John Lennon, Tina Turner, and The Beatles were respectively featured on the first three 1967 "Rolling Stone" magazine covers. "Rolling Stone" is an American monthly magazine, and it focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason.

The magazine was first known for its coverage of rock music and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine broadened and shifted its focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented TV shows, film actors, and popular music. Today (2021), it has returned to its traditional mix of content, including music, entertainment, and politics.

The first magazine was released in November 1967. It featured John Lennon in a military costume for the 1967 film "How I Won the War" on the cover. The following issues were published every two weeks. The second issue (November 23, 1967) had the very gifted 20th century singer, songwriter, and actress Tina Turner on the cover. The Beatles, a very popular and innovative English rock band, who recorded together for a little over 7 years were on the magazine's third cover which was published on December 14, 1967.

"Rolling Stone" magazine has always been known for provocative photography. The cover photos, featuring musicians, politicians, athletes, actors, and other celebrities have throughout the magazine's history been a fundamental part of each individual issue.

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