A Look Inside The Beatles

A Look Inside The Beatles

When it comes to music, all you need is love—according to The Beatles anyway. Household names around the world, Paul, John, George and Ringo started a musical and cultural revolution in 1960s England, which later sparked a worldwide phenomena that changed musical history. However, the supergroup wasn't always the mega-band we know today. It was Paul McCartney who met a young John Lennon at a Liverpool church where Lennon was performing music with his band The Quarrymen before George Harrison and Ringo Starr eventually signed on. Yet controversy over the purported "fifth Beatle" members continues to this day. Other musicians, such as Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best, did play a role in early Beatles development, but were replaced before the band received any commercial successes and are often rebuffed by the "fab four" as being but minor parts. According to McCartney, if anyone is to be included as a "fifth Beatle" it is Brian Epstein, one of the band's earliest managers.

Flash-forward to February 9, 1964 and The Beatles had finally arrived on "The Ed Sullivan Show." There, they performed five songs before a live audience and 73 million TV viewers, cementing their place in television, music and history forever. The remnants of Beatlemania are still seen throughout the world today, with no signs of slowing. Learn more about this amazing and ground-breaking band.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Before The Beatles there was Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen. (0:39)

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    "Beatlemania" came to the U.S. in 1964 with the band's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. (1:53)

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    Lennon released four solo albums between 1972 and 1975. (4:02)

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