In the year 1960, four teenagers running all over Liverpool in search of any gig at all for them. Six years later, they were the four most famous and musical men on earth, the best dressed and the most captivating people anyone can remember.

The Beatles London Palladium

The Beatles London Palladium 1963 Royal Command Performance

They left their Cavern Club and within months they took the rise in the British pop world. They played hundreds of concerts in Britain, invented ‘Beatlemania’, recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (their fourth British number one in a year) and while they were conquering Paris, the record went to Number One in America three weeks before “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York.

The Beatles swept through the great US cities, drawing tens of thousands to airports for the merest glimpse.

A Hard Day’s Night guaranteed them star status in the world of cinema and they laughed their way through Help! Paul dreamt that he had written “Yesterday” – and he did. They were the first band to play in a baseball stadium, Shea in New York, breaking records for crowd fever and numbers. They went to Buckingham Palace to receive medals from the Queen.

Supported by the steady hand of the great George Martin, they went into the studio which brought an amazed world with the mighty songs of “Sgt Pepper”, “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” They never stood still.

A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles

The Beatles started their own company, Apple Corps with five creative divisions – records, films, etc. – and then went public with an offer that anyone with an artistic need could come to them and get help. At the same time, The Beatles flew to foothills of the Himalayas to learn meditation. There, between sessions with the Maharishi, they wrote songs for what would become known as The White Album.

When recording started, the songs had come so famous that the album had thirty of them. They sped from one track to another, content that the unity of the album would transcend the disparity in the style and content of the tracks. It was always their strength that they wrote bewitching singles.

John met and married Yoko; Paul met and married Linda. George matured far beyond his years, settled into his spiritual space and expressed himself writing classic songs. Ringo was now writing his own numbers and was widely acknowledged as a supreme drummer and a very good actor.

Beatles in USA

The Beatles Live Performance in USA

That the rift between The Beatles, evolved with much public angst, was a pity but this is not a perfect world. Relationships anyway, were repaired long ago. And in the end, the equation between the love they took and the love they made was intact into infinity. They still represent the twentieth century’s greatest romance.

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