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the (used with a plural verb) British rock-‘n’-roll group (1962–70) including George Harrison, (born 1943), John (Winston) Lennon
[len-uh n] /ˈlɛn ən/ (Show IPA) (1940–80), Paul (James) McCartney
[muh-kahrt-nee] /məˈkɑrt ni/ (Show IPA) (born 1942), and Ringo
[ring-goh] /ˈrɪŋ goʊ/ (Show IPA), Starr, (Richard Starkey) (born 1940).
Contemporary Examples

I recently realized that none of the Beatles lost their hair– none of them went bald.
Tracey Ullman’s 11 Favorite British Performances Ever Tracey Ullman December 25, 2010

The Times sent him to cover the 1964 title fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston, where he met the Beatles.
On the Peninsula Bryan Curtis April 24, 2011

How did the Beatles ever manage to inspire such frenzy in the first place?
What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’ John McMillian October 30, 2013

Just two years ago, the Jonas Brothers were being compared to the Beatles.
Exclusive: Disney’s Troubling Internal Research on the Jonas Brothers Nicole LaPorte June 17, 2010

The Beatles of 1964 were unique, but the joy they embodied was not.
The Beatles and JFK 50 Years Later Nicolaus Mills February 1, 2014

Rachel at one point moseys the streets of Manhattan, despondent and introspective, while singing the Beatles ballad “Yesterday.”
The First ‘Glee’ Without Cory Monteith Was Blissfully Joyous Kevin Fallon September 26, 2013

Backbeat follows the early days of the Beatles in Germany and focuses on Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon.
11 On-Screen Portrayals of the Beatles Sujay Kumar October 6, 2010

The Daily Pic: Michael Rakowitz takes the Beatles to a troubled Middle East.
Fab Four Falafel Blake Gopnik October 9, 2012

One year into her tenure, the Beatles decided to craft a special little record for members of their official fan club.
The Beatles’ Secretary, Good Ol’ Freda, Breaks Silence in Exclusive SXSW Interview Marlow Stern March 13, 2013

The Beatles were also distinctive in the ways they related to their female followers.
What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’ John McMillian October 30, 2013


seminal rock and pop group formed in Liverpool, England; named as such 1960 (after a succession of other names), supposedly by then-bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, from beetles (on model of Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets) with a pun on the musical sense of beat. Their global popularity dates to 1963.

A rock ‘n’ roll singing group from Liverpool, England, that was phenomenally popular in the middle and late 1960s. The intense devotion of the group’s fans, especially the hysterical screaming that the Beatles provoked in large crowds of teenagers, was called Beatlemania. The four Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Among their many popular songs, most of which were written by Lennon and McCartney, were “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Hey, Jude.”


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