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"Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup, They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe." - Across The Universe by The Beatles


This young fella never knew what was going to happen to him when he was this young. The fact is that John Lennon was a child who grew up raising a band behind him, and he created a band that was a really big act.

This is Mr. Lennon in the late 1950's, when he had the band called the Quarry Men. Paul and George had joined, but Ringo hadn't, and the Beatle style of music along with their compressed looks and mop tops were not quite formed yet.

1964 was the year after the Kennedy assassination, the Cold War was at a climax, and the Beatles had released the albums of "A Hard Day's Night" and "Beatles For Sale". Within these albums John Lennon (Pictured here playing a Gretch guitar) lead the Beatles up the charts to having three number 1 hits off their two albums produced that year.

John Lennon is seen here in 1968 with his guitar playing some of his last music with the group that everyone would recall as the Beatles. Though many thoughts of war and peace have passed through his mind, and McCartney along with the rest of the group are experiencing financial battles, the Beatles had shown their last signs signing together with long hair and beards.

Throughout the end of the Beatles singing career together, and the beginning of John Lennon's solo career, he and his wife Yoko Ono, performed what they had called 'bed in for peace.' Lennon and his wife were trying to send a message to the world to grow your hair long, stay in bed to support the peace effort towards the war.

The candles and peace signs held by hand represent the many to honor a music legend. John Lennon had been assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8th 1980 outside of his New York City apartment called "The Drake." Many had mourned his loss in different ways. His wife Yoko Ono was known for saying that he was a mind man to anyone in the world, and was willing to help anyone. With that said John Lennon had gone out this world with the reflection of the word peace lined up next to his name.

Here is a young lad, whose future during the course of his school years were fantastic, but when he had joined up with the Beatles in the late '50's, his life as a star was on the rise.

In his early days, Paul McCartney first started off playing the guitar (AS SEEN ABOVE), and then when he joined the quarrymen he was the only one willing to move to the bass guitar, while both John Lennon and George Harrison played guitar.
Paul McCartney displays his Hofner violin bass before performing in 1964.
In 1970 the Beatles had mixed opinions on management and financial matters, with Paul McCartney being the only one of the group to disagree on the situation. This was also a time for promoting peace throughout the rest of the world due to the Vietnam War, and the many casualties that have been lost. Throughout these depressing times McCartney had longer hair and the beard to end the Beatles singing career together. Now that the eight year tenure with the Beatles has ended, McCartney (PICTURED BOTTOM LEFT) began touring with his new band called the Wings. The Wings included: Paul McCartney - Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Drums, Denny Laine - Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Jimmy McCulloch - Guitars, Vocals, Linda McCartney - Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion, and Joe English - Drums. Furthurmore, Denny Laine was an ex-Moody Blues member, and wife Linda McCartney had never played a musical instrument in her life before playing in Wings. Later on in the '70's and the early "80's the band had included Denny Seiwell - Drums 1971, Henry McCullough - Guitars, Vocals 1972, Geoff Britton - Drums 1974, Laurence Juber - Guitars, Vocals 1979, and Steve Holly - Drums 1979.
Today Paul McCartney lives happily with his wife Heather Mills (pictured above). The two had a daughter named Beatrice Mlly McCartney in 2003. Their daughter was named after a grandmother that Paul had. This young man on the left side of the page may look like just another young boy, but later on in life George Harrison became the lead guitarist for the Beatles.
Being a good friend of Paul McCartney's in school, George Harrison had met up with John Lennon and the rest of the Quarry Men in the late 1950's. John Lennon liked the fact that he was a good guitarist that was improving very quickly, and Paul McCartney was glad to have a fellow friend along with a strong guitarist in the group. In 1965 the Beatles were starting to build bigger and better albums, not to mention concerts. George Harrison played a large role in the success of the Beatles during this time with his growing guitar talent, and his willingness to play for a world class band.
George Harrison started working with his solo career long before the Beatles decided to break up. This photo is the one posted on their Let It Be album in 1970. After working with the Hindu's in India, George Harrison came back to the United States and Great Britain in his post career. He's worked with various artists in his post career such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and his son Dhani Harrison.
After a long career in Rock N' Roll, George Harrison suffers from cancer, and then passes away on November 29th 2001. Harrison performed one more album called Brainwashed with his son (Dhani) and Jeff Lynne throughout the year, and it was set for release in 2002. Ringo Starr represents the oldest of the four Beatles. He was born in 1940, just before John Lennon. Ever since he was around this age, this little fella would look at drum sets through the windows, without displaying interest towards any of the other instruments in store.
1963 was a year of questions being thrown at the Beatles by the press. With a long face, Ringo Starr sits and answers questions about the rising of the "Fab Four." 1967 was a tremendous year for both Rock N' Roll and the Beatles, because one of the greatest albums known as Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was created by the Beatles. During these struggling times with many, Ringo Starr along with the rest of the Beatles dressed up similar to each other with a colorful appeal.
This is a picture of Ringo Starr in 1969, during the end of an eight year tenure with the Beatles. This picture was later put onto the Beatles last album known as 'Let It Be.' When the Beatles were thought of as old news, and everyone was going they're different ways, Ringo Starr started his post career as an actor, and then moved onto create an "All Starr Band." This band featured many of his close friends playing many different Rock N' Roll tunes of the '70's and '80's.
Today, Ringo Starr lives a peaceful humble life presenting his ever so familiar reputation that once help inflate the Beatles.