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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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Watch an Exclusive Clip From New Beatles Movie, ‘It Was Fifty Years Ago Today!’

Watch an exclusive clip from the new documentary 'It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond.'

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The Beatles A Day in the Life
John Pratt, Hulton Archive

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Argue for Legalization of Marijuana in the U.K.

The debate over marijuana legalization doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon, but if it's ever decriminalized, enthusiasts should toke up in honor of the Beatles, who publicly came out in favor of it.

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Titan Comics
Titan Comics

Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ Getting 50th Anniversary Comic Book

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine LP and movie will mark its 50th anniversary milestone next summer, and plans are already afoot to celebrate with a new comic adaptation and a line of collectibles.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Paul McCartney and Sony Settle Beatles Copyright Suit

Paul McCartney and Sony have settled the lawsuit he filed back in January to reclaim the copyright to some of his earliest songs with the Beatles.

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The Beatles All You Need is Love
Jim Gray, Hulton Archive

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Debut ‘All You Need is Love’ for the World

Representing their country in a historic satellite broadcast, the Beatles presented "All You Need is Love" before the entire world on June 25, 1967.

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55 Years Ago: Beatles Complete First Abbey Road Session

The Beatles would go on to make some of rock's greatest records at Abbey Road Studios. The band filed into the building for their first session there on June 6, 1962.

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Billy Preston
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The Sad and Protracted End of Beatles and Rolling Stones Sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and his even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems.

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The Beatles Cap Their Masterpiece With ‘A Day in the Life': The Story Behind Every ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Song

Three months after they started the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles wrapped recording on what would become the final song on their landmark 1967 album.

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Rischgitz, Getty Images
Rischgitz, Getty Images

John Lennon Discovers Suburbia’s Monotony in ‘Good Morning Good Morning': The Story Behind Every ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Song

With the Beatles off the road, John Lennon became trapped inside the every-day ennui of a marriage he never really wanted.

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ABC / YouTube

Pink Floyd, David Crosby Watch the Beatles Get Goofy on ‘Lovely Rita’: The Story Behind Every ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Song

Paul McCartney wrote "Lovely Rita" because he kept getting fined for expired parking meters.

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