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20 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Work on New ‘Anthology’ Songs

History tells us that 1995's Grammy-winning 'Free As a Bird,' the first new Beatles single since 'The Long and Winding Road' in 1970, sold some 120,000 copies in the U.K. alone during its first week of release. It also marked the Beatles' 34th Top 10 single in America. There's more to the story, though.

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43 Years Ago – The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ Played in Court During Charles Manson Trial

In 1969, terror and paranoia swept through the film and music communities of Los Angeles after actress Sharon Tate, Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski and 18-year-old Steven Parent were brutally murdered in a house on Cielo Drive. In a bizarre twist to an already sensational story, the Beatles' 'White Album' wound up being played in court during the subsequent murder trial of Charles Manson, who claimed to have planned the killing spree because of messages he believed were buried in the music.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Reach Billboard Hot 100 Chart For The First Time

On Jan. 18, 1964, the Beatles' first Capitol single, 'I Want to Hold Your Hand,' entered the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first appearance for the group on the American chart.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Yellow Submarine’

The Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ is widely heralded as a classic for its mixture of whimsy, subversive humor and psychedelic design. However, the same fate was not bestowed upon its soundtrack, which was released on Jan. 13, 1969, in the U.S. and four days later in the U.K.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Please Please Me’

"Congratulations, gentlemen. You've just made your first No. 1."

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Quits the Beatles

In early 1969, while their fans were still swooning over the recently released White Album, the Beatles were holed up in London's Twickenham Studios, trying to figure out their next move. These famously fractious sessions eventually produced the band's final studio release, 'Let It Be' -- but not before bringing long-simmering tensions between the group's members to a raging boil.

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Beatles Reunion? Paul and Ringo May Perform Together on ‘Letterman’

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania hitting U.S. shores next month by performing together. Showbiz 411 reports that the two surviving Beatles could show up on David Letterman's late-night show during his network's week-long celebration of the Fab Four.

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Beatles Single Signed by All Four Members Sells for More Than $13,000

A copy of the Beatles' first single, 'Love Me Do' backed by 'P.S. I Love You,' signed by all four members of the group recently sold on eBay for $13,350 after 35 bids. 

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47 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Recording ‘Penny Lane’

The Beatles’ decision to give up touring in August 1966 gave them unlimited and unprecedented time to spend in the studio experimenting and inventing new recording techniques. One of the first songs to come out of that period, Paul McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane,’ was first committed to tape on Dec. 29, 1966.

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George Harrison Reportedly Refused Royal Honor Before His Death

According to correspondence recently unearthed by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, long-simmering resentments between former Beatles may have prompted George Harrison to turn down a distinguished award from the royal family before his death.

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Beatles Releasing Rarities Album to Fight Copyright Laws

Yesterday (Dec. 13) we learned that the Beatles were putting out a set of 59 outtakes, demos and songs cut for the BBC. Today we learn that ‘The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963’ is being released on Tuesday (Dec. 17) in order for them to retain their copyrights.

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Beatles to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

It doesn't seem possible that the Beatles have any significant honors left to accrue, but they're going to pick up one more on Jan. 25: a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

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