The Beatles: On this day in music history
Most music fans know that The Beatles were a UK 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 1995.
On this day in 1964 The Beatles hold a press conference in the VIP Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport. Lennon and then wife Cynthia are officially photographed together as a married couple for the first time before the band departs for America. They land in New York’s Kennedy Airport for a 10-day tour.
Also on this day New Musical Express reports that Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein turned down an £8,000 offer for The Beatles to perform at Madison Square Garden.
On this day in 1967 The Beatles are in Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent in England shooting additional footage for their “Penny Lane” video.
On this day in 1969 Lennon and Ono appear on cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Lennon is named the magazine’s “Man Of The Year”.
On this day in 1970 John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s Live Peace In Toronto platter moves up the US charts to the highest rank it will reach–number 10.
On this day in 1977 McCartney and Wings begin work on the LP London Town.
On this day in 1981 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy is number 1 for the 7th week in the US.
On this day in 1983 Yoko Ono releases the US single “Never Say Goodbye“/”Loneliness”. The A-side samples a recording of Lennon screaming Yoko’s name from their Wedding Album.
On this day in 1984 the 20th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the US is celebrated with a six-day EXPO in Miami, Florida.
On this day in 1986 the 22nd anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the US is celebrated on BBC1’s TV show “Fax!”
On this day in 1993 McCartney does a live radio special in the US titled “Official World Premiere Special” in order to publicize his Off The Ground album.
(Images courtesy of CTPost/AP and EW)