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    The 'A Hard Day's Night' opening chord

    Rickenbacker guitarThe distinctive clang which opens A Hard Day's Night became one of the most iconic sounds of the 1960s. Instantly recognisable, it was the perfect beginning to the group's third album and debut feature film. Read more »

  • Album of the month

    Abbey Road

    Abbey Road album coverThe Beatles' last-recorded album was a triumph. Coming after the troubled Let It Be sessions, the group pulled together for a final collection of songs that rank among their all-time best. Read more »

  • I want to tell you…

    "Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war - for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." - John Lennon

  • In the spotlight

    Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney was a singer and multi-instrumentalist in The Beatles. With John Lennon, he was half of one of the world's most successful songwriting teams in history. Read more »