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The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 16

Most music mavens know that The Beatles were a Brit band founded in 1960. They were perhaps the most critically and commercially successful groups 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 Beatles-related moments.  The events date from 1963 through 1996.


“Please Please Me”

On this day in 1963 Angus McBean photographs the band for the Please Please Me LP cover.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles give their 2nd performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles are in the studio overdubbing “I Need You” and “Another Girl”.  Later they record multiple takes of “Yes It Is”.  Finally, for the first time the band uses a foot-controlled tone pedal while working on “I Need You”.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles work on recording, overdubbing and remixing “Good Morning Good Morning”.

On this day in 1970 The Beatles Book ends publication.

On this day in 1972 Lennon is recorded performing with Chuck Berry during Lennon and Yoko Ono’s week of hosting “The Mike Douglas Show”.


“Anthology “

On this day in 1973 Ono releases her platter Approximately Infinite Universe in the UK.  Lennon (under the name Joel Nohnn—an anagram of John Lennon) plays guitar and provides backing vocals.  Guest artist Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones said he “was playing the guitar very loudly” with Lennon.

On this day in 1984 Rolling Stone features a cover picture of The Beatles taken from the June 1963 photo session.

On this day in 1996 Anthology 1 is in the Top 40 in several countries around the world.

(Images courtesy of Wikipedia  and RedList)

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