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The Beatles were a famous English rock band which was formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Beatles band members include John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. The Beatles built their reputation as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. They released lots of notable songs, greatest hits, and albums. Let's learn more about The Beatles band and music through our list of interesting facts about The Beatles to know more about The Beatles biography, history, first album, music, songs, albums. Music facts

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As of 2012, the Beatles have sold over 2 billion albums.


The total number of Beatles albums sold on iTunes as of July 2012 is 585,000. The total amount of their iTunes singles is 2.8 million.


John Lennon started a band in 1957 called the Quarry Men and later asked Paul McCartney to join. Paul brought in George Harrison, and later Ringo Starr would replace Peter Best as drummer. The band changed its name a few times, which included the names Johnny and the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and British Everly Brothers.

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The Beatles had seven consecutive number one hit albums, just behind Abba and Led Zeppelin, who each had eight.


No one is quite sure where the name “Beatles” originated, though the most likely story is that John Lennon liked the name The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s band. Early band member Stuart Sutcliff suggested “Beetles,” and they were for some time known as The Silver Beetles or, occasionally, Long John and the Silver Beatles before becoming the Beatles. The Beetles were also a rival gang in Marlon Brando’s movie The Wild One, which may have also been an influence. John Lennon is usually credited with changing the spelling to “Beatles” to reflect Beat music and the Beat generation.


The Beatles have spent a record 1,278 weeks on the Billboard chart.


The Beatles have spent 175 weeks at number one on the charts.


The Beatles album with the longest consecutive time spent at number one is their debut album Please Please Me at 30 weeks.


The Beatles are the only band in history to have a “double whammy” when they knocked the Rolling Stones off the top spot in both the singles and album charts on July 23, 1964.


The Beatles are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the chart.


The Beatles first ever album to debut at number one was Help!

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The Beatles first single in 1962 was Love Me Do. In 2012, the song became Public Domain in Europe. 


The Beatles last live performance was in 1966 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.


The Beatles song Dear Prudence was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence Farrow. John Lennon thought she spent too much time meditating and encouraged her through the song to “come out and play.”


The only George Harrison song to be played live by the Beatles was If I Needed Someone which they played on their 1966 tour.


All four Beatles contracted gonorrhea in Hamburg early in their career.


The Beatles longest single, at 7 minutes and 15 seconds, is Hey Jude. It was also their first to be issued on the Apple label.


The first Beatles to become a grandfather was Ringo, with the birth of his granddaughter Tatia Jayne in 1985.


The last album recorded by the Beatles was Abbey Road. The last album released was Let It Be.

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Charles Manson claimed that there were hidden meanings in the Beatles hit Helter Skelter. He believed the group was imparting a secret message heralding Armageddon.


“Julia” was the only Beatles song John Lennon performed without assistance from the other band members. “Blackbird” was the only song sung alone by Paul when he was part of the Beatles.


George Harrison’s song Blue Jay Way has led to the repeated theft of that street sign in Los Angeles. The song was written at a house on Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills.


John Lennon said the only true songs he ever wrote were Help! and Strawberry Fields Forever. He says they were the only songs he wrote from experience and not by projecting himself into a situation and “writing a nice little story about it.”


Frank Sinatra described the Beatles song Something as the greatest love song ever written.

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