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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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47 Years Ago: Ringo Rejoins the Beatles

Ringo Starr returned to the Beatles on September 3, 1968, after quitting the band on August 22.

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Clash of the Titans: Journey, ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’’ vs. the Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’

Sometimes, in lieu of actual lyrics, you can get your point across just as effectively with a few "na na nas."

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Larry Ellis, Hulton Archive / Keystone, Getty Images

51 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Introduces the Beatles to Marijuana

The mid-to-late '60s saw the Beatles morphing from mop-topped pop stars into Nehru jacket-wearing mystics -- a transformation that may have started on Aug. 28, 1964, when Bob Dylan introduced the Fab Four to the joys of smoking marijuana.

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Keystone / Hulton Archives, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Meet Elvis Presley

Two primal forces of rock collided for the first and only time on Aug. 27, 1965, as the Beatles met Elvis Presley.

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Listen to David Gilmour’s Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Here, There and Everywhere’

David Gilmour's upcoming Rattle That Lock album isn't the only new music the former Pink Floyd guitarist has to offer.

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Keystone Features, Getty Images

47 Years Ago: The Beatles Release Apple’s First Record, ‘Revolution’

One of the Beatles' greatest songs was released as a B-side on Aug. 26, 1968.

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50 Years Ago: Beatles LSD Party Inspires ‘She Said She Said’

An acid trip taken by three Beatles at a Beverly Hills party on Aug. 24, 1965 resulted in 'She Said She Said.'

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46 Years Ago: The Beatles Pose for Their Final Photo Session

These photos, we now know, marked the last time the Beatles were the Beatles.

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47 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Temporarily Quits the Beatles

Although they wouldn't officially disband until April 1970, the first signs that the Beatles were starting to come apart at the seams took place on Aug. 22, 1968.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

46 Years Ago: The Beatles Appear at Abbey Road Together for the Last Time

Aug. 20, 1969 marks the last time all four Beatles were inside the EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road.

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