The real names of the members of the Beatles are John Winston Lennon, James Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey. By the time the four formed the band, they went by the names John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
John, who played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals, did not like his middle name and dropped it. Paul, who played bass guitar and sang lead vocals, was named after his father James, which was common, but he preferred Paul. George, who played lead guitar and sang vocals, did not have a middle name. Ringo, who played the drums and sang vocals, changed his name strictly for stage purposes. He chose Ringo based on his love of western movies and for wearing numerous rings. Starr was based on his early drum solos called "Starr Time" and a shortened version of his last name Starkey.