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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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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Beatles. Released 1 June 1967, it became a defining album in the emerging psychedelic rock style; it has since been recognised by prominent critics and publications as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, Sgt. Pepper sees the band exploring further the experimentation of their previous album, 1966's Revolver. Making use of orchestras, hired musicians and innovative production techniques, the album incorporates elements of music hall, rock and roll, western classical- and traditional Indian music; its lyrics deal particularly with themes of childhood and everyday life. The album is loosely based on a concept that the Beatles are performing as the fictitious band of the album's title; the cover art, depicting the band posing in front of a montage of famous individuals, has itself been widely acclaimed and imitated.

The album was a commercial success, spending a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart and 15 weeks at number one in the American Billboard 200. It was critically acclaimed upon release and won four Grammy awards in 1968. Sgt. Pepper frequently ranks at or near the top of published lists of the greatest albums of all time.

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Paul and Linda McCartney in 1976
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And I said, "Why not? It's the truth! Why can't I say I'm a Beatles fan?" I used to get criticized for that.
— Buck Owens (1929 – 2006)

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"The Long and Winding Road" was the last official single the band released, and the addition of a female choir and strings by Phil Spector angered Paul McCartney, who cited it as one of his six reasons for The Beatles' breakup in court. It was one of his main inspirations for releasing Let It Be... Naked - a "de-spectorised" version of the Let It Be album.

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