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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.

50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Introduces the Beatles to Marijuana

The Beatles and Bob Dylan
Larry Ellis, Hulton Archive / Keystone / Getty Images

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

Beatles John Lennon George Harrison Paul McCartney Ringo Starr
Capitol Records

As with so many of their earlier photo shoots, the Beatles' final session tells you everything about where the band was in its evolution.

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

The Beatles
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Most of the time when we’ve covered an anniversary about the Beatles, it’s been in celebration — the release of an album or other triumphant moments in their career.

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Seven Bands Who Were Foolishly Labeled ‘The Next Beatles’

Next Beatles

We look at seven bands who were wrongly labeled - or more foolishly, called themselves - the next Beatles.

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Were the Beatles the Catalyst for the Charles Manson Murders?

Charles Manson Paul McCartney

Mass murderer Charles Manson thought he heard secret messages in the Beatles' 'White Album.'

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Walk into History with ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Photo

The Beatles, 'Abbey Road'
Apple Records

A stroll across the street near the Beatles' recording studio on Aug. 8, 1969 turned into the iconic cover for 'Abbey Road.'

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Flaming Lips Reveal Guest List for Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Tribute Album

Flaming Lips Beatles
Stephen Lovekin / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Wayne Coyne reveals the artists who will appear on the Flaming Lips' remake of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by the Beatles.

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New Beatles Documentary in the Works from Director Ron Howard

The Beatles
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Director Ron Howard will make a new film focusing on the Beatles' touring years from 1960-66.

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Ken Thorne, Composer of Beatles ‘Help’ Score, Dies

Ken Thorne
YouTube / Capitol

Ken Thorne, the Academy Award-winning film composer who worked with the Beatles and the Monkees, died on July 9.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Recording ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’

The Beatles
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Beatles began recording 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer,' one of their least-beloved songs, on July 9, 1969.

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