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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.

Beatles in 1964: A Year in Review

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Throughout 2014, we've been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking year the Beatles had in 1964.

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Why The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Other Rock Legends Must Release New Box Sets Every Year

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Hulton Archive (2), Getty Images

One of the great thrills of collecting music is getting a hold of some previously unreleased material by a favorite artist.

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‘When the Light Went On, They Went for It’: The Beatles ‘Live at the BBC’ Released 20 Years Ago

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From 1962 until 1965, the Beatles regularly performed on BBC Radio, recording 88 different songs across 53 shows. ‘Live at the BBC,’ a selection of 56 tracks from those sessions, was released in the U.S. on Dec. 6, 1994. A companion, ‘On Air — Live at the BB

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What If the Beatles Never Actually Existed?

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What if the Beatles, like ... weren't real, man?

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Started to Show the Strains of Beatlemania on ‘Beatles for Sale’

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Les Lee, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

When the Beatles' fourth album, 'Beatles for Sale,' was released on Dec. 4, 1964, it was their third LP in a little more than a year.

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Beatles’ Children: Where Are They Now?

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Many musicians – and music fans – consider themselves children of the Beatles and the band’s artistic legacy.

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Beatles, Judas Priest Announce New Vinyl – 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

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The list of 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday releases has just gotten a whole lot more impressive, as classic rock icons such as Judas Priest, the Beatles and Neil Young add exclusive vinyl sets to a list that already included David Bowie, Metallica and many more.

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40 Years Ago: The Beatles’ Off-Broadway ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Show Bombs After All-Star Premiere

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With little input from the Beatles other than the use of their music, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road: A Rock Spectacle’ debuted Off-Broadway at New York’s Beacon Theater on Nov. 17, 1974.

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Father Sings Heartbreaking Version of Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Newborn

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We admit that this is a tough one: a touching video that finds Chris Picco singing the Beatles' 'Blackbird' to his dying newborn son, not long after the child's mother had herself died following an emergency c-section.

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Did Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones Almost Make a Record Together?

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Considering the individual influence that Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have had upon music, can you imagine the three of them collaborating on an album?

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