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The Beatles


8 People in sitter grouping:

Considered one of the most important bands of all time, The Beatles defined the swinging sixties and the rise of British bands on the international stage at the time. The band have sold over a billion records and continue to influence music today. Formed in Liverpool in 1960 and originally called The Silver Beetles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliff and George Harrison were the original members, with Ringo Starr replacing Stuart as the drummer in 1962. Managed by Brian Epstein, their musical roots lay in rock and roll music but by the late 1960s, increasingly interested in more alternative culture, they began experimenting with a range of musical influences. Their subsequent albums referenced psychedelic rock and classical music and used Indian instruments and new methods of recording sound. Let it Be, would be the band's last album they produced before splitting up and becoming solo artists. The Beatles '1' album, released in 2000, became the fastest selling album of all time.

Peter Randolph ('Pete') Best

Peter Randolph ('Pete') Best

1941-
Musician; drummer for The Beatles
Sitter in 3 portraits
Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein

1934-1967
Pop impresario; manager of The Beatles
Sitter in 10 portraits
George Harrison

George Harrison

1943-2001
Musician; member of The Beatles
Sitter in 62 portraits
John Lennon

John Lennon

1940-1980
Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles
Sitter in 74 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Sir (James) Paul McCartney

Sir (James) Paul McCartney

1942-
Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings
Sitter in 71 portraits
Sir Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)

Sir Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)

1940-
Musician; drummer for The Beatles
Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Sir George Henry Martin

Sir George Henry Martin

1926-2016
Record producer, arranger, composer and musician
Sitter in 4 portraits
Stuart Sutcliffe

Stuart Sutcliffe

1940-1962
Artist and musician
Sitter in 3 portraits