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What did The Beatles do today February 19?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 19

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 2008.

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The Beatles 1963

On this day in 1963 The Beatles have an evening performance at the Cavern.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles record two takes of “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”.

On this day in 1968 McCartney, Jane Asher, Starr and his wife Maureen go to Rishikesh, India to study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Upon their arrival in Delhi they are surrounded by the press.  Starr gets pains from the required immunization injections he had to get to travel to India.  They try to find a hospital but get lost.  They are shown the way by a convoy of press vehicles.

On this day in 1973 McCartney starts work on his television special “James Paul McCartney” at the ATV Television Studios, at Elstree in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England.  This is the first time a rock star has garnered a prime-time show produced for both U.K. and U.S.

On this day in 1977 Starr is a guest presenter at the annual Grammy Awards.

On this day in 1979 Fred Seaman starts working as an assistant to Lennon and Ono.  Seaman would later go on to write the book The Last Days of John Lennon.

On this day in 1987 Harrison, Jesse Ed Davis, John Fogerty and Bob Dylan join Taj Mahal on stage during a concert at the Palimino Club in Hollywood, California.

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“The John Lennon Collection”

On this day in 1990 The John Lennon Collection is released on CD in the US.

On this day in 1996 McCartney begins work on his song “Souvenir” in Sussex, England.

On this day in 2008 Q magazine and HMV compile a list of “the best British albums ever recorded.”   The Beatles have five albums in the Top 50 with Revolver in the number 4 slot.

(Images courtesy of BeatlePhotoBlog and Mol-TaGGeBlogSpot)

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W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.

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