Without doubt the Beatles were one of the most popular and influential artists in contemporary music. Formed in Liverpool in 1960 the Beatles went on to become the most commercially successful artist of all time with estimated world wide sales of over a billion units. The Beatles songs and albums cover many different genres from rock n roll to classical and each member of the Beatles played more than just one instrument.
In the Beatles most successful line up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr the band set the bench mark for pop and rock bands for a generation. Generally and especially in the Beatles early material, Lennon played rhythm guitar, Harrison lead guitar, McCartney bass guitar and Ringo Starr played drums. However as the band began to explore different genres the members would increasingly play a larger variety or different combination of instruments.
John Lennon : Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keys and Vocals.
Paul McCartney : Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano and Vocals.
George Harrison : Guitar, Sitar, Ukelele, Bass Guitar, Piano, Percussion and Vocals.
Ringo Starr : Drums, Percussion, Vocals and occasional Keys and Guitar.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote and sang the majority of Beatles songs but both Ringo and George have written and sang lead vocals on some of the Beatles material.