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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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Pete Best in 2005

Pete Best (b. 24 November 1941, in Madras, India) is a British musician, best known as the original drummer for The Beatles.

After moving from India to Liverpool in 1945, Best's mother, Mona Best (1924-1988) started The Casbah Coffee Club in the cellar of the Best's house in Liverpool, which became very popular—the membership list grew to over a thousand—and where The Beatles (then known as The Quarrymen) played some of their first concerts. The club was also known as The Casbah Club, or simply The Casbah. Best played there with his first band, The Black Jacks, and later with The Beatles.

Best joined The Beatles on 12 August 1960, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a season of concerts. He was dismissed from the group two years later, on 16 August 1962 and he was replaced by Ringo Starr, but was never given a full explanation as to the reason why. He later worked as a civil servant for 20 years, before starting The Pete Best Band. Best has been married for over 40 years to Kathy Best; they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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1995 stamp of Azerbaijan featuring John Lennon
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1995 Azerbijani stamp featuring John Lennon

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The cover of The Beatles' eponymous album
  • ...that "I Will", from the album The Beatles (pictured), required 67 takes to perfect?
  • ...that the "Four of fish and finger pies" lyric in "Penny Lane" was British slang? "A four of fish" refers to four pennyworth of fish and chips, while "finger pie" was sexual slang of the time, apparently referring to intimate fondlings between teenagers.


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Almost everything The Beatles did was great, and it's hard to improve on. They were our Bach.
T-Bone Burnett (b. 1948)
 Mix Magazine interview

1 July 2006

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"The Long and Winding Road" was the last official single the band released, and the addition of a female choir and strings by Phil Spector angered Paul McCartney, who cited it as one of his six reasons for The Beatles' breakup in court. It was one of his main inspirations for releasing Let It Be... Naked - a "de-spectorised" version of the Let It Be album.

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