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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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Watch Bad Company Cover the Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’

It's believed to be the first time Bad Company have ever performed the Beatles classic.

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Jeremy Selwyn, Getty Images

British Prime Minister Mocked for Recreating Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Cover

The British Prime Minister got taken to task by Beatles fans when a photo op recreated the cover of 'Abbey Road.'

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Redferns, Getty Images

Beatles Press Officer Tony Barrow, Creator of the Term ‘Fab Four,’ Dies

Barrow was the press officer for the group from 1962-68.

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Mackie Osborne
Mackie Osborne

Melvins Cover the Beatles’ ‘I Want to Tell You,’ Announce New Tour

The Melvins have released a cover of a Beatles classic in advance of their new album, 'Basses Loaded.'

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Plays His First Post-Beatles U.S. Concert

When Paul McCartney arrived on May 3, 1976 for a show at Fort Worth, Texas, he hadn't played an American concert in a decade.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their Final Scheduled U.K. Concert

NME's Annual Poll Winners concert on May 1, 1966 was the last time the Beatles played a scheduled concert in the U.K.

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Keystone / Evening Standard / Jack Kay / Michael Ledger, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: The Beatles’ Solo Singles All Hit the Charts

For two weeks in 1971, the Billboard Hot 100 had a sort-of Beatles reunion.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Kick Off ‘Revolver’ Sessions With ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

The Beatles began the 'Revolver' sessions on April 6, 1966 by starting work on the song that became "Tomorrow Never Knows."

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

55 Years Ago: The Beatles Start 3-Month Residency at Hamburg’s Top Ten Club

The gig was grueling: It's been estimated that the Beatles spent 503 hours on stage for 92 nights straight.

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Capitol Records

The Story of the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Cover Photo

At the time, it was one of the most expensive album covers ever created. And in the end, it would become one of the most iconic images in rock 'n' roll history.

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