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51 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Joins the Beatles

Only two days after Pete Best was fired as the drummer of the Beatles, the group performed their first official gig with Ringo Starr. The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead - a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool - on Aug. 18, 1962.

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51 Years Ago: The Beatles Fire Pete Best

Arguably the most ignominious firing in rock history happened on Aug. 16, 1962. Shortly before recording their debut single, the Beatles dismissed drummer Pete Best.

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45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Records ‘Mother Nature’s Son’

On Aug. 9, 1968, the Beatles were in the middle of the recording sessions that would yield 'The Beatles,' the double LP better known as 'The White Album.' One song that got finished that day was Paul McCartney's 'Mother Nature's Son.'

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Nat Weiss, Beatles Associate and Artist Lawyer, Dies

Nat Weiss, a music-business lawyer who ran the Beatles' affairs in the U.S., died on July 31. Neither his age nor the cause of death was disclosed.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Begin Recording ‘Hey Jude’

It's one of the most famous songs of the 20th century and an anthem that, to this day, still ends the main set of Paul McCartney's concerts. On July 29, 1968, the Beatles began recording 'Hey Jude,' a process that would take one week and two studios to complete.

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Beatles First Original Pressing ‘White Album’ for Sale

Some day, the world is bound to run out of cool and interesting Beatles memorabilia to auction off. But in the meantime, it looks like the very first copy of 'The White Album' to ever be pressed to vinyl is about to find a new home.

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56 Years Ago: John Lennon Meets Paul McCartney

The first time John Lennon met Paul McCartney, Lennon was about ready to go onstage with his band the Quarrymen. One of the group members knew McCartney from school, so he introduced him to his bandmates. Lennon was 16; McCartney was 15. It was July 6, 1957, and the most significant meeting in rock history was about to go down.

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Meet the ‘Double Pete Best’ of ’90s Rock

For just about any band that eventually made it big, there's at least one guy who was in the lineup before they were famous -- their 'Pete Best,' if you will. But Jason Everman, who played guitar for Nirvana and bass for Soundgarden in the late '80s, narrowly missed his shot at the charts twice.

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40 Years Ago: George Harrison Knocks Paul McCartney Off the Top of the Charts

Three years after breaking up, the Beatles were still quite capable of reaching the top of the best-selling singles charts. Only problem was, sometimes they had to climb over each other to get there.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Write ‘She Loves You’

It went on to become the Beatles' biggest-selling U.K. single and arguably their defining song, but in the summer of 1963, 'She Loves You' was just the latest bid for worldwide success from a band whose music had yet to take over the world.

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This Day in History for February 7 – Beatlemania Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1926 – Carter G. Woodson founds Negro History Week, which later evolved into Black History Month (More info)

1940 – The second full length animated Walt Disney film, ‘Pinocchio,’ premieres (More info)

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