The Beatles

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  • John (on bringing Paul into the band): I'd been kingpin up to then. Now, I thought, if I take him on, what will happen? But he was good. He also looked like Elvis.

  • Paul: I knew the words to 25 rock songs, so I got in the group. "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti-Frutti", that got me in. That was my audition.

  • Paul: I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest.

  • George: I didn't like the look of Rory's drummer, myself. He looked the nasty one, with his little grey streak of hair. But the nastier one turned out to be Ringo, the nicest of them all.

  • Paul: Hamburg totally wrecked us. I remember getting home to England and my dad thought I was half-dead. I looked like a skeleton. I hadn't noticed the change, I'd been having such a ball!

  • Brian Epstein (on seeing "the boys" at the Cavern): I was amazed by this … beat music.

  • Paul: If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.

  • John: We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us. None of us would've made it alone - because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George was too quiet and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that everyone would be able to dig at least one of us - and that's how it turned out.

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Trivia (27)

  • On November 11, 2013, The Beatles will release their first "new" album in almost 20 years : On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 (a follow-up to their 1994 release of Live at the BBC). It will not only include 40 new musical tracks, but almost two dozen tracks of radio banter, "skits" & bits - which fans had previously only had access to via bootlegs.

  • On June 5, 2012, a new 4K, frame-by-frame digital restoration of The Beatles' classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc. It will also be shown in select theaters across the U.S. At the same time, a new digitally remastered soundtrack CD will be released as well. EMI's press release says that "due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film's restored photochemical elements." All the work was done by hand, one frame at a time. According to EMI, the original melding of "live-action photography with animation, 3-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic 'rotoscoping'" (where film is traced frame by frame into drawings), "took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists" to complete.

  • On November 16, 2010, after years of bitter wrangling and legal disputes, the entire Beatles catalog of thirteen studio albums, Past Masters and the Red and Blue greatest-hits albums were released for digital distribution on Apple, Inc.'s iTunes. The tracks were made available as either complete album purchases or individual downloads`. At the same time, a rare video recording of the fab four's first US concert (1964) was also released for purchase as part of a digital "boxed set" of the entire catalogue - and, for a limited time, for free streaming as well.

  • On September 9th, 2009, Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games released The Beatles: RockBand music video game, including 45 digitally remixed Beatles songs (additional tracks have since become available as downloads). On the same day, after a painstaking four-year-long digital remastering process, the core Beatles catalogue was reissued, including the Past Masters compilation of rare and non-album tracks. Three months later, the catalogue was released digitally for the first time on an official, limited edition run of 30,000 USB flash drives - in both FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), an open and royalty-free digital format, and the more widely used MP3 format (a patented audio encoding process of lesser quality). The Beatles had finally entered the digital age - with a bang!

  • In 2009, the Recording Industry Association of America certified that The Beatles have sold more albums in the United States than any other recording artist/s in history.

  • In 2008, Billboard magazine celebrated the U.S. singles chart's fiftieth anniversary by releasing a comprehensive list of the all-time top-selling Hot 100 artists - and the Beatles ranked number one - followed by Madonna, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder. Paul McCartney and Wings came in at #11, the only former Beatle to make the Top 100.

  • The Beatles' 2006 compilation/remix album, Love, was their first album available in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound (as a DVD audio disc). Although not officially credited to The Beatles, the album won two GRAMMY Awards - which were shared by George & Giles Martin as producers and Paul Hicks and Tim Young, engineers.

  • Although the GRAMMY website only shows The Beatles as having won a total of 7 GRAMMY Awards - including three in 1996 for new recordings and music videos connected with The Beatles Anthology series - other sources, not counting individual, post-Beatle awards, credit the band with anywhere from 12 to 20 Grammies (often depending on what is defined as a Beatles award and what is considered an individual award).

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