The Beatles have made their mark in the music industry multiple times and today is no exception!
On this day in 1969, their album ‘Abbey Road’ was at the No. 1 spot on the US charts and was adamant on staying there for 11 weeks. The album reached greater heights, by winning over the hearts of all those die-hard Beatles fans out there!
‘Abbey Road’ was also the last album the Beatles recorded together, before their split. The album is also famously known for its cover, that many bands and ardent fans still continue to recreate. It all happened on one bright morning in 1969 when a section of London’s Abbey Road was occupied for the brief photo shoot. For the four Beatles, the shoot finished too quickly. Despite the simple idea of just crossing the street, two or three hours were scheduled for the photo shoot and yet they finished in just about ten minutes.
This album is often hailed as a true masterpiece and perhaps it’s because the band was way ahead of their time in terms of sound and their musical vision. And of course, the album housed gems like , ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ ‘Come Together’ and ‘Something’.
And speaking of their hits, here are some of the records broken by this iconic band:
THE BEATLES ON THE BILLBOARD 200.
On Feb. 1, 1964, the group entered the chart with its first U.S. album for Capitol Records, “Meet the Beatles!” It bowed at No. 92 and sailed to No. 1 in just two weeks, rising to No. 3 in its second week, then to No. 1 in its third frame.
They have a Guinness World Record for the best selling group. They still hold that record for having sold more than 1 billion units around the world.
The Beatles have a gazillion songs in their collection but ‘Yesterday’ was the most listened to track of them all.That’s because the track, which was penned by Lennon and McCartney, has been covered more than 1,600 times. All manner of performers have produced their own version of the song, including icons like Frank Sinatra and Boyz II Men. As a result, the song now has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Throughout their run, 14 of their albums went in at number 1 in the US, an incredible achievement for any artist.
Most number 1 hit Singles, with 20 of them going to number one between the ‘60s and ‘70s. Among these are Love Me Do, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Can’t Buy Me Love, and A Hard Day’s Night. The group faces stiff competition from artists like Mariah Carey and Rihanna, but as it stands, they still hold the world record.
Along with the band, this is an entire era that will never be forgotten, from it’s wonderful music to visionary imagery.