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The Beatles, Most Iconic Band in History

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles are considered by many to be the most successful rock band of all time. They were together from 1960 through 1970 where they conquered the UK, the US and the world. They consisted of four members: John Lennon (rhythm guitar, harmonica), Paul McCartney (bass guitar), George Harrison (lead guitar) and Ringo Starr (drums, from August 1962 – 1970).

The band began as a skiffle group formed by John Lennon in Liverpool, UK in early 1957 called The Quarrymen. On 6th July 1957 Paul McCartney met John Lennon at aQuarrymen performance and within a few days had joined the band. George Harrisonwas introduced to John and the rest of the band by Paul in February 1958, but was not invited to join right away due to his only being 14 years old. Since John and Paul were playing rhythm guitar and they needed a suitable lead guitarist, George was eventually let into the group as the lead guitarist in March 1958. Original Quarrymen drummer Colin Hanton left the band in 1959 and they had to go through a few other drummers and sometimes let drummers from other bands fill in for them. In January 1960, Stuart Sutcliffe, John’s close friend from art college joined the band as bassist, agreeing to learn how to play and to remain sort of in the background until he became proficient with his instrument. Over these forming years came changes in name. For a short time they were calling themselves Johnny and The MoondogsStuart Sutcliffe suggested Beetlesat some point as a similarity to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Liking the idea, the band changed their name to Long John and The Silver Beetles. This was shortened to The Silver Beetles and then, by August 1960, The Beatles, using an ‘a’ in the spelling as a pun meant to suggest “beat music”.

**Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Terry O’ Neill and is available to purchase here.

 

 


Ringo Starr, One Of The Best Drummers Of All Time

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940) better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles’ drummer in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine”, and The Beatles version of “Act Naturally”), as co-writer with the song “What Goes On” and writer with “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”.

As drummer for The Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band’s music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times. Starr described himself as “your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills”, technically limited by being a left-handed person playing a right-handed kit.  Drummer Steve Smith said that Starr’s popularity “brought forth a new paradigm” where “we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect” and that Starr “composed unique, stylistic drum parts for The Beatles songs”. In 2011, Starr was picked as the fifth-best drummer of all-time by Rolling Stone readers.

Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor-Beatle, playing a central role in several Beatles films, and appearing in numerous other movies, both during and after his career with The Beatles. After The Beatles’ break-up in 1970, Starr achieved solo musical success with several singles and albums, and recorded with each of his fellow ex-Beatles as they too developed their post-Beatle musical careers. He has also been featured in a number of TV documentaries, hosted TV shows, narrated the first two series of the children’s television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and portrayed “Mr. Conductor” during the first season of the PBS children’s television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, Starr has toured with eleven versions of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

 

**Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Terry O’ Neill and is available to purchase here.


George Harrison, Beatle

George Harrison

George Harrison


The Beatles, Most Iconic Band in History

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles are considered by many to be the most successful rock band of all time. They were together from 1960 through 1970 where they conquered the UK, the US and the world. They consisted of four members: John Lennon (rhythm guitar, harmonica), Paul McCartney (bass guitar), George Harrison (lead guitar) and Ringo Starr (drums, from August 1962 – 1970).

The band began as a skiffle group formed by John Lennon in Liverpool, UK in early 1957 called The Quarrymen. On 6th July 1957 Paul McCartney met John Lennon at aQuarrymen performance and within a few days had joined the band. George Harrisonwas introduced to John and the rest of the band by Paul in February 1958, but was not invited to join right away due to his only being 14 years old. Since John and Paul were playing rhythm guitar and they needed a suitable lead guitarist, George was eventually let into the group as the lead guitarist in March 1958. Original Quarrymen drummer Colin Hanton left the band in 1959 and they had to go through a few other drummers and sometimes let drummers from other bands fill in for them. In January 1960, Stuart Sutcliffe, John’s close friend from art college joined the band as bassist, agreeing to learn how to play and to remain sort of in the background until he became proficient with his instrument. Over these forming years came changes in name. For a short time they were calling themselves Johnny and The MoondogsStuart Sutcliffe suggested Beetlesat some point as a similarity to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Liking the idea, the band changed their name to Long John and The Silver Beetles. This was shortened to The Silver Beetles and then, by August 1960, The Beatles, using an ‘a’ in the spelling as a pun meant to suggest “beat music”.

**Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Terry O’ Neill and is available to purchase here.

 

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George Harrison, Beatle

George Harrison

George Harrison

George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience.  Following the band’s break-up he was a successful solo artist, and later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 11 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

Although most of The Beatles’ songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Beatle albums generally included one or two of Harrison’s own songs, from With The Beatles onwards.  His later compositions with The Beatles include “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. By the time of the band’s break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, “My Sweet Lord” backed with “Isn’t It a Pity”, and “What Is Life”. In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison.

Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid-1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised the first major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna.

He was married twice, to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974, and for 23 years to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. He is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

 

**Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Terry O’ Neill and is available to purchase here.


The Beatles, Most Famous Band Of All Time

The Beatles

The Beatles photographed by Terry O' Neill.

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. The group’s best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”; as their songwriting grew in sophistication by the late 1960s, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

Initially a five-piece lineup of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe (bass) and Pete Best (drums), they built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Sutcliffe left the group in 1961, and Best was replaced by Starr the following year. Moulded into a professional act by manager Brian Epstein, their musical potential was enhanced by the creativity of producer George Martin. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, “Love Me Do”, became a modest hit in late 1962, and they acquired the nickname the “Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year. By early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market. The band toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, the ex-Beatles each found success in individual musical careers. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.

The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over one billion units.  They have had more number-one albums on the UK charts and have held the top spot longer than any other musical act. According to the RIAA, they have sold more albums in the US than any other artist, and in 2008 they topped Billboard magazine’s list of all-time Hot 100 artists. They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. They were collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people.

 

**Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Terry O’ Neill and is available to purchase here.


George Harrison, The Beatles Guitarist

George Harrison

George Harrison photographed by Gered Mankowitz

George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience.  Following the band’s break-up he was a successful solo artist, and later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 11 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Although most of The Beatles’ songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Beatle albums generally included one or two of Harrison’s own songs, from With The Beatles onwards.  His later compositions with The Beatles include “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. By the time of the band’s break-up, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which two hit singles originated: a double A-side single, “My Sweet Lord” backed with “Isn’t It a Pity”, and “What Is Life”. In addition to his solo work, Harrison co-wrote two hits for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as songs for the Traveling Wilburys—the supergroup he formed in 1988 with Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison. Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid-1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised the first major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he was also a record producer and co-founder of the production company HandMade Films. In his work as a film producer, he collaborated with people as diverse as the members of Monty Python and Madonna. He was married twice, to model Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974, and for 23 years to record company secretary Olivia Trinidad Arias, with whom he had one son, Dhani Harrison. He was a close friend of Eric Clapton. He is the only Beatle to have published an autobiography, with I Me Mine in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.   **Picture shown is available in limited edition print of only 50 in different sizes, signed and numbered by Gered Mankowitz  and is available to purchase here.


THE BEATLES BY TERRY O’NEILL

Formed in 1960 The Beatles are the most famous band in the world selling millions of records every year to this day. The British legendary photographer Terry O’Neill snapped this amazing photograph in in 1963 just before they hit the big time Terry tells me. Note who features first in the line up?

There’s probably no other group in the world that have received the same glitz and glamour that the group of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr has received. Since they first debuted in the late 1950’s, The Beatles made their way into the airwaves and into the hearts of people the world over.

Now, what is the best memorabilia for every Beatles fan? This once in a lifetime photograph taken fresh out of Liverpool yard in 1963 is a milestone, taken right before they even get their first Number 1 hit! Each of them holds their own instruments and poses for the camera like pros. Watch as the Beatles stare right at you with music in their eyes as you walk down memory lane of collarless suits and mop-top haircuts. Now is your chance to own a limited edition original Terry O’Neill photograph, the man behind the lens when this shot was taken.

With over five decades of solid experience in the field of photography, Terry O’Neill was able to capture hundreds of memorable events in the lives of famous people. During his teenage years, Terry already had big ambitions so at 14, he decided to leave school to find what he thinks would be his calling in life – a jazz band. Soon after, Terry attended art school and became interested in photojournalism. While working at the London Heathrow Airport, he took snapshots of famous personalities and in 1959, his first photograph was published, a photo of then current secretary Rab Butler. After a year, Terry received one of the best offers of his life and that was to work for the most prestigious picture paper at that time, the Daily Sketch.

Since then, Terry O’Neill has been taking photographs and uses high quality silver gelatin to ensure vivid images like they were from yesterday.

Available from a limited edition of only 50 each print is signed by Terry O’Neill and numbered. We deliver worldwide so for further information on which sizes are left and available to purchase please contact richardevans@legendecelebrityart.com or call him on 020 3375 8207.

This photograph is now PRICE ON APPLICATION due to its huge success with collectors.

BUY NOW! THE BEATLES