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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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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day the Beatles Recorded (Most of) the ‘Please Please Me’ Album

The notion of artists taking their time in the studio has become so ingrained in the recording process that it's hard to believe that musicians used to bang out killer albums in a hurry.

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The Beatles’ First ‘Ed Sullivan’ Appearance: 10 Rock Stars Remember

More than 73 million Americans watched the Beatles’ debut performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Feb. 9, 1964.

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day the Beatles Changed the World

On Feb. 9, 1964, the world of rock music -- and American culture in general -- was turned upside down by the Beatles' debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day the Beatles Recorded ‘Across the Universe’

At the start of February 1968, the Beatles found themselves, after a month-and-a-half break, back in Abbey Road studios to begin work on their next single, their first release of 1968.

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Michael Webb, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

When the Beatles Hired Allen Klein as Their Manager

With their self-run company Apple Corps bleeding money, the Beatles looked for someone with experience in such matters.

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The Day the Beatles Began Recording the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Title Track

In light of what would be released in its wake, the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is not the most fully realized concept rock album.

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When The Beatles Performed Live for the Last Time, on a London Rooftop

"I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition."

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40 Years Ago: The Beatles Offered $30 Million to Reunite

On Jan. 16, 1976, promoter Bill Sargent made a reunion offer that only the Beatles could refuse.

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Why the Beatles Didn’t Sink Much Effort Into ‘Yellow Submarine’

The Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ is widely heralded as a classic for its mixture of whimsy, subversive humor and psychedelic design.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

That Time George Harrison Quit the Beatles

On Jan. 10, 1969, guitarist George Harrison abruptly quit the Beatles.

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