty years after their break-up.

The Beatles recorded the following albums

Please Please Me (1963)

With The Beatles (1963)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Beatles for Sale (1964)

Help! (1965)

Rubber Soul (1965)

Revolver (1966)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

The Beatles (aka White Album) (1968)

Yellow Submarine (1969)

Abbey Road (1969)

Let It Be (1970)

The group split up mainly because of artistic differences Lennon was highly critical of McCartney’s input, calling his songs ‘Granny Music’. They all went on to record solo material, with varying degrees of success.
John Lennon was assassinated in 1980. George Harrison died of cancer in 2001.

Try this Beatles quiz!

Only ten questions – just some trivial information about the Beatles. See how you do!
You might want to read the wiki entry on the Beatles before, or after to get more information.

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What was the name of John Lennon's first group?





How old was George Harrison when he joined the Beatles?





Who played drums before Ringo Starr?





In what year did the Beatles release their first single?





What was the name of the Beatles first album?





Which American rock and roll star influenced not only the Beatles, but also the Rolling Stones, both of whom covering his songs?





The song 'Back in the USSR' imitates the sound of which American pop group, the leader of which was a good friend of Lennon and McCartney?





Which song is the only song to be written and sung by McCartney on his own?





Which song was the only 'A' side single written by George Harrison?





In which year did the Beatles split up?







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Chanson: The Beatles – Back in the USSR

Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC
Didn’t get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man I had a dreadful flight
I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are boy
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee it’s good to be back home
Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone
I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are boy
Back in the U.S. Back in the U.S. Back in the U.S.S.R.

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
we leave the West behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
That Georgia’s always on my mind.

I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are boys
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
we leave the West behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
That Georgia’s always on my mind.

Show me round your snow-peaked mountains way down south
Take me to your daddy’s farm
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out
Come and keep your comrade warm.
I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are boys
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Chanson: The Beatles – I feel fine

Baby’s good to me you know,
She’s happy as can be you know,
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
Baby says she’s mine you know,
She tells me all the time you know,
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world
That her baby buys her things you know.
He buys her diamond rings you know,
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, MMM
Baby says she’s mine you know,
She tells me all the time you know,
She said so
I’m in love with her and I feel fine
I’m so glad that she’s my little girl
She’s so glad, she’s telling all the world
That her baby buys her things you know.
He buys her diamond rings you know,
She said so
She’s in love with me and I feel fine
She’s in love with me and I feel fine, MMM

Chanson: The Beatles – We can work it out

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Think of what you’re saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s all right.
Think of what I’m saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it’s a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it’s a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.