The Beatles

The Beatles Quotes

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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

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  • Paul McCartney: There was a thing in Liverpool that us kids used to do, which was instead of saying 'f--k off,' we would say 'chicka ferdy.' It actually exists in the lyrics of the Beatles song 'Sun King.'
  • Paul McCartney: I would not want to be trying to get famous now, with social media and stuff.
  • Paul McCartney: I'd been saying to Ringo for years it'd be great to do something. We'd never really done that much outside The Beatles. One night, Jeff suggested, 'Why don't you get Ringo in?' and I said, 'OK!'