By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Beatles were a British rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, made up of the “Fab Four” musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. By 1964, “Beatlemania” had swept across the world, as the group became international stars. Lennon was tragically assassinated in 1980 at age 40, and Harrison died from lung cancer in 2001 at age 58, leaving behind Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison as widows. However, McCartney and Starr are alive and well, and they’re teaming up with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, Yoko Ono, and Olivia to create a documentary about the Fab Four’s rise to fame from 1960-1966.
The film doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s scheduled to open by the end of next year. Why announce such a mega project now? Well, a few months ago, on February 9, the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles performing on the popular The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA, which is when Beatlemania truly began spreading like wildfire. So, the timing of this documentary’s announcement is no accident!
Howard feels honored to be working on the film, and said, “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.” His words are certainly no exaggeration, because the Beatles are the best-selling band in the USA, with 177 million units sold, and are the best-selling band in history overall, with an estimated 600 million records worldwide. They’ve also had more number-one albums on the British charts and the most singles in the UK than anyone else, and currently hold the record for most number-one hits on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart. As for their biggest Hot 100 songs, Billboard lists the top 5 as “Hey Jude” (1968) at #1, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (1963) at #2, “She Loves You” (1963) at #3, “Get Back” (1969) at #4, and “Let It Be” (1970) at #5.
Image of Ron Howard courtesy of David Shankbone on Wikipedia.