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50 Fascinating Facts About the Beatles

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16. Alone in the penthouse

The Beatles have spent 132 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart – by far the most of any artist. Garth Brooks occupied the top spot for 52 weeks, the second most.

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17. A singular band

The band had 21 number one hits on the Billboard 100 in the United States – the most of any artist. They had 17 number ones in the United Kingdom.

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18. A historic rejection

The Beatles were turned down by Decca Records following an audition on Jan. 1, 1962. According to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, a Decca executive said that “guitar groups are on their way out.”

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19. A pleasing position

The group’s debut album – “Please Please Me” – spent 30 weeks in the No. 1 position on the U.K. album charts in 1963 before being replaced by their second release, “With the Beatles.”

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20. Give that man a Grammy

Klaus Voormann, a friend of the Beatles, did the artwork for “Revolver,” including a drawing of the band that he did from memory. The cover went on to win the award for “Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts” at the Grammy Awards in 1967.