10 Facts About The Beatles

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The Beatles' songs are beloved, hated, and exhaustively analyzed by a new generation every few years. Here are a few facts about this legendary band.


1
As of 2012, the Beatles have sold over 2 billion albums.

2
No one is quite sure where the name “Beatles” originated.

3
The Beatles have spent a record 1,278 weeks on the Billboard chart.

4
The Beatles are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the Billboard chart.

5
The Beatles’ last live performance was in 1966 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

6
All four Beatles contracted gonorrhea in Hamburg early in their career.

7
In “Hey Jude,” Paul McCartney can be faintly heard saying “Oh f***ing hell” after he made a mistake during the recording of the song.

8
The BBC banned several Beatles songs.

9
The Beatles once bought a private island in Greece with the hopes of living there together, away from screaming fans.

10
Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to marijuana. Paul McCartney would later become an outspoken advocate for its legalization.