Milestones: 34 Years Ago In TIME

George Harrison's death further eroded a group that entranced the world, not just with its musical genius but with its sense of camaraderie and fun, as TIME noted in a 1967 cover on THE BEATLES.

The Beatles keep in touch constantly, bounding in and out of each other's homes like members of a single large family--which, in a sense, they are. Their friendship is an extraordinary intimate and empathetic bond. When all four are together, even close friends like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones sense invisible barriers thrown up between themselves and outsiders. "We're still our own best friends," each...