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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 15:58 GMT
Beatles to launch website
Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison
Ringo, Sir Paul and George worked on the new website
The three remaining members of the Beatles are to set up their first official website to the band 30 years after they split up as a group.

The site is being launched to tie in with the release of a collection of the Fab Four's biggest hits, called simply 1.

The site is based around the 27 tracks on the album - each of which has been a chart-topper in either the UK or US.

Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Yoko Ono, John's widow, are all said to have had an input into the site.

There are already hundreds of unofficial websites dedicated to the Beatles but interest in the band and the four members shows no sign of abating more than a generation after in-fighting caused the group to split.

Critically acclaimed

The Fab Four's autobiography, called Anthology, has sold thousands of copies around the world since its release last month.

John Lennon's piano, on which he composed Imagine, was recently bought by George Michael for more than 1.5m and there has been an upsurge in interest in Sir Paul's art.

The Beatles' albums Revolver and Sgt. Pepper regularly figure as the two most critically acclaimed albums ever made.

In the Get Back area of the site, visitors can see the band's final ever performance on the roof of their company headquarters in Savile Row, London, in 1969.

In another section, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, fans can take a virtual tour of Studio 2 at the Abbey Road studios where the band created some of their most popular songs and albums.

The website goes live on 13 November.

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