By: Tim Bortoli
The Beatles are one of the most successful bands in history. Here are some interesting facts about The Beatles that you may not know!
Interesting Facts About The Beatles
- The Beatles have won 7 Grammy Awards and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
- The Beatles toured internationally in June 1964. They played 32 concerts over 19 days through Denmark, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
- After John Lennon proclaimed The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, the band suffered a huge backlash from religious groups in the United States. South Africa also banned airplay of Beatles records until 1971.
- Some of the bands early influences included Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins and Ray Orbison. Later, The Beatles were inspired by Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, The Byrda and The Beach Boys.
- The Beatles had 6 Diamond, 24 Multi-Platinum, 39 Platinum and 45 Gold Albums in the United States.
- While Let It Be was the last album to be released by The Beatles before their breakup, most of it was recorded before Abbey Road, their second last album.
- The Beatles incorporated many different sounds into their music including accidental guitar feedback and a resonating glass bottle.
- The band started as a skiffle group. However, they quickly moved into rock and roll.
- The Beatles were featured in an American Saturday morning cartoon series called ‘The Beatles’. 3 seasons (39 episodes total) were produced.
- The album Sgt. Pepper was one of the first pop albums to include completed lyrics. They were printed on the back cover.
- The Beatles performed ‘All You Need Is Love’ to worldwide television viewers on ‘Our World’, the first live global television link.