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Transcript of The Beatles
John Lennon formed the band at his high school in the mid-50s.
Lennon's art college friend, Stuart Sutcliffe, joined the band playing bass.
In mid 1957, The Quarrymen were joined by another guitarist, Paul McCartney. A short while later, the two were joined by George Harrison, another guitarist. Harrison was a friend of McCartney.
In the summer of 1960, Pete Best joined as the band's drummer.
Also in 1960, The Quarrymen changed their name to Silver Beatles, but quickly dropped the Silver.
John and Cynthia
John and Yoko
Yoko Ono met John in 1966 during a preview of her art exhibition in London.
After John's divorce with Cynthia Powell, he and Ono married in 1969.
The couple worked together in the music industry.
John and Yoko also had a son together, named Sean Ono Lennon.
Sir James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942. He was raised in a traditional working class family with his mother working as a maternity nurse and father working as a cotton salesman and jazz pianist. Growing up, Paul taught himself to play the Spanish guitar, trumpet, and piano. At the age of 14, Paul's mother died due to surgery complications. In 1969, Paul married Linda Eastman, an American photographer, who would be married to Paul for the next 30 years. Their family consisted of four children, Heather, Linda's daughter from a previous marriage, Mary, Stella, and James. Paul was the first to release a solo album after the breakup of the Beatles. He formed a band called Wings, which was popular throughout the 70s and won two Grammy awards. During a tour in Japan, McCartney was arrested for illegal possession of marijuana. After the death of John Lennon, Paul stopped touring until 1989.
George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943. He was the son of a stay at home mom and his dad drove the school bus for the Liverpool Institute, an acclaimed grammar school, where Harrison met Paul McCartney. George purchased his first guitar at the age of 14 after being inspired to play when he heard Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. When Harrison joined the Quarrymen, he was 14, and John Lennon was 17. John and George had actually went to the same primary school, but never met. George was known as the quiet Beatle. In 1963, Harrison wrote his first song, "Don't Bother Me", which made it onto the Beatles' second album.
Ringo Starr's real name is Richard Starkey. He got his nickname because of the rings he wore while performing. He was born July 7, 1940. His father left he and his mother when he was 3. Ringo was a sickly child, and missed a lot of school due to illness. He later dropped out of school as a teenager. His stepfather bought him his first drum set. Starr met the Beatles while his group, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes were performing in Hamburg, Germany at the same time as the Beatles. Two years later, after the Beatles' drummer, Pete Best, left, Ringo was asked to join.
John was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom during German air raid of WWII. His parents seperated when he was 4 and Lennon went to live with his aunt Mimi. His mother, Julia, often visited him and even taught him how to play the banjo and the piano. Lennon was also known as the smart Beatle.
John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August of 1962. They had one son, Julian Lennon. Julian was named after John's mother, who died in 1958 after being struck by an oncoming car. Cynthia had to keep a low profile during Beatlemania, which angered her. The couple divorced in 1968.
The Fifth Beatle
The long, lost Beatle is known as Stuart Sutcliffe. He played bass guitar for the band. Sutcliffe's girlfriend inspired The Beatles' signature mop- top hair styles. Tragically, in April of 1962, Stuart died of a brain hemorrhage.
* The Beatles refused to play at the Florida Gator Bowl unless the audience was unsegregated.
* The original album cover for Yesterday and Today was banned.
* The Beatles were the first to put printed lyrics in their albums.
* They worried no fans would show up at the airport to greet them when they came back to London.
* Steve Jobs named his company Apple in admiration of The Beatles because their record label was called Apple.
* The Beatles held the first ever stadium show at Shea Stadium, New York in 1965. Tickets to 55,600 seats sold in 17 minutes.
* Ringo voiced Thomas the Tank Engine.
* When Ringo joined the band, George, John, and Paul were all afraid of him because they thought he looked tough.
* None of The Beatles knew how to read or write sheet music when the band began. Paul and John eventually taight themselves.