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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.

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EMI / Atlantic

Full-Album Performances of Beatles and Zeppelin Classics Headline Season 8 of ‘World’s Greatest Tribute Bands’

The long-running AXS series The World's Greatest Tribute Bands returns next month for an eighth season filled with appearances from some of the soundalike circuit's most uncanny acts.

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Roy Orbison’s Son Secures Rights to Film the Story of ‘The Beatle Who Vanished’

Jimmie Nicol replaced Ringo Starr for 13 days during the Beatles' 1964 tour, then disappeared from public view.

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David Bowie, Beatles and Bob Dylan Among Early Grammy Winners

David Bowie, the Beatles and Bob Dylan took home Grammys, as Bowie ultimately won five for his 2016 farewell album 'Blackstar.'

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Harry Benson, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

55 Years Ago: The Beatles Sign Their First Contract With Brian Epstein

By late 1961, the Beatles were one of the most popular bands in Liverpool, but were desperate to find a representative who would secure them a recording contract.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

Paul McCartney Files Suit to Get the Beatles’ Songs Back

This fight actually dates back to 1985, when Michael Jackson memorably out-maneuvered Paul McCartney to purchase his early catalog.

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50 Years Ago: Tragic News Inspires the Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’

Decades before Law & Order was “ripped from the headlines,” the Beatles did the same thing for “A Day in the Life.”

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Bettman, Getty Images

Alexis Mardas, the Beatles’ ‘Magic Alex,’ Dies

Yanni Alexis Mardas, known to Beatles fans as "Magic Alex," died in Athens at 74.

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Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / AFP / Hulton Archive (2), Getty Images

The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Beach Boys + More: Charles Manson’s Often-Terrifying Music Connections

Charles Manson famously made the Beatles a part of his murderous world view. But that's just the beginning of his story in rock.

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Allan Williams, the Beatles’ First Manager, Dies

Williams managed the band from 1960-1 and was responsible for sending them to Hamburg.

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Beatles Fan to Sell 15,000-Item Memorabilia Collection

For one French Beatles fan, collecting band memorabilia has become a way of life – and now he’s hoping to use it as a nest egg for his golden years.

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