The Beatles

The BeatlesWhat can we write about the Beatles that hasn’t already been written?

So instead of biographical info, we’re using the Beatles page to present a pictorial timeline, a complete Beatles song list, and the latest Beatles news.

Let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see on this page.



The Ultimate List of Beatles Songs

This is a sortable list of almost 300 Beatles’ songs on Wikipedia. Besides the basic information, this list includes:

  • Which Beatle really wrote the song?
  • Who sang the lead vocal?
  • US and UK chart positions
  • Links to Wiki articles about every song and album

Click here to visit the Ultimate Beatles Song list


The Beatles Timeline

July 7, 1940 – Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) is born in Liverpool.

October 9, 1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool.

June 18, 1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool.

February 24, 1943 – George Harrison is born in Liverpool.

The Beatles' birthplaces

The Beatles’ birthplaces

1957 – John Lennon, age 16, forms the Quarry Men, a band comprised of pals from his school, Quarry Bank Grammar.

1957: Paul meets John

1957: Paul meets John

July 6, 1957 – Paul McCartney, age 15, meets John at a Quarry Men performance at Woolton Parish Church fete. Soon after, John invites him to join the band.

February 1958 -15 year old George Harrison joins the group.

January 1960 – Stu Sutcliffe, a friend of John’s at Liverpool College of Art, is asked to join the group as bass guitarist. The band changes its name to Silver Beetles, then Silver Beatles.

In Hamburg with Best and Sutcliffe

In Hamburg with Best and Sutcliffe

August 1960 – Drummer Pete Best joins group, now known as simply the Beatles. He accompanies the band to Hamburg where, over five visits between now and December 1962, the group hones its sound at the Indra, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten and Star clubs.

December 27, 1960 – Back in Liverpool, the Beatles appear at a local public hall, Litherland Town Hall, prompting fan frenzy. They work the Northwest of Britain steadily for the next two years.

Spring 1961 – Stuart Sutcliffe leaves the Beatles.

In the studio with George Martin and Brian Epstein

In the studio with George Martin and Brian Epstein

November 1961 – The Beatles meet Brian Epstein, who becomes their manager. They start to polish their image and look for a recording contract.

January 1, 1962 – They audition (unsuccessfully) for Decca Records in London.

April 10, 1962 – Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg.

June 6, 1962 – The Beatles audition for George Martin, a producer at EMI. He signs them, and becomes their producer throughout their career.

1962: The Beatles with Ringo

1962: The Beatles with Ringo

August 16, 1962 – Pete Best leaves the Beatles.

August 18, 1962 – Ringo joins the band.

October 5, 1962 – The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do” is released in the United Kingdom. It rises to #17 on the British charts.

January 11, 1963 – The Beatles” second single, “Please Please Me,” is released in the UK. It goes to #1 on the British charts on February 22 and stays there for two weeks.

February 11, 1963 – In a single day, the Beatles record their first full album, entitled Please Please Me. They record ten songs, which were added to the previously recorded “Love Me Do,” “Please Please Me,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Ask Me Why.”

Please Please Me album

Please Please Me album

March 22, 1963 – The album Please Please Me is released in the U.K. and becomes a runaway hit. It remains at #1 on the charts for months. The Beatles have taken Britain by storm and successive singles all hit number one: “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The album is released in America in July with the title, Introducing the Beatles and initially flops.

October 1963 – Beatlemania spreads through Europe. (This is the month biographers and Beatles scholars often point to as the start of the Beatles’ phenomenal popularity).

October 13, 1963 – Beatles play on ITV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, which is broadcast to 15 million viewers. (This show in the United Kingdom was analogous to The Ed Sullivan Show in the U.S.)

1963: London Palladium

1963: London Palladium

November 4, 1963 – The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performance, performing for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. Before beginning “Twist and Shout,” John tweaks the crowd with his comment, “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

November 22, 1963 – The band’s second album, With the Beatles, is released in the UK, remaining in the top position on the British charts for 21 weeks. It features the songs “All My Loving,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and others. It succeeded the first album in the number one spot, and together the Beatles were top on the album charts for 51 consecutive weeks.

Cover photo, Meet the Beatles

Cover photo, Meet the Beatles

November 29, 1963 – The single “I Want To Hold Your Hand” is released in the UK and immediately hits #1 on the charts. It is released in the US December 26 and spends seven weeks on top.

January 20, 1964 – The album, Meet the Beatles! is released by Capitol Records in the US. On February 15 it hits number one on Billboard’s chart, where it remains for 11 weeks.

1964: First Sullivan performance

1964: First Sullivan performance

February 7, 1964 – The Beatles land at JFK Airport in New York. The British Invasion begins. Fans surround the Plaza Hotel, where the Beatles are staying.

February 9, 1964 – The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show and are watched by a record-setting 73 million people (23,240,000 households, according to A.C. Nielsen). They perform five songs, “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

 

Ticket to Beatles'  DC concert

Ticket to Beatles’ DC concert

February 11, 1964 – The Beatles give their first live U.S. performance at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

February 12, 1964 – The Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

February 16, 1964 – The Beatles perform for the second time on The Ed Sullivan Show, live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Approximately 70 million people tune in (22,445,000 households).

February 23, 1964 – The Beatles appear for the third time on the Sullivan show, this time with a taped performance of three songs.

Scene from "A Hard Day's Night"

Scene from “A Hard Day’s Night”

March 2, 1964 – Filming starts on the Beatles’ first film, A Hard Day’s Night, and is completed in eight weeks.

March 31, 1964 – The Beatles hold the top five slots on Billboard’s chart: (1) Can’t Buy Me Love, (2) Twist and Shout, (3) She Loves You, (4) I Want To Hold Your Hand (5) Please Please Me–a musical first.

April 4, 1964 – The Beatles hold 14 slots on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

July 6, 1964 – A Hard Day’s Night premieres in London. The film is well-received by critics and the public.

[July 10, 1964 – The soundtrack album A Hard Day’s Night is released in the U.K., hitting number one there, as well as in America after its U.S. release in August.

August 11, 1964 - A Hard Day’s Night opens in America and is a huge hit.

The Cow Palace, San FranciscoAugust 19, 1964 – The Beatles perform at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, in the first concert of their USA/Canada tour, which lasts a month.

December 4, 1964 – The album “Beatles For Sale” is released in the UK and hits #1.

Scene from "Help"

Scene from “Help”

February 23, 1965 – Shooting begins in the Bahamas on the Beatles’ second film, Help!

June 12, 1965 – The Beatles are named Members of the British Empire by the Queen, and in October they are presented with medals at Buckingham Palace.
"Help" poster
July 29, 1965 – Help! premieres in London. It opens in the U.S. on August 11 that year. It cost $1.5 million to make and was very successful.
Shea concert posterAugust 6, 1965 – The album Help! is released in the U.K. and becomes a number one hit there and in the U.S.

Fans at the Shea Stadium concert

Fans at the Shea Stadium concert

August 15, 1965 – The Beatles play for a record-breaking 55,600 people at New York’s Shea Stadium, grossing $304,000 dollars. The band’s share is $160,000.

 

"Rubber Soul" cover

“Rubber Soul” cover

December 3, 1965 – The album Rubber Soul is released in the UK and goes to #1 there and in the US

August 5, 1966 – The album Revolver is released in the UK and hits #1 there and in the U.S.

Leaving their last US concert

Leaving their last US concert

August 29, 1966 – The Beatles give their last live concert, in San Francisco.

Recording "Sgt. Pepper"

Recording “Sgt. Pepper”

June 1, 1967 – The album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released in the UK. It tops the charts all over the world, holding the #1 slot in Britain for 27 weeks and for 19 in America. It receives four Grammys including Best Album.

Epstein obituary

At the Our World event

At the Our World event

June 25, 1967 – The Beatles star in Our World, a two-hour satellite television program transmitted live by satellite to five continents and 24 countries. They perform “All You Need is Love.” This is the first live television satellite program to air worldwide.

August 27, 1967 – Brian Epstein dies. The Beatles learn of his death while they are visiting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales. The spiritual leader is introducing people to Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Mystery Tour bus

Mystery Tour bus

November 27, 1967 – The album Magical Mystery Tour is released in the US where it hits #1. It is released in the UK eleven days later as an extended play disc, without three singles.

December 26, 1967 – Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles’ hour-long television special, airs in the UK, where it is seen by approximately 14 million viewers and panned by critics.

With the Maharishi

With the Maharishi

February 1968 – The Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to attend a TM seminar hosted by Maharishi at his center. They stay a few weeks.

May 14, 1968 – John and Paul appear on The Tonight Show (with guest host Joe Garagiola) to announce that their company, Apple, wants to help young artists.

July 17, 1968 – Yellow Submarine, the animated film, premieres in London. It opens in America several months later and becomes a great success.

The "White Album" cover

The “White Album” cover

November 22, 1968 – The album The Beatles ( also known as the ‘White Album’), is released and zooms to number one in Britain and America.

"Yellow Submarine" cover

“Yellow Submarine” cover

January 13, 1969 – The soundtrack Yellow Submarine is released in the US and reaches the #2 position on the British and American charts (number one was held by the ‘White Album’).

The Beatles' swan song on the Apple Building roof

The Beatles’ swan song on the Apple Building roof

January 30, 1969 – The Beatles perform together for the last time live, on the roof of Apple’s London office. The scenes are included in what becomes the documentary Let It Be.

Mid-September, 1969 – John decides to “divorce” the Beatles, but he does not announce it publicly because of contract negotiations taking place with EMI. By this time, George and Ringo have each quit the band for short spells, returning soon after.

"Abbey Road" cover photo

“Abbey Road” cover photo

September 26, 1969 – The Beatles last studio album, Abbey Road, is released in the UK. It tops the charts there and in the US.

November 25, 1969 – John returns his Member of the British Empire medal to Buckingham Palace, as an anti-war protest.

April 10, 1970 – Paul announces publicly that he has left the Beatles.

"Let It Be" jacket

“Let It Be” jacket

May 8, 1970 – The Beatles last album, Let It Be (recorded before Abbey Road), is released in the U.K. and hits #1 there and in the U.S.

May 20, 1970 – The movie Let It Be premieres in London. None of the Beatles attend.


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