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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases the First Beatles Solo Album

With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own. Recording sessions actually began a year earlier -- when the Beatles were recording their annual Christmas message -- with 'India' and 'Swordfencing,' both working titles that would be changed before release.

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50 Years Ago – The Beatles Complete Their Second Album

As opposed to the marathon session that produced most most of the Beatles' first album, their follow-up, 'With the Beatles,' was recorded during a series of dates in the summer and fall of 1963. The final day of recording took place on the morning of Oct. 23, 1963 at Studio Two at Abbey Road.

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Beatles Book Tunes In to the Band’s History

At this point, a Beatles book really has to be something special to stand out from the library full of volumes that have been written about the band. 'Tune In,' a new tome from Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, looks like it might fit the bill.

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50 Years Ago: ‘Beatlemania’ Is Born

When the Beatles took the stage fifty years ago today (Oct. 13 -- ignore the date on this video) to appear on the variety show 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium,' they were four lads armed with the simple tools of their early classics--a bass, two guitars, drum kit.

The psychedelia, the massive studio productions, the brilliance and adoration, suspicion and disintegration -- those were years away. In this moment, cited widely as the birth of Beatlemania, it was simply John, Paul, George and Ringo, setting their homeland on fire.

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25 Years Ago: U2 Cover Dylan and the Beatles on ‘Rattle and Hum’

A hybrid project that boasted gutsy live reworkings of tracks from their smash album 'The Joshua Tree,' cover songs honoring Bob Dylan and the Beatles and nine new cuts, U2's 'Rattle and Hum' tried to be everything to everybody. It didn't quite get there.

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47 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Helter Skelter’

On Sept. 9, 1968, the Beatles recorded 'Helter Skelter.'

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45 Years Ago: Ringo Rejoins the Beatles

On Aug. 22, 1968, Ringo Starr had enough of his bandmates' constant bickering. So he packed up his drumsticks and walked out of the Beatles' chaotic recording sessions for their upcoming double album, 'The Beatles' (better known as 'The White Album'). And he planned to stay away for good.

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Strawberry Fields Gates Vandalized

Strawberry Fields may be forever, but a mystery vandal apparently believes that the paint on the park's distinctive red gates should be far less permanent.

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49 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Introduces the Beatles to Marijuana

The mid-to-late '60s saw the Beatles morphing from mop-topped pop stars into Nehru jacket-wearing mystics -- a transformation that may have started on Aug. 28, 1964, when Bob Dylan introduced the Fab Four to the joys of smoking marijuana.

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47 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Revolution’

One of the Beatles' greatest songs was released as a B-side on Aug. 26, 1968.

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Beatles ‘Live at the BBC, Vol. 2′ Coming in October

Hard as it might be to believe, apparently there are still enough unreleased Beatles recordings to fill yet another compilation.

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51 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Joins the Beatles

Only two days after Pete Best was fired as the drummer of the Beatles, the group performed their first official gig with Ringo Starr. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead - a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool - on Aug. 18, 1962.

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