Who were the members of The Beatles?

THE Beatles are widely considered to be the greatest band of all time, thanks to hits like Let It be, and Hey Jude.

Over the years their legacy has lived on, and they’ve still had more number one albums in the British charts than any other act.

Who were the members of The Beatles?

Starting in 1956, John Lennon and several of his friends played in a British band called The Quarrymen.

However by 1960, the group had evolved into a new band called The Beatles.

Their debut single was Love Me Do, which was followed by the No. 1 song Please Please Me.

After huge success, and many hit singles and albums, the band split 1970.

Born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940, John Lennon was the founding member of The Beatles.

Along with Paul, he was one of the main songwriters in the group, and is known for penning hits like Help!, and Yesterday.

After the band split, John had great success as a solo artist.

His most famous song is Imagine, which was released in 1971.

But on December 8, 1980, things took a tragic turn when John was shot and killed at his residence in Manhattan, New York.

Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to his murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life imprisonment.

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942, and, as a child, taught himself how to sing, play the piano, and guitar.

His songwriting partnership with John remains the most successful in history.

Sir Paul is known for writing songs like Hey Jude, and Let It Be.

He continues to tour as a solo artist, and has had so much success that he is one of the richest musicians in the world with a net worth of $1.2billion (around £978.4million).

Sir Paul has been married three times: Linda Eastman from 1969 until her death from breast cancer in 1998; to Heather Mills from 2002 until their divorce in 2008; before marrying his third wife wife Nancy Shevell in 2011.

Ringo Starr

Born on July 7, 1940, Ringo Starr is the oldest member of The Beatles, and was the band’s drummer.

Known as Ritchie as a teenager, he became obsessed with the skiffle craze which swept the 1950s, and played drums for several different groups.

It was while playing in these Liverpool bands that he gained the nickname Ringo Starr.

When The Beatles were formed in 1960, Ringo was still a member of Rory Storm’s band.

After achieving moderate success with that band in the UK and Hamburg, he quit the group and joined The Beatles in August 1962, when he famously replaced Pete Best.

Along with Paul, he is the only other surviving member of the band.

He continues to tour, and his son Zak Starkey has followed him into the world of music.

George Harrison

George Harrison, MBE was born on February 25, 1943, and was sometimes called “the quiet Beatle”.

Despite the majority of the band’s songs being written by John and Paul, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions such as Here Comes The Sun.

After the band split up in 1970, George went on to have a solo career, and is best known for the song My Sweet Lord.

Sadly he died of lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58, two years after surviving a knife attack by an intruder at his home, Friar Park.

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