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What did The Beatles do today February 21?

The Beatles: On this day in music history

February 21

Most music mavens already know that The Beatles were a British 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 1961 through 1999.


The Beatles 1961 (Pete Best on drums)

On this day in 1961, The Beatles played a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in the UK.

On this day in 1964, The Beatles and Tony Sheridan release the single “My Bonnie“/”The Saints” in the U.S.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles release the single “Nowhere Man“/”What Goes On” in the U.S.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles are in the studio recording the song “Fixing A Hole”.


George and Olivia Harrison 1999

On this day in 1982 U.S. DJ Murray The K dies at the age of 60.  It is believed that he was the first disc jockey to play a Beatles record on the radio in the U.S.  In the early days of Beatlemania, he often referred to himself as “the Fifth Beatle”.

On this day in 1984 McCartney’s film Pipes Of Peace scores the Best Video award for 1983 at the British Rock and Pop Awards in London, England.

On this day in 1990 McCartney is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards show.

On this day in 1999, Harrison makes an on-air appearance at the close of the ABC TV broadcast of the motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus.  He appeals to the television audience and tells them that music can make a difference in the life of a child.

(Images courtesy of ShapersOfThe80s and RazmatazMag)

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