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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
Original ABBEY ROAD photo corrected and cleaned with a Beetle car added (31 March 2007)

The Beatles were a highly successful and popular British rock band from Liverpool, England. They are widely regarded as the most influential rock band in history and are known world-wide. The Beatles continue to be a major influence on music well into the 21st century, having sold over a billion records overall. The Beatles paved the way for new musical styles and influenced cultural revolutions in the 1960s and 1970s. The members of the most famous line-up of the Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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George Harrison visiting the Oval Office in 1974

George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer. He achieved international fame as lead guitarist in The Beatles, and is listed number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Best Guitarists of All Time". Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's breakup, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer.

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An Abbey Road street sign, complete with Beatles-related graffiti
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An Abbey Road street sign, complete with Beatles-related graffiti

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • ...that The Beatles were students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (pictured)?
  • ...that in October 2005, Variety Magazine named The Beatles the #1 icons of the 20th Century?
  • ...that the man standing on the pavement in the background of the cover of Abbey Road is Paul Cole - a US tourist unaware he'd been photographed until he saw the album cover months later?

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My idea in "My Sweet Lord", because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah", and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna", they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna", and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!"
George Harrison (1943 – 2001)
 Interview with Mukunda Goswami

4 September 1982

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"All My Loving" featured on the album With The Beatles, but was never released as a single. Paul McCartney came up with the lyrics while shaving, and originally intended it to be a poem - this is one of the few Lennon–McCartney songs to have the lyrics thought of before the tune.

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