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What did the Beatles do today January 31?

The Beatles: On this day in music history


Most music fans know that The Beatles were a British 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 Beatles-related moments.  The events date from 1963 through 2003.

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The Beatles 1963

On this day in 1963 The Beatles performed an evening concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, England.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles and Tony Sheridan release the single “Sweet Georgia Brown” backed with “Nobody’s Child” in the UK.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles shoot another clip for “Strawberry Fields Forever” in Sevenoaks, Kent in England.  It’s also here that John Lennon stops in an antique shop and buys a circus poster from 1843 that will later inspire the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the Apple studios working on final recordings that were not apt for the rooftop concert.  The songs included:  “The Long And Winding Road“, “Let It Be” and “Two Of Us”.  They also just jammed into a take of “Lady Madonna” that was not considered good enough to be released.

On this day in 1970 “Something” and “Come Together” both reach their 16th and final week in the US Top 40.

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“Double Fantasy”

On this day in 1974 Ringo Starr’s cover of “You’re Sixteen” goes gold.

On this day in 1981 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” reaches its 14th week in the US Top 40.  His single “Woman” hits its 3rd week in the US Top 40.  His Double Fantasy album reaches its 6th week at number one in the US.

On this day in 2003 a chart on album sales in the UK over the previous 5 years reveals that The Beatles are in 5th place with album sales totaling 4.7 million.

(Images courtesy of MojoHandle and ImaginePeace)

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