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Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964
Original ABBEY ROAD photo corrected and cleaned with a Beetle car added (31 March 2007)

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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Beatles for Sale by The Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone yellow and black label. This is an original pressing as the "Kansas City" track listing was not yet corrected.

Beatles for Sale is The Beatles' fourth album, released in late 1964 and produced by George Martin for Parlophone, released on mono (catalogue number PMC 1240) and stereo (PCS 3062). The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of Lennon and McCartney as lyricists, Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. "I'm a Loser" shows Lennon for the first time seemingly coming under the influence of Bob Dylan, soon to meet him for the first time in New York while on tour on 28 August 1964.

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An Abbey Road street sign, complete with Beatles-related graffiti
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An Abbey Road street sign, complete with Beatles-related graffiti

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Ringo Starr in 2007
  • ...that Ringo Starr's (pictured) acceptance into The Beatles prompted fans to chant "Pete forever! Ringo never!" or its reverse, "Ringo forever! Pete never!"?
  • ...that the working lyric for "Yesterday" was "Scrambled eggs/Oh, baby, how I love your legs," and that Paul McCartney was threatened with the removal of a piano by director Richard Lester after he had been playing it over and over during filming for Help!?
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With life and all I've been through, I do have a belief in goodness, a good spirit. I think what people have done with religion is personified good and evil, so good's become God with 'o' out, and evil's become Devil with a 'd' added. That's my theory of religion.
— Paul McCartney (b. 1942)
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"Here Comes the Sun" was written by George Harrison to express his happiness at being away from the stress Apple Corps was causing, while he was at Eric Clapton's house. Clapton would later have an affair with, and eventually marry, Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd. The song is one of Harrison's most famous compositions during his time with The Beatles, and was released on the band's final studio album, Abbey Road.

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