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Beatles Honored With Historical Marker at JFK Airport

The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first visit to America is certainly getting its due as a pop-culture milestone, with celebrations hosted by the Grammys, David Letterman and CBS. But it'll also receive a more lasting honor, courtesy of John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their Final Live Performance

As the Beatles gathered for what would be their final live set on Jan. 30, 1969, they hadn't performed in public since Aug. 29, 1966 -- a three-year period in which the group would reach new artistic heights, even as it began to fall apart.

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Reunite on Grammy Stage

For all of the many superstars who made appearances and thrilled fans with performances at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, the night will probably best be remembered as the night the Beatles dominated the airwaves again . . . almost 50 years to the day when they first landed in the U.S.

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Beatles Releasing ‘Yellow Submarine’ Shoes

Two weeks after Black Sabbath announced their new line of sneakers, the Beatles have unveiled some brand new shoes of their own. But unlike the Sabbath sneaks, which are inspired by four different albums made by the original band lineup, the new Fab shoes grab images solely from the group's 1968 animated movie 'Yellow Submarine.'

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Ringo Starr Recalls the Beatles’ Groundbreaking ‘Ed Sullivan’ Performance

The Recording Academy is going all out to honor the Beatles at this year's Grammy Awards, honoring the band with a Lifetime Achievement Award and helping round up an all-star cast of performers to commemorate their groundbreaking 1964 appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' and it's all got Ringo Starr in a rather nostalgic mood.

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Will Perform Together at Beatles Tribute

It's official. After much speculation, the two surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will play on an upcoming TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Settle Lawsuit With Pete Best

Pete Best, one of the biggest “I could have been a contender” stories in rock history, won a legal battle against the Beatles in a defamation lawsuit in January 1969. 

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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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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Meet the Beatles!’

It may have taken Capitol Records a year to decide to distribute the Beatles in America, but when it did, the label quickly flooded the market with music. The first entry, 'Meet the Beatles,' reached shelves on Jan. 20, 1964.

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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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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: 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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