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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.

41 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Reunite For Only Post-Beatles Session

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

A drug-fueled recording session featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney took place on March 28, 1974,

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Get Waxed

Beatles Madame Tussauds
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On March 28, 1964, the Beatles were immortalized in wax at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. They were the first pop stars to be given this honor.

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Ringo Starr Says a Beatles Reunion Could Have Happened

Ringo Starr
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The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison quashed the notion of a true Beatles reunion, but Ringo Starr believes that, had they lived, they could have pulled it off.

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Ringo Starr vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

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Ringo Starr and Deep Purple's Ian Paice battle in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Rock Madness.

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51 Years Ago: John Lennon Publishes His First Book, ‘In His Own Write’

John Lennon In His Own Write
MacMillan

By early 1964, the Beatles’ upbeat love songs and clean-cut image endeared them to fans around the world.

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46 Years Ago: John Lennon Marries Yoko Ono

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Simpson/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

On March 20, 1969, John Winston Lennon married Yoko Ono.

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49 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Beatles More Popular Than Jesus’ Story Is Published

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

On March 4, 1966, an article appeared in the London Evening Standard that would cause an uproar and ripple for some time.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Filming ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

The Beatles
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The Beatles had barely any time to reflect on their history-making first journey to America before moving on to their next project.

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Ringo Starr Vs. Levon Helm: March Drum Madness

Ringo Starr Levon Helm March Drum Madness
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Two legendary icons face off in the opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition, as Ringo Starr of the Beatles matches up against the Band's Levon Helm.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Clean Their Closet With ‘Hey Jude’ LP

Beatles Hey Jude
Apple

As the Beatles were winding down their time together, there were still some songs that their U.S. label, Capitol, had never put on an album.

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