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The Fab Four - John, Paul, George and Ringo, no last names needed - kickstarted the British Invasion in the U.S. 

The impact of the Beatles -- George Harrison (guitar, sitar, vocals), John Lennon (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals), Ringo Starr (drums, percussion, vocals) -- has often been noted but cannot be overstated. The “Fab Four” from Liverpool, England, startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them. Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the 1960s, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade. The Beatles’ music -- with its simultaneous refinement (crisp harmonies, solid musicianship, canny pop instincts) and abandon (energetic singing and playing, much screaming and shaking of mop-topped locks) -- ignited the latent energy of youth on both sides of the Atlantic. They helped confer self-identity upon a youthful, music-based culture that flexed its muscle in myriad ways -- not just as music consumers but also as a force for political expression, social commentary, and contemporary lifestyles. More on








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