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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, Getty Images

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Say the Beatles Could Have Toured Again

The Beatles famously walked away from touring in 1966, but looking back now, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say that decision was never final.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of the Kids Who Met the Beatles by Pretending to Be Their Opening Act

Only one group of Washington, D.C., teenagers had the smarts — and the chutzpah — to pull off impersonating the Fab Four's opening act.

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50 Years Ago: ‘Beatles Bonfire’ Radio Station Struck by Lightning

Just as some may have predicted, a bolt from the heavens struck after John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus.

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Paul McCartney Admits the Beatles Felt ‘Threatened’ by Yoko Ono

It's no secret that Yoko Ono's relationship with the Beatles was strained after John Lennon brought her into the band's orbit.

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Twitter @TheMuppets

Watch the Muppets House Band Cover Beatles and the Band at Outside Lands Festival

Attendees at this year's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park got to witness Muppet history in the making.

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Columbia / Frank Micelotta / Hulton Archive / Rick Diamond / Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Recreated Through Cover Songs

We've compiled alternate version of all 14 songs on the Beatles' 'Revolver' album.

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Disc and Music Echo

Ray Davies Called the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ a ‘Load of Rubbish’ in a 1966 Review

Apparently not everyone is a fan of 'Revolver.'

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E.M.I.

Five Big ‘Revolver’ Questions: Our Writers Tackle the Beatles’ Masterpiece

Is 'Revolver' the Beatles' best album? What are its best and worst songs? Our writers tackle these and other big questions.

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Capitol

The Story Behind the Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’

The Beatles' Revolver, one of the earliest albums of the psychedelic era, debuted in the U.K. on Aug. 5, 1966; its U.S. release came three days later.

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The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Turns 50

The Beatles' groundbreaking seventh studio album, Revolver, turns 50 years old this week.

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