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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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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Hit U.S. Airwaves

On Dec. 17, 1963, the U.S. still had no idea what was in store. The Beatles had yet to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show where they seemingly overnight changed the landscape of pop music forever. That wouldn't occur until February 1964. However on a mid-December day in 1963, Carroll James of WWDC in Washington, DC played a Beatles record. He wasn't the first to do so in America, but it was the first time things really caught fire.

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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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Beatles ‘Bootleg Recordings’ Coming to iTunes

After more than 50 years, you might think the vaults had been entirely emptied of Beatles tracks, but you'd be wrong.

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The Beatles’ U.S. Albums to Be Released As Box Set

The Beatles albums that Capitol put out in the U.S. from 1964-1966 will soon be available again. A 13-CD set, 'The U.S. Albums,' will be released on Jan. 21.

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46 Years Ago: The Beatles Open Apple Boutique

One of the first projects the Beatles undertook after forming their Apple Corps company was the expansion into retail. The fruits of that effort, the Apple boutique, opened on Dec. 7, 1967 at 94 Baker Street in London.

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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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Brian Epstein Biopic Gets a Director

The biopic about Beatles manager Brian Epstein just got itself a director. Peyton Reed has been tapped to direct 'The Fifth Beatle.'

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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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