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What did The Beatles do today February 8?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 8

Most music fans know that The Beatles were a UK band founded in 1960. They were 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 1958 through 2010.

On this day in 1958 The Quarrymen play at the Wilson Hall in Garston, England.  McCartney introduces Harrison to Lennon and music will never be the same.

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The Beatles 1964

On this day in 1964 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is in its 2nd week at number 1 in the US.  “I Saw Her Standing There” enters the US Top 100.  “She Loves You” is in its 3rd week in the US Top 100.  The Beatles rehearse for the Ed Sullivan Show performance, at the CBS Studios in New York.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles are in the studio working on the first 8 takes of “Good Morning Good Morning”.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio overdubbing and mixing “The Inner Light”.  They are also working on “Across The Universe” which they decide will be set aside for inclusion on a World Wildlife Foundation platter.  Instead “The Inner Light” will be used as the B-side of their next single.  They also release an EP in Australia titled Norwegian Wood.

On this day in 1969 Lennon and Ono’s Unfinished Music No. 1–Two Virgins enters the ranking at number 158 in the US.

On this day in 1972 Paul McCartney and Wings play an impromptu, unannounced gig at the Nottingham University in the UK.

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Ringo Starr 2010

On this day in 1983 McCartney wins an award for Best British Male Solo Artist at the second annual Brit Awards held in London, England.

On this day in 2010 Starr becomes the 2,401st person to be included on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked its 50th anniversary.

(Images courtesy of SaturdayEveningPost and AP )

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