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The Beatles

As the greatest act in the history of popular music (just my opinion, obviously) the Fab Four are a popular subject for quiz questions.  So they get a page to themselves.

People

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Oldest Beatle, first to become a grandfather 7 July 1940 Click to show or hide the answer
Second oldest, but the first to marry 9 October 1940 Click to show or hide the answer
18 June 1942 Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest Beatle, first to die of natural causes 25 February 1943 Click to show or hide the answer

The Beatles' original bassist: left in July 1961 to stay in Hamburg and concentrate on painting; died of a brain haemorrhage in April 1962, aged 21 Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles' original drummer – said to be the most popular with fans, but an outsider within the group. Sacked in August 1962 after George Martin used a session drummer for their first recording session. [Two versions of Love Me Do were released, the first in October 1962. Ringo played on one and a session drummer on the other – the UK single version had Ringo.] Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles' manager, from January 1962; director of the family music rental business, NEMS (North End Music Stores); introduced them to George Martin; died August 1967 – three months after the release of Sgt. Pepper Click to show or hide the answer
The only artiste to receive a joint credit on a Beatles recording – played piano on Get Back, which was credited to "The Beatles with ... ", and also in their last live public performance (1969) Click to show or hide the answer
Producer of virtually all the Beatles' records Click to show or hide the answer
Producer of the Let It Be album Click to show or hide the answer
Recording engineer on their first 11 singles (including 9 UK No. 1s); later had two Top Twenty hits himself (Oh Babe, what would you say?, 1972); died in 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles' publicist: died in 2016, three days after his 80th birthday Click to show or hide the answer

Band that Ringo left to join the Beatles Click to show or hide the answer

The Fifth Beatle

This title has probably been afforded to anyone (they are all male) who ever had a meaningful artistic or professional relationship with the Beatles - and even a few who didn't. There are so many of them that I've created a separate page to list them. 

Songs: Titles

Miss Daisy Hawkins: original title of Click to show or hide the answer
Song whose title Charles Manson gave to the race war that he anticipated – daubed on a fridge in the house where the murders took place, and used as the title of a book and TV film based on Manson's murder trial Click to show or hide the answer
First single on the Apple label; at 7:11, the longest No. 1 single (up to that time) Click to show or hide the answer
1971 (post–Beatle) George Harrison single, found in the US federal court to have 'subconsciously plagiarized' the Chiffons' He's So Fine Click to show or hide the answer
Subtitled This Bird Has Flown Click to show or hide the answer
Beatles single that was No. 1 in the UK when England won the World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles's best–selling single, the UK's best–selling single of the 1960s, and the first single ever to sell over a million copies Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a Salvation Army orphanage near John Lennon's home Click to show or hide the answer
More cover versions than any other song (Guinness Book of Records – over 3,000); original working title Scrambled eggs Click to show or hide the answer

Songs: Details

Martha My Dear: written by Paul McCartney for Click to show or hide the answer
Hey Jude: written by Paul McCartney for Click to show or hide the answer
Sexy Sadie: about Lennon's disillusionment with Click to show or hide the answer
Played lead guitar on While My Guitar Gently Weeps Click to show or hide the answer
Found Gideon's Bible in his hotel room (in a song from the White Album) Click to show or hide the answer
From the same song: "Her name was McGill, she called herself Lil, but everyone knew her as ... " Click to show or hide the answer

Songs: Best Sellers

The Beatles had five of the UK's seven best–selling singles of the 1960s. (Tears by Ken Dodd was third, and The Carnival is Over by The Seekers was sixth.)

The Beatles's top five were:

No.Title Date Released
1She Loves You 23 August 1963
2I Want to Hold Your Hand 29 November 1963
4Can't Buy Me Love 20 March 1964
5I Feel Fine 27 November 1964
7We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper 3 December 1965

In case you were wondering which three songs completed the Top Ten, they were: Release Me (Englebert Humperdinck), It's Now or Never (Elvis Presley), and Green, Green Grass of Home (Tom Jones). The Beatles's next entry was either From Me To You or Hey Jude (depending on who you ask), at about No. 18 or 20. For more best–selling records of the 1960s, go to Wikipedia.

No Beatles song features in the UK's Top 20 best–selling singles of the 1970s. But Mull of Kintyre / Girls' School, by Wings (1977) is at No. 1.

Films

Their first film (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Played Paul's (fictional) grandad in A Hard Day's Night Click to show or hide the answer
Their second film, and first in colour (1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Cartoon film (1968): featured Nowhere Man Click to show or hide the answer
Villains in Yellow Submarine (film) Click to show or hide the answer

Miscellaneous

Address of the Cavern Club Click to show or hide the answer
Album almost called Everest – after the brand of cigarettes smoked by a recording engineer Click to show or hide the answer
Designer of the Sergeant Pepper album cover (assisted by US pop artist Jann Haworth) Click to show or hide the answer
Appears three times on the cover of the Sergeant Pepper album Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Their last US concert (1966) – San Francisco (home of the 49ers) Click to show or hide the answer
Prestigious New York venue where the Beatles played their second and third US concerts Click to show or hide the answer
Indoor arena in Washington DC where the Beatles played their first US concert (February 1964) – now a 'parking lot' Click to show or hide the answer
Label that famously auditioned them and turned them down Click to show or hide the answer
Variety of apple depicted on the Apple label Click to show or hide the answer
Yoko Ono's 1964 book of instructions, regarded as an early example of conceptual art Click to show or hide the answer
Amphitheatre in Los Angeles where the Beatles played in 1964 and 1965 – live album released 1977 Click to show or hide the answer
Granada regional programme on which the Beatles made three of their first four studio TV appearances (1962 – Oct, Oct, Dec – see below) Click to show or hide the answer
Stadium in Flushing, Queens, New York, which the Beatles played on their second US tour (1965) – one of the first major stadium concerts; subject of a TV documentary produced by Ed Sullivan. Demolished in 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Club in Hamburg, where they first appeared as The Beatles Click to show or hide the answer
Rediffusion programme that gave the Beatles their third TV appearance and their first outside the Granada region (December 1962) Click to show or hide the answer
Their last public live performance – on the roof of the Apple office, Savile Row (with Billy Preston) Click to show or hide the answer
Let It Be released Click to show or hide the answer
Paul McCartney filed suit for the dissolution of the Beatles's contractual partnership Click to show or hide the answer

If asked what year the Beatles split up, the answer is 1970.

Order in which they're crossing the road in the iconic Abbey Road album sleeve photo Click to show or hide the answer
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The Charts

Released by Polydor in 1961 (credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beatles; reached No. 48) Click to show or hide the answer
Their first UK single (reached No. 17, October 1962) Click to show or hide the answer
Second single, and first UK Top Ten single (No. 2, January 1963); also the title of their first album Click to show or hide the answer
Third single, and first UK No. 1 single (April 1963) Click to show or hide the answer
Second UK No. 1, first UK million seller; biggest selling UK single (1.5m); quoted at the end of All You Need Is Love Click to show or hide the answer
Third UK No. 1; the best–selling British single of all time (13 million copies worldwide) Click to show or hide the answer
The last of their 7 consecutive UK No. 1s (1964–6) Click to show or hide the answer
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Their only single between From Me to You (1963) and Something / Come Together (1969) not to reach No. 1 in the UK Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
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Their 9th UK No. 1, last UK million seller (1965 – double 'A' side) Click to show or hide the answer
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Their last UK No. 1 single on the Parlophone label (March 1968) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Their first single on the Apple label (September 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Their only single to enter the UK charts at No. 1 (April 1969) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Their last UK No. 1 (1969): the title didn't appear in the lyrics Click to show or hide the answer
1995 single – reached no. 2 Click to show or hide the answer
1996 single that Radio 1 was reluctant to play Click to show or hide the answer
Lennon & McCartney song that has been a No. 1 for three acts other than the Beatles (Joe Cocker in 1968, Wet Wet Wet in 1988, and Sam & Mark in 2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Number of tracks on the 2000 compilation 1 – all No. 1s in UK or USA Click to show or hide the answer
UK No. 1 singles (including two double A–sides, each counting as one) Click to show or hide the answer

Post–Beatles No. 1s

30 January 1971 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 5 weeks
9 December 1977 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 9 weeks
20 December 1980 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1 week
7 February 1981 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 weeks
4 January 1981 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 4 weeks
24 April 1982 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 3 weeks
20 May 1989 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 weeks
14 January 1984 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 2 weeks
25 January 2002 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer 1 week

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