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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.

Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

51 Years Ago: The Beatles Receive ‘Germ Bomb’ Death Threat

On June 26, 1964 a plane carrying the Beatles was the target of a "Germ Bomb" death threat.

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Laurence Ratner / Michael Buckner, Getty Images

31 Years Ago: Jimmy Page Joins Yes Onstage to Cover the Beatles

On June 24, 1984, Jimmy Page sat in with Yes for a cover of one of the Beatles' most raucous tunes.

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Clash of the Titans: Angry Beatles vs. Joyous Beatles

With Pixar's new feelings-driven movie Inside Out bowing to historic box office numbers, we've decided to dedicate this Clash of the Titans to a couple of Beatles classics on opposing sides of the emotional spectrum.

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Apple

Beatles Stage Musical Set at Abbey Road Studios to Debut in 2016

The Beatles made some of the greatest music of the rock era at Abbey Road Studios. Now, the London landmark is set to serve as the backdrop for a new stage musical about the band.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Watch Mumford & Sons Cover the Beatles’ ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ With a Little Help From Their Friends

Mumford & Sons delivered a whopping 20-song set to Bonnaroo attendees on June 13, and closed out their encore with an all-star rendition of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."

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Paul McCartney
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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Yesterday’

The Beatles’ “Yesterday” was one of the earliest signs of their rapid growth and maturity, and has since become one of their most beloved and enduring songs.

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

55 Years Ago: Tommy Moore Quits the (Silver) Beatles

Drummer Tommy Moore quit the Silver Beatles on June 11, 1960.

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Beatles Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Beatles Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

The Beatles released 13 albums during their seven-year recording career. We rank them.

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YouTube

Watch a Man Play the Beatles on His Guitar While Undergoing Brain Surgery

The Beatles have been played in operating rooms countless times over the years — but never quite like this.

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Jim Berkenstadt

13 Days as a Beatle: The Sad History of Jimmie Nicol

Jimmie Nicol, a 24-year-old London drummer, stepped in at the height of Beatlemania – then vanished.

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