Birth Place: Liverpool, England Years Active: 1960–1970 Genres: Rock, Pop
The Beatles was an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as “Beatlemania,” transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistic... Continue Bio >>
The Beatles #EditorsPicks "When (The Beatles) arrived in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon they didn’t go directly to the Odeon Cinema in New Street but instead they made their way to Digbeth Police Station.
They were then taken into the back of a police van which drove them the wrong way up a one way street, almost knocking an unsuspecting motorcyclist from his bike. The van dropped them off at the Exchange pub in Stephenson Place. They then walked down a long passage, through the cellar and over a wall. This was the only way they could avoid the crowd of 2,000 fans."
The Beatles played Birmingham on 11th October 1964, shortly after returning from their groundbreaking USA tour.
Birmingham Mail have put together a really wonderful gallery of photographs from the event - of the fans, the police, and the band messing around with everyone. You can check them out, here: <a href="http://gnikn.us/BeatlesBirmingham" target="_blank">http://gnikn.us/BeatlesBirmingham</a>