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What did The Beatles do today January 30?

The Beatles: On this day in music history


Most music mavens know that The Beatles were a Brit band founded in 1960. They were perhaps 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 Beatles-related moments.  The events date from 1963 through 1999.


The Beatles 1963

On this day in 1963, The Beatles played a “lunchtime” gig at the Cavern Club.

On this day in 1964, the single “Please Please Me” backed with “From Me To You” is released in the US.

On this day in 1965 The BeatlesBeatles ’65 is at number one on the Billboard charts for its fourth week.  Also on this day “I Feel Fine” hits its 9th week the Billboard  Top 40.  “She’s A Woman” reaches its 8th and last week in the Top 40 as well.

On this day in 1967 Lennon, McCartney and manager Brian Epstein go to a concert by the Who and Jimi Hendrix.  They also work on a shoot for the music video “Strawberry Fields Forever” although one scene involving Paul jumping into a tree cannot be filmed because of bad lighting.

On this day in 1968 Harrison officially completes his album Wonderwall Music.

On this day in 1969 The Beatles record their famous rooftop concert.  Songs include: “Get Back“, “The One After 909“, “Dig A Pony“, “God Save The Queen“,  “I’ve Got A Feeling” and  “Don’t Let Me Down”.   (Multiple versions were recorded.)  It would also be their final live performance.

On this day in 1971 Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and “Isn’t It A Pity” are both in their 9th week on the Billboard Top 40.  His album All Things Must Pass reaches its fifth week at number one in the US.

On this day in 1972 McCartney composes and records his protest piece “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” within 24 hours of the infamous Bloody Sunday.

On this day in 1988 Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set On You” is in its 12th week in the US Top 40.


Ringo Starr 1998

On this day in 1993 Starr is a guest on “Late Night With David Letterman” on NBC.  They tape the show in the same studio that The Beatles used for their premiere on the “The Ed Sullivan Show”.

On this day in 1999 VH-1 broadcasts the Ringo Starr edition of “Hard Rock Live” in the US.

(Images courtesy of BeatlesBible and Spokeo)

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