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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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33 Years Ago: John Lennon Murdered

John Lennon would have turned 73 this past October, but as we all know, his life was tragically cut short by four bullets from an assassin's gun. John Lennon died 33 years ago today.

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12 Years Ago: George Harrison Dies

George Harrison rarely gave his son advice. "The only two things he felt I had to do in my life were be happy and meditate," Dhani Harrison once told Rolling Stone about his late father.

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40 Years Ago: Ringo Starr’s ‘Ringo’ Features (Sort-Of) Beatles Reunion

This was the closest the Beatles ever got to reuniting in the studio during John Lennon's lifetime, and the buzz catapulted Ringo Starr's third solo album to the top of the charts. 'Ringo,' released in the U.K. on Nov 23, 1973, would become Starr's lone platinum release.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘With the Beatles’

‘With the Beatles’ was a hit before it was even released. By November 1963, Beatlemania was raging across the U.K.. On the heels of the Fab Four’s debut LP, ‘Please Please Me,’ and the smash singles ‘From Me to You’ and ‘She Loves You,’ ‘With the Beatles’ could have featured 33 minutes of Ringo Starr performing Shakespeare and it still would have topped the charts.

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Lead Star-Studded Beatles Tribute

On Feb. 9, 2014, CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in a big way.

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The Beatles Release Video for ‘Words Of Love’

To help promote their new collection, ‘On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2,’ the Beatles have released a video for Buddy Holly's 'Words of Love.'

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Beatles Bio Author Plans to Deconstruct Fab Four Legend

If you read the news about Mark Lewisohn's massive new book about the Beatles' early years and wondered what it could possibly add to the band's legend, the answer is simple: absolutely nothing at all. In fact, as Lewisohn recently told CNN, he tried to wipe all that away and start over.

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48 Years Ago: The Beatles Finish ‘Rubber Soul’

On Nov. 11, 1965, the Beatles convened to finish recording their sixth album, 'Rubber Soul.' Entering the studio at around 6PM, they realized they were a couple songs short of the 14 tracks slotted for the new record. Believe it or not, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were having trouble writing enough material for the album. So they "tossed off" a few new songs and resurrected a cast-off from the 'Help!' sessions. 

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