The Beatles were a band that was active from 1960-1970, though they only became prominent in the US starting in about 1964. The Beatles were comprised of four young gents from Liverpool; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (Born Richard Starkey), and George Harrison. They got their start by performing music at Liverpool, England’s Cavern Club for a time.
The British Invasion
Thanks in part to The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles’ music reached the US on February 9th, 1964. This began the influx of music known as the “British Invasion”, where the music of similar bands such as The Animals, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks flooded into the US. The Beatles’ career began with performing romantic songs such as “Eight Days A Week” and “And I Love Her,” though their musical style later slanted towards a more psychedelic rock-style.