Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Beatles?
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How Well Do You Know the Beatles?
By: Deborah Beckwin
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About This Quiz

In the mid-1960s, a musical phenomenon happened in the United States, called the British Invasion. And you could say that the Beatles were in the lead ship of the armada. Other bands, such as the Rolling Stones and the Kinks, also became popular during that time. The interest in rock and roll was growing as young people were looking for new ways to express themselves. Brit bands found much of their inspiration from African American culture, specifically jazz and the blues.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison made up the final version of the rock band, the Beatles. Before they made their way across the pond, they were making their way in the U.K. and also in Hamburg, Germany, where they got their mod look: the shaggy mop-top hair, the mod suits and the stylish black boots.

Beatlemania in the U.S. was a part of that British Invasion. News organizations were curious about these lads from Liverpool. Their breakthrough performance was their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," when almost half of the American population was watching. Little did anyone know how iconic and important that performance would be for popular culture, let alone for the band themselves.

The Beatles evolved their sound from head-bopping pop tunes and blues covers to more psychedelic music, influenced by their time in India. By the time they officially broke up in 1970, the Beatles had released 13 studio albums. Their music launched and influenced countless bands, even today.

So are you ready for a magical mystery tour of a quiz? We hope you have fun and get to "The End."

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What is Ringo Starr's birth name?
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How many studio albums did the Beatles release?
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Who is the oldest Beatle?
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Who was the youngest Beatle?
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What was the first song Paul McCartney ever wrote?
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What is Paul McCartney's real first name?
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What British band did John and Paul sing backing vocals for?
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Which Beatles album exclusively has Lennon-McCartney songs?
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What is John saying at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever"?
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Who was the first Beatle to leave the group?
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Which Beatles song was the only song written by George Harrison to be released as a single?
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In 1966, John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than what popular religious figure?
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Which song was NOT banned by the BBC because of drug references?
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What was the working title for the movie "Help!"?
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Which Beatle did not attend Eric Clapton's wedding in 1979?
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Who was never a part of the Beatles?
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In "All You Need Is Love," what song is NOT musically alluded to?
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Where was the last Beatles concert held?
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How many Grammys have the Beatles been nominated for?
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How many Grammys have the Beatles won?
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Producer George Martin was not impressed with Ringo Starr's drumming ability and made him only play the tambourine on which song?
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Which song title was inspired by Paul's dog?
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"Hey Jude" was written about whom?
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How much were the Beatles paid for their three performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show"?
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What Beatles single was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart a week before their fateful performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"?
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On their first live performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," what was the first song that the Beatles performed?
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What famous singer sent a telegram before "The Ed Sullivan Show" performance, congratulating the Beatles?
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In what city was the first Beatles concert in the U.S. held?
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The "Abbey Road" album cover is the apex of the "Paul is dead" conspiracy theory. So why was Paul barefoot?
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Who did John write the song "Julia" about?
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Post-breakup (April 1970), who was the first to have a No. 1 hit single in the U.S.?
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What did Paul McCartney use as a placeholder before he found the word "Yesterday"?
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What was the last song that all four Beatles recorded together?
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What album was producer Phil Spector brought on to help remix?
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