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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
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The Beatles were a highly successful and popular British rock band from Liverpool, England. They are widely regarded as the most influential rock band in history and are known world-wide. The Beatles continue to be a major influence on music well into the 21st century, having sold over a billion records overall. The Beatles paved the way for new musical styles and influenced cultural revolutions in the 1960s and 1970s. The members of the most famous line-up of the Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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94 Baker Street, London; formerly the Apple Boutique

Apple Corps Ltd. is a multi-armed, multimedia corporation, founded in January 1968 by British rock band The Beatles to replace their earlier company (Beatles Ltd.) and to form a conglomerate. Its name (pronounced "apple core") is a pun. Its chief division is Apple Records, which was launched in the same year. Other divisions included Apple Electronics, Apple Films, Apple Publishing, and Apple Retail, whose most notable venture was the ill-fated Apple Boutique in London. Apple's headquarters, in the late-1960s, was at 3 Savile Row in London, known as the Apple Building, which was also home to the Apple Studio.

From 1970 to 2007, Apple's chief executive was former Beatles road manager Neil Aspinall, though he did not bear that title officially. The current CEO is Jeff Jones.

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Recording of "Give Peace a Chance"
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If people take any notice of what we say, we say we've been through the drug scene, man, and there's nothing like being straight.
John Lennon (1940 – 1980)
The Dick Cavett Show
24 September 1971

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Due to John Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono, divorce proceedings had begun between him and his first wife, Cynthia Lennon. Paul McCartney went to visit Julian Lennon and Cynthia, bearing a single rose. He came up with a song called "Hey Jules" in the car, which developed into "Hey Jude" – at the time, it was the longest song to ever reach number 1.

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