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Simply put, rock ‘n’ roll as we know starts with the Beatles. Give Elvis and all those other pioneers credit for planting the seeds, but almost every rock artist of the past 50 years owes the Fab Four a heap of thanks for setting popular music’s template. Their very first album, 1963’s ‘Please Please Me,’ crackles with cross-Atlantic energy – inspired by American pop but rooted in British determination. By the time they made their sixth album, ‘Rubber Soul,’ they were writing their own songs and, more importantly, shaping a rock and pop landscape that would be explored and expanded on for decades to come. ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is their pop-art masterpiece, but each of the Beatles’ 12 albums is a classic. No other group in rock history can make that claim.

49 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Beatles More Popular Than Jesus’ Story Is Published

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

On March 4, 1966, an article appeared in the London Evening Standard that would cause an uproar and ripple for some time.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Filming ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

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The Beatles had barely any time to reflect on their history-making first journey to America before moving on to their next project.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Clean Their Closet With ‘Hey Jude’ LP

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As the Beatles were winding down their time together, there were still some songs that their U.S. label, Capitol, had never put on an album.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Meet Cassius Clay

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Chris Smith, Getty Images

One of the perks of being a Beatle that the group had to get used to in the early days was getting to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

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Lou Reed Slams the Beatles and Doors in New Video

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Hulton Archive / Theo Wargo / Central Press, Getty Images

Even though Lou Reed died in October 2013, the highly opinionated artist is still making waves with his comments.

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52 Years Ago: The Beatles Record (Most of) the ‘Please Please Me’ Album in 13 Hours

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The notion of artists taking their time in the studio has become so ingrained in the recording process that it's hard to believe that musicians used to bang out killer albums in a hurry.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their First U.S. Concert

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Hulton Archive, Getty Image

On Feb. 11, 1964, only two days after their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' the Beatles made their U.S. concert debut in Washington, D.C.

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The Beatles’ First ‘Ed Sullivan’ Appearance: 10 Rock Stars Remember

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More than 73 million Americans watched the Beatles’ debut performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Feb. 9, 1964.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Arrive In America

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The Beatles landed at Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964.

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46 Years Ago: The Beatles Hire Allen Klein As Their Manager

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Michael Webb, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

With their self-run company Apple Corps bleeding money, the Beatles looked for someone with experience in such matters.

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