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The Beatles: On this day in music history

January 26

Most music aficionados know that The Beatles were a Brit band founded in 1960. They were one of the most critically and commercially successful acts in history. The line-up from 1962 on included: John Lennon (guitar, keys, and vocals), Paul McCartney (bass, keys, guitar and vocals), George Harrison (guitar, keys and vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, percussion, piano and vocals).

On this day in music history, there were several noteworthy, memorable Beatles-related moments.  The events occurred between 1969 and 1974.

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The Beatles 1969

On this day in  1969 The Beatles are in the studio recording version two of  “Dig It” and a medley of their adaptations of Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Wilbur Harrison’s version of “Kansas City”, Little Richard’s “Miss Ann”, Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes”, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles’ “You Really Got A Hold On Me” and a mainly instrumental version of “Tracks Of My Tears”.

Harrison, a huge fan of Robinson, recorded two tribute tunes for him: “Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)” and “Pure Smokey”.  The Beatles also recorded Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity” and “The Long And Winding Road”.

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Ringo Starr 1973

On this day in 1970 Ringo Starr’s motion picture The Magic Christian is premiered in Beverly Hills, California.  Also on this day in 1970, former Beatle John Lennon composes and records his song “Instant Karma” in one day.  It was produced by Phil Spector.

On this day in 1974 ex-Beatle Ringo Starr scores a number one hit with his version of The Sherman Brothers’ “You’re Sixteen”.

(Images courtesy of Curvature and BeatlePhotoBlog)

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