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Question: What British singing group sang "I want to hold your hand"?

Answer: The Beatles


The Beatles singing group was composed of four very talented performers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. They were one of the first rock groups to write most of their own material. They defined the 1960's style of pop music.

They played in Liverpool (their home town) and Hamburg Germany over the next several years. In 1962 they made their first recording "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" that became their first UK top 20 hit. This created a following that only grew throughout their singing career. They made successful tours to Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.

In addition to recordings and concerts, they made several movies including: "A Hard Day's Night", "Help" "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Yellow Submarine".

By 1969, there were differences of opinion as to the direction the group wanted to go, and, after releasing the "Abbey Road" album, their differences became unreconcilable. They officially split in August of 1970 when Paul McCartney released his first solo album. Later anthology and "best of" releases have continued the popularity of the group.