Introduction

 
In the 1960s, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr formed the most influential band of all time. Some explain the phenomena as timing or that manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin were simply waiting in the wings to successfully manage and produce any band that came along.

However, no other band has come close to the musical accomplishments of the Beatles. It was unquestionably their huge collective talent that produced almost a decade of remarkable music. As Paul McCartney put it, "It wasn't so much that Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles but that the Beatles discovered Brian Epstein."

Although Beatles records were produced in Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia and other countries, I discuss only those released in the United States and Great Britain, primarily because they had the largest market and produced the most unique releases. Every effort and several years of research went into making this page as accurate as possible. There are, however, conflicting "facts" even among Beatles historians making some errors inevitable.


 

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