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What did The Beatles do today February 4?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 4

Most music mavens 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 1965 through 1990.


The Beatles 1965

On this day in 1965 The Beatles release With The Beatles in Australia.  Also on this day, the publishing company Maclen (Music) Limited, a publishing company for Lennon and McCartney, is incorporated.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio recording several takes of “Across The Universe”.  Part of the day includes recording female harmonies.  For the first and only time McCartney invited hardcore fans to participate in the session.

On this day in 1972 the US Attorney General John Mitchell receives a secret letter from Senator Strom Thurmond which suggests that Lennon be deported.

On this day in 1974 Lennon and Ono temporarily separate due to the personal strains brought on by Lennon’s prolonged battle with U.S. immigration.

On this day in 1978 Lennon and Ono purchase several acres of land in Delaware County, New York for $178,000.  The property will serve as both a vacation getaway and as a place to raise Regis Holstein cows.


Paul McCartney 1990

On this day in 1987 McCartney produces Duane Eddy’s adaptation of his “Rockestra Theme” and also provides bass and backing vocals.

On this day in 1990 McCartney performs at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of his “Get Back Tour”.

(Images courtesy of Posh24 and TheBeatlesRarity)

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