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The Beatles

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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George Harrison Letter Confirms the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Was Almost Recorded at Stax Studio

One of the most tantalizing rumors that have floated around the Beatles over the years is that they had considered recording at Memphis’ famous Stax Studio.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

36 Years Ago: Beatles Stage Partial Reunion for Eric Clapton’s Wedding

Pattie Boyd was also the catalyst for the first Beatles concert reunion.

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Stroud, Express, Getty Images

47 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Appear on ‘The Tonight Show’

John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on 'The Tonight Show' on May 14, 1968.

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: The Beatles Release Their Final Album, ‘Let It Be’

Let It Be was supposed to be the album that would bring the Beatles back together.

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Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary Is Headed to Cannes

A new Beatles documentary purporting to offer viewers an intimate look at the band's early years will seek studio suitors at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

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Clash of the Titans: The Beatles’ White Album vs. Metallica’s Black Album

They're separated by a few decades and plenty of clicks on the volume knob, but the Beatles and Metallica do have a few things in common, such as the fact that they both released self-titled albums with simple monochrome artwork.

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The Fifth Beatle

Who Was the Fifth Beatle?

A debate over who was really the Fifth Beatle has raged since the Fab Four's earliest days.

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51 Years Ago: First Series of Beatles Trading Cards Released

You know you've made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card.

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Watch Paul McCartney Play the Beatles’ ‘Another Girl’ in Concert for the First Time

Paul McCartney's Out There tour continues to add shows — and set list surprises.

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39 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Almost Reunite on ‘Saturday Night Live’

It was meant as a joke, but it turned into, arguably, the greatest missed opportunity in rock history.

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