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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.

Who Was the Fifth Beatle?

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

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YouTube

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

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Ken Ishii, Getty Images

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’

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

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Flaming Lips and Fred Armisen to Host Beatles Tribute Show

Flaming Lips The Beatles Fred Armisen
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The Flaming Lips will be playing songs from their tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on Howard Stern's SirusXM Channel Howard 101 on Friday.

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Ann Wilson, Jack Bruce and Others Pay Tribute to the Beatles on New Album

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The quieter side of the Beatles' catalog is getting the all-star tribute treatment.

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45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Ends the Beatles With the Release of His First Solo Album

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

George Harrison and John Lennon got there first, releasing albums under their own names in 1968.

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Lyrics Uncovered: The Beatles’ ‘Taxman’

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

It's that time of year again -- when we sort through all of our receipts and forms and pay more than our fair share to Uncle Sam.

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45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Announces His Split From The Beatles

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Potter/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles on April 10, 1970.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Hold The Top Five Positions On Billboard’s Hot 100

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Billboard

On April 4, 1964, the Beatles held the Top Five positions on the Billboard Hot 100.

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