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The "boys of Liverpool" or "Fab Four" (Fantastic Four).

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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
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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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The Indra Club, where The Beatles first played upon arriving in Hamburg, as it appeared in 2007.

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940–10 April 1962) was a poet, painter, and the original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960–June 1961). Sutcliffe earned praise for his paintings, which mostly explored a style related to Abstract Expressionism. Sutcliffe is one of the group of people sometimes referred to as "the fifth Beatle".

Sutcliffe and John Lennon are credited with coming up with the name for the Beatles, as they both liked Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets. Sutcliffe played with The Beatles in Hamburg, where he met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, to whom he was later engaged. He enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art after leaving The Beatles, and studied under future pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

Sutcliffe suffered from debilitating headaches while he was studying in Hamburg, and although tests were carried out by German doctors, no reason could be found for his worsening condition. He died of a brain haemorrhage on the way to the hospital on April 10, 1962, with Kirchherr sitting alongside him in the ambulance.

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Paul and Linda McCartney in 1976
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I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I'm sorry I opened my mouth. I'm not anti-God, anti-Christ, or anti-religion. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this.
— John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
 News conference in Chicago, where he apologized for his previous statement, which was accepted by the Vatican.

11 August 1966

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"Yesterday" was the first Beatles song to feature only a single Beatle - Paul McCartney sings and plays with a string quartet - and was one of their first ballads. The tune apparently came to McCartney while he was sleeping; he instantly played it on his piano and gave it the working title "Scrambled Eggs".

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