25 Remarkable Things Every Music Fan Should Know About The Beatles

The Beatles are undoubtedly synonymous with pop culture and the music industry, possibly even more than Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. The biggest-selling music act in history, with more than a billion records sold worldwide, changed the way people reacted and listened to music forever. The bible of twentieth-century music, Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever, describes the phenomenon of the Beatles best:

The Fab Four revolutionized the sound, style, and attitude of popular music and opened rock and roll’s doors to a tidal wave of British rock acts. Their initial impact would have been enough to establish the Beatles as one of their era’s most influential cultural forces, but they didn’t stop there. Although their initial style was a highly original, irresistibly catchy synthesis of early American rock and roll and R&B, the Beatles spent the rest of the 1960s expanding rock’s stylistic frontiers, consistently staking out new musical territory on each release. The band’s increasingly sophisticated experimentation encompassed a variety of genres, including folk-rock, country, psychedelia, and baroque pop, without sacrificing the effortless mass appeal of their early work.

So, in case you’re a member of the younger generation who might not know much about the most famous music band in history, or you’re someone from the older generation who needs a refresher course in all things Beatles, here follow 25 Remarkable Things Every Music Fan Should Know About The Beatles.

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John Lennon founded the group in 1957 and named it the Quarry Men; he later asked Paul McCartney to join, who also brought in George Harrison. Ringo Starr would shortly after replace Peter Best as drummer, and thus the most famous and successful band in history became a reality and global phenomenon.

The BeatlesSource: nme.com, Image: Wikipedia

The band changed its name many times before they came up with the Beatles. Other than the Quarry Men, they were also named Johnny and the Moondogs, the Rainbows, and the British Everly Brothers. Thank God they ended up with the Beatles.

Beatles signSource: nme.com, Image: Wikipedia

Even though no one can be positive where the group’s name came from, most fans believe that John Lennon liked the name the Crickets after Buddy Holly’s band. Other sources suggest the main influence was the Beetles, the rival gang in Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. According to this source, Lennon changed the spelling to “Beatles” to reflect Beat music and the Beat Generation.

Marlon BrandoSource: nme.com, Image: YouTube

The Beatles got the inspiration for their first UK number one single “From Me to You” from the NME letters page (a British magazine), which was then called “From You to Us.” They wrote the song on a coach bus during a tour supporting Helen Shapiro.

busSource: nme.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

John Lennon was really fond of cats. He had ten while living in Weybridge with first wife, Cynthia. His mother once had a cat named Elvis because she was a big Presley fan. No wonder Lennon would later claim that “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

catsSource: nme.com, Image: YouTube

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