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What did The Beatles do today February 3?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 3

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 2001.


The Beatles 1963

On this day in 1963 The Beatles perform at the Cavern.

On this day in 1964 the platter Meet The Beatles! And the single “I Want To Hold Your Hand“/”I Saw Her Standing There” both went gold.

On this day in 1968 the Magical Mystery Tour reaches its fifth week at number one in the US.  Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio working on the first three official takes of “Lady Madonna”.  This is also the start of the sessions for the “Lady Madonna”/“The Inner Light” single.

On this day in 1969 The Steve Miller Band is recording the song “My Dark Hour”.  McCartney plays bass, some drugs and sings backing vocals using the name Paul Ramon.

On this day in 1973 McCartney’s song “Hi, Hi, Hi” slots in at number 10 on the US Billboard charts.

On this day in 1975 shooting begins for the motion picture Lisztomania.   Roger Daltrey of The Who stars.  Ringo Starr plays the Pope.


The beatles’ “1”

On this day in 1996 Abbey Road slots in at number 3 in the US Pop Catalog.  Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band slots in at number 5 and The Beatles 1967-1970 is placed at number 10.

On this day in 2001 The Beatles’ 1 reaches its 8th and final week at number one in the US.

(Images courtesy of NNM and Coveralia)


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