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What did The Beatles do today February 1?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 1

Most audio aficionados know that The Beatles were a UK 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 2008.


The Beatles 1963

On this day in 1963 The Beatles begin preparation for their first British tour.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles release the EP 4 By The Beatles in the US.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles record the first 9 takes of   “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

On this day in 1968 Lennon ships his Rolls Royce to the US for his personal use.  Also on this day, Starr rehearses for his appearance on the BBC TV show “Cilla”.

On this day in 1990 McCartney performs at the Palace of Auburn Hills, in Auburn Hills, Michigan as part of his “Get Back Tour”.


Paul McCartney 2008

On this day in 2008 NASA officially announces that The Beatles’  “Across the Universe” will be the first song to ever be directly beamed into space.  They report that the tune “will be transmitted through the Deep Space Network – a network of antennas – on the 40th anniversary “of the song’s recording.   They state it will be “aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth.”  McCartney sends a message to NASA remarking that this project is an “amazing” act and adds: “Well done, NASA.  Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.”

(Images courtesy of BeatlePhotoBlog and DoreyMeBlogs)

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