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Group Members John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Past Group Members John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Stuart Sutcliffe
Pete Best
Music Genre(s) Rock
Pop
Psychedelia
Music Genre Rock
Origin Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Liverpool, England
Year(s) Active 1960–1970
Record Label Parlophone
Apple
Capitol
Official Websites thebeatles.com
thebeatles.com
Associated Acts The Quarrymen
Billy Preston
Plastic Ono Band
Tony Sheridan
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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are often regarded as the most influential band of all time. The group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. Their sound, rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways. They also pioneered recording techniques and explored music styles ranging from 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 socio-cultural movements.

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