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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.

Beatles, Judas Priest Announce New Vinyl – 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

Black Friday Record Store Day
RecordStoreDay.com

The list of 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday releases has just gotten a whole lot more impressive, as classic rock icons such as Judas Priest, the Beatles and Neil Young add exclusive vinyl sets to a list that already included David Bowie, Metallica and many more.

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40 Years Ago: The Beatles’ Off-Broadway ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Show Bombs After All-Star Premiere

The Beatles
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

With little input from the Beatles other than the use of their music, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road: A Rock Spectacle’ debuted Off-Broadway at New York’s Beacon Theater on Nov. 17, 1974.

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Father Sings Heartbreaking Version of Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Newborn

YouTube
YouTube

We admit that this is a tough one: a touching video that finds Chris Picco singing the Beatles' 'Blackbird' to his dying newborn son, not long after the child's mother had herself died following an emergency c-section.

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Did Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones Almost Make a Record Together?

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Considering the individual influence that Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have had upon music, can you imagine the three of them collaborating on an album?

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Play ‘Rattle Your Jewelry’ Concert

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Express/Stringer, Getty Images

The Beatles took a potshot at the rich and regal during one of their most famous concerts.

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You Think You Know the Beatles?

Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

There have been more books, movies, and other assorted tributes to the Beatles than any other act of the rock era, but that doesn't mean Fab Four lore can't hold a few surprises even after all these years.

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Complete Collection of Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Shoot Photos Going to Auction

The Beatles, 'Abbey Road'
Apple Records

The complete set of photos taken for the cover of the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' album is headed for the auction block in November, where the signed and numbered set is expected to fetch up to $110,000.

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19 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Beatles, 1957-62

The Beatles
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

So much has been written about the Beatles over the years that it can sometimes be hard to tell where the truth ends and myth begins.

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John Lennon’s ‘Paperback Writer’ Guitar Heading to Auction

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The guitar John Lennon used on the recording of the Beatles' 1966 hit 'Paperback Writer' is going up for auction.

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Watch the Beatles Take Pancake Form

Beatles Pancakes
YouTube

Beatles for breakfast, anyone?

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