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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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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Plays His First Post-Beatles U.S. Concert

When Paul McCartney arrived on May 3, 1976 for a show at Fort Worth, Texas, he hadn't played an American concert in a decade.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their Final Scheduled U.K. Concert

NME's Annual Poll Winners concert on May 1, 1966 was the last time the Beatles played a scheduled concert in the U.K.

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Keystone / Evening Standard / Jack Kay / Michael Ledger, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: The Beatles’ Solo Singles All Hit the Charts

For two weeks in 1971, the Billboard Hot 100 had a sort-of Beatles reunion.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Kick Off ‘Revolver’ Sessions With ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

The Beatles began the 'Revolver' sessions on April 6, 1966 by starting work on the song that became "Tomorrow Never Knows."

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

55 Years Ago: The Beatles Start 3-Month Residency at Hamburg’s Top Ten Club

The gig was grueling: It's been estimated that the Beatles spent 503 hours on stage for 92 nights straight.

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Capitol Records
Capitol Records

The Story of the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Cover Photo

At the time, it was one of the most expensive album covers ever created. And in the end, it would become one of the most iconic images in rock 'n' roll history.

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Hilton Archive, Getty Images

The History of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Only Post-Beatles Session

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

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

How the Beatles Got Ready for Prime Time at the Cavern Club

Before they became famous, the Beatles played Liverpool's Cavern Club nearly 300 times.

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Capitol
Capitol

50 Years Ago: The Beatles Shoot the Infamous ‘Butcher’ Cover

On March 25, 1966, the Beatles took the controversial photograph that would be used on the cover of 'Yesterday and Today.'

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Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Time John Lennon Was Ordered to Leave the U.S. by Immigration Authorities

On March 23, 1973, John Lennon was issued an order by U.S. immigration authorities to leave the United States.

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