The Beatles - the "Fab Four" - were probably the greatest musical force of the 20th century. Their music inspired millions of people to pick up the guitar and try to be in a rock and roll band, and their melodies have been heard in every country of the world. Four young men from Liverpool, England got together and created something the world will probably never see or hear again, and their musical influence, style, and affect on pop culture have made them legends and icons. The writing duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney is without a doubt the most successful pairing of any two songwriters ever, and the addition of George Harrison and Ringo Starr completed the ensemble. In their day they were the biggest thing in the world, and their songs have been performed by symphonies for Kings and Queens, Presidents and Princes, and you and me. You can do no wrong by buying a few Beatles CDs and opening your mind to their endearing melodies and innovative harmonies, and I urge every young musician out there to listen to the magic that was the Beatles.

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