Are the Beatles dead

John, Paul, George, Ringo - the four Beatles personally

John Winston Lennon (later John Ono Lennon)

Born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool; Shot dead by a mentally confused fan in New York on December 8, 1980.

John is the rebel among the Beatles. At school he is considered a constant troublemaker. He left the Liverpool art academy, which he later attended, without a degree. His father Fred, a sailor, separated from his family when his son was five years old.

John grows up with his aunt Mimi, but still has regular contact with his mother Julia. She is musically gifted herself and teaches him to play the banjo. 1958 Julia is hit by a car and dies. John is the first of the four Beatles to found his own band and perform in front of an audience.

When the Beatles were at the height of their success in 1966, John met the artist Yoko Ono. Two years later he left his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian and married Yoko in 1969.

They spend their honeymoon in Amsterdam, where they protest against the Vietnam War from the bed of their hotel room with a so-called "bed-in". With songs like "Give Peace A Chance" or "Imagine", John and Yoko become icons of the peace movement.

John's following solo albums are more uncompromising and also more political than the Beatles' songs. The music of his "Plastic Ono Band" is considered by many to be the forerunner of hard rock and punk.

Since the birth of their son Sean in 1975, John and Yoko have led a secluded family life in New York. It wasn't until shortly before John's death in 1980 that they reappeared with the album "Double Fantasy".

Yoko Ono is still dedicated to caring for John's musical legacy - and in interviews he likes to make a pointed remark about John's former bandmate Paul McCartney.

James Paul McCartney

Born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool.

Paul's mother also died early. Since Paul was 14 years old, his father has had to look after him and his younger brother Michael by himself. John learns his first guitar chords from Paul. Together they drive the professionalization of the former school band.

Paul is outwardly the most cheerful and at the same time the most ambitious Beatle. With "Yesterday", "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be", three of the most famous Beatles hits come from his pen - even if, like almost all Beatles songs, they are identified as joint Lennon-McCartney compositions according to an early agreement .

Paul announces the separation of the Beatles in 1970 and then starts the avalanche of litigation regarding the amount and distribution of royalties from the Beatles' compositions.

Of all the Beatles, Paul enjoys the most public attention. In the 1970s he celebrated success with his group "Wings", in which his wife Linda also played. Her best-known hits include "Mull of Kintyre" and the James Bond song "Live and Let Die".

Paul has appeared as a solo artist since the 1980s. With the pop talent factory "Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts" founded in 1996, he campaigns intensively for the next generation of musicians.

1998 his wife Linda dies; In 2002 he married the model Heather Mills, from whom he separated four years later. In 2011 Paul married for the third time, this time the businesswoman Nancy Shevell, with whom he had been in a relationship since 2007.

George Harrison

Born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool; on November 29, 2001 he died of cancer in Los Angeles.

Of all the Beatles, George is most interested in religion and spirituality. He converted to Hinduism as early as the mid-1960s. It is also George who opens the Beatles' music to Far Eastern elements.

George is only accepted into the band at Paul's advocacy, but then quickly becomes lead guitarist. Shortly before the end of the Beatles, he also contributed his own compositions to the albums, including hits like "Something" or "Here Comes the Sun".

On the last Beatles albums, George can also be heard on the sitar, an Indian stringed instrument that became his great passion after the band left.

Together with his sitar teacher Ravi Shankar, George organized the famous "Concert for Bangladesh" in 1971. As early as 1970 he released the most successful album by an ex-Beatle with "All Things Must Pass".

He achieved another hit in 1987 with "Got My Mind Set on You"; however, there is a plagiarism process for his song "My Sweet Lord".

In addition to his musical career, he runs a successful film company that produces, among other things, the Monty Python comedy "Life of Brian". In his last years he has devoted himself increasingly to the expansive garden of his Friar Park estate.

Richard Starkey, called Ringo Starr

Born on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool.

As a child, Ringo was constantly sickly. He therefore has to take a break from school for several years and leaves it without a degree. Ringo is the last to join the Beatles; however, he got to know her during her time in Hamburg, where he played with the group "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes".

Ringo is the calming pole in the band. He hardly composes, and vocally he is inferior to the other three Beatles: The tracks Ringo sings rarely exceed five notes - clearly for example in "With a Little Help from My Friends" or "Yellow Submarine".

However, his drum arrangements become more and more sophisticated over time. Even today, many drummers cite Ringo's playing as a source of inspiration. After the band split up, Ringo pursues successful solo projects and repeatedly manages to lure old friends like Elton John or the other ex-Beatles into the studio for joint recordings.

Since the end of the Beatles, Ringo's love has not only belonged to music, but also to acting. He appears in productions such as "Son of Dracula" and "Caveman".

In 1981, five years after the divorce from his first wife Maureen Cox, he married the actress Barbara Bach, known among other things as a former Bond girl. He also appeared in the animated series "The Simpsons" - as himself.