February 1 This Day In Beatle History
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Wednesday, February 1, 1961: The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

Thursday, February 1, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they perform at the Thistle Cafù, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire. This performance is the first for which Brian Epstein took a commission, although he only takes 10% to cover the cost of petrol, oil, and miscellaneous expenses. The Beatles are paid the substantial (for that time) fee of 18 pounds. The Thistle Cafù was a dance instruction hall and cafù, and for this performance Brian Epstein convinced the proprietor to call it "The Beatle Club". The show was advertised as the "Grand Opening of The Beatle Club", but The Beatles never played there again! Support group: Steve Day & the Drifters.

Friday, February 1, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and at St. Peter's Church Hall (Maney Hall) in Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. The two venues are eight miles apart.

Saturday, February 1, 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).

Saturday, February 1, 1964: The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.

Monday, February 1, 1965: US release of 4-song EP "4 by The Beatles" (Capitol). Songs: "Honey Don't", "I'm a Loser", "Mr. Moonlight", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby". 5 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #68.

Wednesday, February 1, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording takes 1-9 of the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". It wasn't until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul got the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for the album. The recording session begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 2:30 am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2 This Day In Beatle History

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Thursday, February 2, 1961: The Beatles perform at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

Friday, February 2, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Oasis Club in Manchester. This is their first professionally-arranged out-of-town performance; Brian Epstein's efforts are beginning to pay off. The song list for the evening's performance is: "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "The Sheik of Araby", "September In the Rain", "Dizzy Miss Lizzie", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "Till There Was You", "Memphis", "What a Crazy World We Live In", "Like Dreamers Do", "Money", "Young Blood", "Honeymoon Song", "Hello Little Girl", "So How Come", "Oo My Soul", "To Know Her is to Love Her" or "Hully Gully", "Roll Over Beethoven", "The Love of the Loved", "Dance/Twist in the Streets", "Dream", and "Searchin'".

Saturday, February 2, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, Yorkshire. This is the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro tour, with The Beatles playing at the bottom of the six-act bill. Helen Shapiro, a sixteen-year-old from London, had been voted Best British Female Singer for both 1961 and 1962. The Beatles perform four songs, "Chains", "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", "A Taste of Honey", and "Please Please Me". The Beatles also have two alternate songs prepared for use during the tour, "Love Me Do" and "Beautiful Dreamer". With the tour's second date three days away, The Beatles travel back to Liverpool to appear at the Cavern Club.

Sunday, February 2, 1964: The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.

Thursday, February 2, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording the lead and backing vocals for the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 3 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 3, 2004: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles first landing on American soil, Apple released "The Beatles First U.S. Visit", the film that documented this momentous event, in a new DVD package. This groundbreaking film offers 13 performances taken from the Ed Sullivan show and their debut American concert at the Washington Coliseum. The Beatles First US Visit uniquely chronicles the inside story of the two remarkable weeks when Beatlemania first ignited America.

Friday, February 3, 1961: The Beatles perform at St. John's Hall, Bootle. For this show The Beatles receive a larger fee from the promoter than usual--7.5 pounds (7 pounds, 10 shillings).

Saturday, February 3, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

Sunday, February 3, 1963: The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club, headlining an eight-hour, eight band "Rhythm and Blues Marathon".

Monday, February 3, 1964: US release of LP "The Beatles With Tony Sheridan and Their Guests" (MGM). Includes "Why", "Cry For a Shadow", "My Bonnie", "The Saints", and non-Beatles material. 14 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #68.

Monday, February 3, 1964: The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. Earlier in the day they had gone to the US embassy in Paris to obtain visas and permits to visit and work in the United States.

Friday, February 3, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul re-records his vocal part for "A Day in the Life", as well as a bass part. Ringo re-records his drum part for the same song, to get a different sound.

Saturday, February 3, 1968: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Lady Madonna". The Beatles' planned trip to India is near, so they decide to record a single to be released during their absence from England. After three piano/drum takes are taped, The Beatles overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals.

Monday, February 3, 1969: American Allen Klein is hired by John, George, and Ringo to handle The Beatles' financial affairs. Paul refuses to be represented by Klein; he wants John Eastman to continue to represent him. This split is a key moment in the disintegration of The Beatles. As a compromise with Paul, the other Beatles agree to let Eastman and Eastman serve as The Beatles' general counsel. But the antagonism between the brash Klein and the refined Eastmans leaves everyone miserable and unhappy with the situation. Klein's abrasiveness toward Clive Epstein leads Epstein to sell Nemperor to Triumph Investment instead of to The Beatles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 4 This Day In Beatle History

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Saturday, February 4, 1961: The Beatles perform at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool.

Sunday, February 4, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 4, 1963: The Beatles perform their last lunchtime show at the Cavern Club.

Tuesday, February 4, 1964: The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. This is the final night of their three-week engagement in France.

Tuesday, February 4, 1964: The Beatles appear on the cover of the US magazine "Newsweek".

Sunday, February 4, 1968: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Across the Universe". When John and Paul decide the song needs some falsetto harmonies, they invite two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two girls are Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian temporarily living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease. The Beatles' "Anthology 2" has a take recorded on this date, one without the girls' vocals (Disc 2, Track 20). [Note: the "Anthology 2" booklet gives the date of the recording as February 3, but this appears to be an error. Mark Lewisohn, Bill Harry, and Allen Weiner all give February 4 as the correct date]. After the girls leave the studio, The Beatles record overdubs of unusual effects. One, called "Hums Wild", features 15-seconds of layered humming recordings. Another effect tape is a guitar piece which, along with a third harp-like sound tape, is intended to be played backwards for overdubbing onto "Across the Universe".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 5 This Day In Beatle History

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Sunday, February 5, 1961: The Beatles perform at Blair Hall, Walton, Liverpool.

Monday, February 5, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they perform at the Kingsway Club in Southport. Drummer Pete Best is ill and unable to perform with The Beatles for these two shows, and John, Paul, and George are unanimous in wanting Ringo Starr to sit in as Best's temporary replacement. Since Ringo's group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, has a day off, Ringo accepts and performs with The Beatles.

Tuesday, February 5, 1963: Back on the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Wednesday, February 5, 1964: The Beatles fly from France's Le Bourget airport to London Airport, and they are greeted by 100 excited schoolgirls (and in the middle of a schoolday, too!).

Sunday, February 5, 1967: The Beatles film the "Penny Lane" promotional video. They go to Stratford in the East End of London, where they are filmed riding white horses and walking around Angel Lane from about noon to 4:00 pm. The film director, on a separate date, goes to Liverpool to shoot location shots of the real Penny Lane, with some of that footage spliced in with the sequences featuring the Beatles, to give the illusion that The Beatles are walking along the real Penny Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 6 This Day In Beatle History

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Thursday, February 6, 1958: The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and perhaps John "Duff" Lowe) perform at Wilson Hall, Garston, Liverpool. Although the memories of the participants differ greatly as to when George Harrison met The Quarry Men for the first time, it is generally accepted that February 6 is the most plausible date. George was never officially asked to become a member of The Quarry Men, but he worked his way into the group by persistently sitting in during rehearsals and filling in when one of The Quarry Men was unable to perform.

Monday, February 6, 1961: The Beatles perform at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool.

Wednesday, February 6, 1963: On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Granada Cinema, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Tuesday, February 6, 1968: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio One, EMI Studios, London). With Ringo appearing on the "Cilla" television program, John, Paul and George hold a recording session without him. They finish "Lady Madonna" and just about complete "The Inner Light". But they take time out to watch Ringo on the telly. For "Lady Madonna", a four-man saxophone section is brought into the studio to overdub the rooty-toot sax parts. For "The Inner Light" George overdubs vocals onto the instrumental track that was recorded in Bombay. A remix version of the takes that make up the master tape of "Lady Madonna" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 2" (Disc two, Track 19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 7 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 7, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Merseyside Civil Service Club, Liverpool, for a fee of 5 pounds.

Wednesday, February 7, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - at lunchtime and then again at night.

Thursday, February 7, 1963: On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Regal Cinema, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Friday, February 7, 1964: UK release of Beatles EP "All My Loving" (Parlophone). Songs: "All My Loving", "Ask Me Why", "Money", and "P.S. I Love You". Highest chart position: #1.

Friday, February 7, 1964: The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time, being welcomed with extreme media coverage and rampant Beatlemania. The demands on their time never let up from the moment they set down at John F. Kennedy International Airport, greeted by 5,000 screaming fans, until their return home on February 21. Reporters, photographers, radio stations, and TV news crews follow their every move. Added to this was the film crew accompanying The Beatles to shoot a documentary of their American visit. The results of the documentary filming was a UK broadcast on Feb.12 titled "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Beatles in New York" and a US broadcast on Feb. 13 called "The Beatles in America" (the US broadcast was presented by actress Carol Burnett as part of a weekly documentary series called "The Entertainers"). Over the next few days, The Beatles give extensive interviews to disc jockey Murray the K and to Ed Rudy. The Beatles' US merchandising company, Seltaeb, is inundated with requests for licenses to market Beatles merchandise.

Monday, February 7, 1966: One source gives this date as the US release date for the "Nowhere Man/What Goes On" single, but the majority of sources give the release date as being February 21.

Tuesday, February 7, 1967: The Beatles complete filming for the "Penny Lane" promotional video. At Knole Park, Sevenoaks, they ride on white horses through an archway in a ruined wall. Then they are filmed sitting around a formal dinner table by a pond, and two men in wigs (one of them Mal Evans) "serve" the Beatles their musical instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

February 8 This Day In Beatle History

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Wednesday, February 8, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool. The Beatles' new road manager, Neil Aspinall, is in charge of getting them from their first engagement to Hambleton Hall.

Friday, February 8, 1963: On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the ABC Cinema, Carlisle, Cumberland, playing for two "houses". One of the tour's most memorable moments happens after the show when The Beatles, Helen Shapiro, and Kenny Lynch are thrown out of a dance sponsored by the Carlisle Golf Club, being held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, for wearing leather jackets into the ballroom.

Saturday, February 8, 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the #1 single in the US for the second straight week.

Saturday, February 8, 1964: The Beatles rehearse for their first live appearance on American television, "The Ed Sullivan Show". The rehearsal is at Studio 50, Broadway and West 53rd St., New York City, New York.

Monday, February 8, 1965: Release in Sweden of Beatles single "Rock and Roll Music/If I Fell" (Parlophone). Ten weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

Wednesday, February 8, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio two, EMI Studios, London). Recording begins for "Good Morning, Good Morning". The song's title was inspired by a British television commercial for Kellogg's cornflakes. The Beatles tape eight takes of the basic rhythm track.

Thursday, February 8, 1968: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). After John and Paul overdub their backing vocals for George's song "The Inner Light", the Beatles unsuccessfully try to complete the recording of "Across the Universe". In the end, John is not satisfied with the song. John had wanted "Across the Universe" to be on the next Beatles' single, along with "Lady Madonna", but he readily agrees to give "The Inner Light" that honor instead. Spike Milligan is attending the session as a guest of George Martin, and he requests permission to use "Across the Universe" on a charity album he is putting together to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. The Beatles agree, and the song eventually will appear on the "No One's Gonna Change Our World" LP, which is not released until December 1969. Wildlife sound effects will be added to "Across the Universe" for that album.

Saturday, February 8, 1986: US release of Beatles interview album "All Our Loving" (Cicadelic). Interviews from 1964-65, not previously released.

Thursday, February 9, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. Although the Quarry Men had played here three years previously, this is The Beatles' first performance at the club that will become an important part of The Beatles legend. Their fee for this day's appearance is 5 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



February 9 This Day In Beatle History

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Friday, February 9, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night. They also perform at Technical College Hall, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Saturday, February 9, 1963: On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland, Durham, playing for two "houses". The first leg of the Shapiro tour is due to finish the next evening with two shows in Peterborough. But The Beatles will be replaced at Peterborough by Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, for The Beatles have a recording session booked in London for February 11th, for the purpose of recording their first album.

Sunday, February 9, 1964: The Beatles appear live on US television, on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Before an audience of 728 screaming fans, The Beatles perform three songs at the beginning of the program, "All My Loving", "Till There Was You", and "She Loves You". During the second half, on another stage set, they perform "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". During the song "Till There Was You", close-ups of each Beatle are shown, with their first names appearing on the screen for each of them. When John's picture and name are shown, there is an additional caption, "Sorry Girls, He's Married". Watching The Beatles were 73 million Americans, the largest US television audience for one show up to that time. That had to have been gratifying to the advertisers whose ads bracketed The Beatles' two sets: Aero Shave, Anacin, Kent, and Pillsbury. Earlier that morning, while The Beatles were rehearsing for their TV appearance, George Harrison was missing, suffering from a sore throat. To help the cameras set up for all four Beatles, Neil Aspinall stood in George's place during the rehearsal. That afternoon, George back in full swing, The Beatles taped their third appearance on Ed Sullivan's show, for broadcast by Sullivan on February 23 (after The Beatles had returned to England). The performance was taped before a live studio audience, with The Beatles performing "Twist and Shout", "Please Please Me", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". It was surely somewhat bizarre for The Beatles, who had yet to appear on Sullivan's show, to hear their host introducing their "3rd performance" during the taping, Sullivan saying "All of us on the show are so darned sorry, and sincerely sorry, that this is the third and thus our last current show with The Beatles, because these youngsters from Liverpool, England, and their conduct over here, not only as fine professional singers but as a group of fine youngsters, will leave an imprint on everyone over here who's met them." In addition to this show's first broadcast on February 23, it was repeated on the Sullivan show on August 23. "The Beatles Anthology 1" includes "All My Loving" from the first Sullivan show (Disc 2, Track 9).

Thursday, February 9, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Regent Sound Studio, Tottenham Court Road, London). The first Beatles recording session outside of Abbey Road studios since the Beatles signed their recording contract with EMI. They record 3 takes of "Fixing A Hole".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 10 This Day In Beatle History

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Friday, February 10, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool.

Saturday, February 10, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Youth Club, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall, Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Monday, February 10, 1964: The Beatles hold a press conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Friday, February 10, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio One, EMI Studios, London). Recording of the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of "A Day in the Life". The crashing piano chord ending has not yet been created. At this point, the Beatles record a long vocal "hummmmmmmmmmm" as the ending. The piano ending will replace it on February 22. The orchestra members have, at the Beatles' request, worn full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wears a red clown's nose, while another wears a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others are wearing funny hats and/or other assorted "carnival novelt[ies]". The proceedings were filmed for a possible "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" television special which was ultimately abandoned. "The Beatles Anthology 2" contains a composite mix made up of several outtakes of "A Day in the Life" (Disc two, Track 5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 11 This Day In Beatle History

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Saturday, February 11, 1961: The Beatles perform at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool, and at The Cassanova Club, Liverpool.

Sunday, February 11, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 11, 1963: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). During 585 minutes of studio time, The Beatles complete ten songs for their first album. While it was not unusual then for groups to record an album in a single day, it was unusual for one of this quality to be produced, especially one with so many original songs. On top of that, John Lennon was not well, suffering from a bad cold which affected his singing voice. However, liberal supplies of tea, milk, cigarettes, and Zubes "Soothing and Comforting" cough drops kept him going. The recordings: 13 takes of "There's a Place", 12 takes of "Seventeen" (later renamed "I Saw Her Standing There"), 7 takes of "A Taste of Honey", 8 takes of "Do You Want to Know a Secret", 11 takes of "Misery", 3 takes of "Anna (Go To Him)", 1 take of "Boys", 4 takes of "Chains", 3 takes of "Baby It's You", and two takes of "Twist and Shout" (the first take recorded was the one used on the album). The Beatles also recorded 13 takes of "Hold Me Tight", but were unhappy with the results and put it aside (it will be re-recorded later, on September 12, 1963, and included on The Beatles' second album, "With the Beatles"). The four songs from The Beatles' first two singles make up the balance of the album, "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "Please Please Me", and "Ask Me Why". The album, "Please Please Me", was released on the Parlophone label on March 22, 1963, and it was the #1 LP in the UK for 30 weeks, until it was replaced at the top by "With the Beatles". Released in the US as "Introducing the Beatles" (only 12 songs) on the VeeJay label, the album was on the charts for 49 weeks and made it up to #2, held out of the #1 spot by Capitol Records' "Meet the Beatles" (the US LP that is more or less equivalent with "With the Beatles").

Tuesday, February 11, 1964: The Beatles travel from New York to Washington, D.C. by train, during a blizzard, for their first concert in the United States. That night The Beatles perform for 8,092 fans at the Washington Coliseum. They perform "Roll Over Beethoven", "From Me to You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Please Please Me", "Till There Was You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Twist and Shout", and "Long Tall Sally". The support acts were Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons. The stage setting was definitely weird. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they faced a different part of the surrounding audience at each change. George had problems with two microphones, and the whole thing was a bit ludicrous, but The Beatles were marvelous sports about it all. The concert was filmed and later transmitted as a closed-circuit broadcast to theaters in March, the film omitting the closing number "Long Tall Sally". After their performance at the Coliseum, The Beatles visit the British Embassy, a thoroughly unpleasant experience. They are insulted and shoved around by the diplomats and their wives, one of the women sneaking up behind Ringo and cutting off a lock of his hair.

Sunday, February 11, 1968: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Hey Bulldog". This song is given over for the "Yellow Submarine" animated film project, in place of the uncompleted "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)". The song will appear in British prints of the film, but not originally in the US version. Beatlephiles in the US will not see the "Hey Bulldog" film sequence until it is re-inserted into the film during the 1999 remastering of the movie. While recording "Hey Bulldog", The Beatles are filmed at work for the making of a promotional video. Although The Beatles were filmed performing "Hey Bulldog", the video portion will be used for a film clip of "Lady Madonna", featuring that song's audio track. It won't be until 1999 that the video is shown with its original "Hey Bulldog" soundtrack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 12 This Day In Beatle History

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Sunday, February 12, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 12, 1962: The Beatles travel to Broadcasting House, Manchester, Lancashire for their Brian Epstein-arranged audition for a chance to perform on radio. Producer Peter Pilbeam listens to The Beatles perform four songs: Paul McCartney sings "Till There Was You" and his composition "Like Dreamers Do"; John Lennon sings "Memphis" and his composition "Hello Little Girl". Pilbeam votes "no" on Paul's performance, but votes "yes" on John's. His final answer is "Yes", and the Beatles are booked to record an appearance on the radio program "Teenager's Turn" on March 7.

Tuesday, February 12, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Azena Ballroom, Gleadless, Sheffield, Yorkshire and at the Astoria Ballroom, Oldham, Lancashire.

Wednesday, February 12, 1964: The Beatles return to New York City by train (from Washington, D.C.) for two performances at Carnegie Hall. Total attendance for both shows was the capacity, 5,800. Ticket prices ranged from $1.65 to $5.50. There was such a demand for tickets that some seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Capitol Records wanted to record these shows, but union opposition from the American Federation of Musicians prevented it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 13 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 13, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a lunchtime show.

Wednesday, February 13, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom in Hull.

Thursday, February 13, 1964: The Beatles fly from New York to Miami Beach, Florida, for their second live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", to be broadcast from the Deauville Hotel.

Monday, February 13, 1967: US release of Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" (Capitol). 10 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

Monday, February 13, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles record "Only A Northern Song", but the song would not be completed until April 20 and would not be released until its appearance on the "Yellow Submarine" LP in 1969. George Harrison, not having a name for the song (again), used "Not Known" as the working title. The Beatles record nine takes of the basic rhythm track. The session begins at 7:00 pm and runs until 3:30 am.

Monday, February 13, 1995: UK release of Beatles single "Baby It's You/I'll Follow the Sun/Devil in Her Heart/Boys" (Parlophone/Apple). Highest UK chart position is #7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 14 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 14, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. Advertisements for the Cassanova Club appearance credited The Beatles as the originators of a foot-stomping dance called "The Atom Beat". At Litherland Town Hall, while The Beatles are presenting a Valentine's Day show, Paul McCartney sings Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", and he is wearing an honest-to-god wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart is raffled off, and the winner is also to get a kiss from Paul. When the winning girl goes on stage to get her prize and kiss, dozens of other girls follow her, squealing in an early display of "Beatlemania". John is knocked to the floor and the club's bouncers close the curtain and stop the show until order has been restored.

Wednesday, February 14, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

Thursday, February 14, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool. This is a St. Valentine's Day dance.

Friday, February 14, 1964: The Beatles rehearse for their second live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

Tuesday, February 14, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for "Only a Northern Song", including two George Harrison lead vocals.

Monday, February 14, 1972: Release in Sweden of Beatles single "All Together Now/Hey Bulldog" (Apple). Two weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #7.

Friday, February 14, 1986: UK release of a one-hour videocassette called "British Rock: the First Wave". It includes footage of The Beatles in Manchester in November 1963; in Sweden in October 1963; at the 1964 and 1965 'New Musical Express' Poll Winners Concerts; in Washington D.C. in 1964; John's "apology" on Aug. 11, 1966; and the premiere of the movie "Yellow Submarine".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 15 This Day In Beatle History

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Wednesday, February 15, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

Thursday, February 15, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they perform before an audience of 3500 at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. Sharing the bill with The Beatles is Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazz Band.

Friday, February 15, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Ritz Ballroom, Birmingham.

Saturday, February 15, 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the #1 single in the US for the third straight week.

Saturday, February 15, 1964: The Beatles give an interview by telephone to Dick Clark during the ABC-TV show "American Bandstand". That afternoon they rehearse at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, for their second live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show".

Monday, February 15, 1965: US release of Beatles single "Eight Days a Week/I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" (Capitol). 10 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

Monday, February 15, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Ticket to Ride", "Another Girl", and "I Need You". "Ticket to Ride" is completed, but the other two songs require overdubs, which are done the following day.

Wednesday, February 15, 1967: Release in Sweden of Beatles single "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever" (Parlophone). Seven weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

Thursday, February 15, 1968: John Lennon and George Harrison, with their wives, travel to Rishikesh, India, to study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi. Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, and Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen, follow on the 19th. Ringo and Maureen leave after only 10 days, bored with the routine and sick of the food. Paul and Jane leave on March 26. John and George and their wives leave after 11 weeks following an accusation (now thought to be untrue) that the Maharishi was attempting to seduce Mia Farrow, another acolyte. John and George leave on April 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 16 This Day In Beatle History

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Thursday, February 16, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

Friday, February 16, 1962: The Beatles perform at Technical College Hall in Birkenhead and at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.

Saturday, February 16, 1963: The Beatles perform at Carfax Assembly Rooms, Oxford, Oxfordshire.

Sunday, February 16, 1964: The Beatles' second live appearance on US television, on "The Ed Sullivan Show", exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles perform "She Loves You", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me to You", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". The Beatles were not the headline act, that distinction going to Mitzi Gaynor (go figure), but 70-75 million viewers tuned in, and itÒs a sure bet that a bunch of them weren't at all interested in Mitzi Gaynor. The show is re-broadcast on September 20.

Tuesday, February 16, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). "I Need You" is completed with overdubs of George's vocal, cowbell, and tone-pedal guitar. "Another Girl" is completed with the overdubbing of a guitar part. Then "Yes It Is" is begun and completed in 14 takes. Take 2 of "Yes It Is", with the ending from the master version, is included on "The Beatles Anthology 2" (Disc one, Track 2).

Thursday, February 16, 1967: The Beatles' promotional videos for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" are broadcast on UK television, on the BBC program "Top of the Pops". "Penny Lane" is repeated on February 23 and "Strawberry Fields Forever" is repeated on March 2. [Note: a 1 min 10 sec extract from the "Penny Lane" film had been shown on the BBC program "Juke Box Jury" on February 11.] The ITV program "As You Like It" broadcasts the "Penny Lane" video on March 11. Both film clips are first shown in the US on February 25, on the ABC program "Hollywood Palace".

Thursday, February 16, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording vocal and bass overdubs for "Good Morning Good Morning". "The Beatles Anthology 2" includes this day's completed version of the song, before animal sounds, horns, and other additional instruments are overdubbed (Disc two, Track 6).

Monday, February 16, 1987: UK re-release of Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" (Parlophone). 20th anniversary reissue. Issued as a regular single and also as a picture disc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 17 This Day In Beatle History

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Friday, February 17, 1961: The Beatles perform at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool.

Saturday, February 17, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

Sunday, February 17, 1963: The Beatles tape an appearance for ABC Television's "Thank Your Lucky Stars", which was the most influential pop program at the time. The Beatles 'play' a lip-sync performance of "Please Please Me". The show is broadcast on February 23.

Wednesday, February 17, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording "The Night Before" (2 takes) and "You Like Me Too Much" (8 takes).

Wednesday, February 17, 1965: The Beatles are awarded the Carl-Alan Award for Best Group of 1964.

Friday, February 17, 1967: UK release of Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" (Parlophone). 8 weeks on the charts; highest position #2.

Friday, February 17, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording begins for "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite". John's lyrics for this song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place near Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks a little over two weeks earlier (January 31) while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the "Strawberry Fields Forever" promotional film. Seven takes are recorded of the rhythm track for "Kite", and John then adds vocal overdubs. George Martin plays harmonium. "The Beatles Anthology 2" includes the incomplete takes 1 and 2 (Disc two, Track 8) and the completed take 7, with ending tape effects completed on Feb. 20 added onto the end (Disc two, Track 9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 18 This Day In Beatle History

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Saturday, February 18, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

Sunday, February 18, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby.

Monday, February 18, 1963: The Beatles perform two shows for two separate "houses" at Queen's Hall, Widnes. Both shows are sell-outs.

Tuesday, February 18, 1964: Release in Sweden of Beatles single "All My Loving/I Saw Her Standing There" (Odeon). Nine weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

Thursday, February 18, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (9 takes). Flautist Johnnie Scott is called in to record tenor flute and alto flute parts for John's song. Paul's "Tell Me What You See" is completed in four takes. The Beatles also record one take of a song intended as Ringo's vocal contribution for the next album, the Lennon-McCartney song "If You've Got Trouble". A few overdubs were recorded to the track, but it was judged a failure and shelved indefinitely. "The Beatles Anthology 2" includes "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" before the flute overdub (Disc one, Track 4). Also on "Anthology 2" is the previously-unreleased "If You've Got Trouble" (Disc one, Track 5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

February 19 This Day In Beatle History

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Sunday, February 19, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 19, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a lunchtime show.

Tuesday, February 19, 1963: The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The supporting act is Lee Curtis & the All-Stars, the group for which Pete Best is drummer. This is the last time that any of The Beatles will see Pete Best in person.

Friday, February 19, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). John's song "You're Going To Lose That Girl" is recorded in one day (two basic takes plus overdubs). An unsuccessful attempt is made on March 30 to improve the song, and the track completed this day is the one released on the "Help!' album.

Sunday, February 19, 1978: Broadcast on US television of a special about The Beatles, titled "All You Need Is Love".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 20 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 20, 1962: The Beatles perform at Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire. The evening was billed as a "Rock 'n' Trad Spectacular". Four other groups besides The Beatles perform, including Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, with the "trad" portion being provided by the Chris Hamilton Jazzmen.

Tuesday, February 20, 1962: Brian Epstein writes to Bert Kaempfert in Hamburg, requesting that he release The Beatles from their recording contract of May 1961. Kaempfert agrees in his letter dated March 3, 1962, requesting only that The Beatles record for Polydor during their 7-week engagement in Hamburg set to begin on April 13.

Wednesday, February 20, 1963: The Beatles perform two songs on the live BBC radio program "Parade of the Pops", a lunchtime radio show. They perform "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me". The Beatles had driven down from Liverpool during the night to London's Playhouse Theatre for this live radio appearance, which lasts about 4 minutes and 10 seconds. Then they face a long 160-mile trip back north, heading towards Yorkshire for their performance that night in Doncaster.

Wednesday, February 20, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Saturday, February 20, 1965: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording "That Means a Lot". Two takes were recorded, but the song didn't turn out well. The Beatles would try again on March 30, but it just didn't work out and the song was shelved. It was a pretty rare occurrence for The Beatles to give up on a song, so it is interesting that they did so twice within a period of three days, March 18-20, 1965, with the songs "If You've Got Trouble" and "That Means a Lot". "That Means a Lot" was released on "The Beatles Anthology 2" (Disc one, Track 6).

Monday, February 20, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). John had wanted to find an authentic hand-operated steam organ for "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite", but none is available. George Martin and Geoff Emerick take a tape of a calliope playing old Sousa marches, cut it into small sections, throw them into the air, and then reassemble them in random order. The effects are completed, but are not yet overdubbed onto the "Kite" tape-in-progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 21 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 21, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they appear at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

Wednesday, February 21, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club twice - at lunchtime and then again that night.

Thursday, February 21, 1963: The Beatles perform two shows for two separate "houses" at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead.

Thursday, February 21, 1963: Release in Sweden of Beatles single "Please Please Me/Ask Me Why" (Parlophone). Only 300 promotional copies are pressed. Due to the UK chart success of "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me" will be given general release in Sweden with "Love Me Do" on the flip side, on March 5, 1963.

Friday, February 21, 1964: The Beatles leave the US and return home to England. They arrive in London the morning of Feb. 22, at 8:10 am. Before their departure from America, The Beatles were filmed improvising a tune called "Guitar Blues", the footage being included in a documentary film called "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A."

Monday, February 21, 1966: US release of Beatles single "Nowhere Man/What Goes On" (Capitol). 9 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #3.

Tuesday, February 21, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). "Fixing a Hole", begun in Regent Studios on February 9, is completed with overdubs being recorded onto a reduction mixdown of take two.

Monday, February 21, 1994: US re-release of Beatles vinyl singles labeled 'For Jukeboxes Only': "Can't Buy Me Love/You Can't Do That" (green vinyl); "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby (yellow vinyl); "She Loves You/I'll Get You" (red vinyl); and "All You Need is Love/Baby You're a Rich Man" (pink vinyl). All released by Capitol/CEMA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 22 This Day In Beatle History

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Wednesday, February 22, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

Friday, February 22, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Oasis Club in Manchester.

Saturday, February 22, 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the #1 single in the US for the 4th straight week.

Saturday, February 22, 1964: If The Beatles expected to be able to rest upon returning to England, they were wrong. Arriving at London Airport in the morning, they hold a press conference, which is broadcast in the middle of a popular sports television broadcast, "Grandstand". Pathe News covered The Beatles return to England and made a documentary film out of the footage for distribution to theatres. There was plenty of radio coverage, too! The Beatles gave a phone interview to Brian Mathew for the program "Saturday Club". That interview was followed by a song request dedicated to George Harrison for his upcoming birthday--it was sent in by his mother (and the song was "Shop Around").

Monday, February 22, 1965: The Beatles fly to the Bahamas to begin filming their second movie, "HELP!" They stay at the luxurious Balmoral Club, near Cable Beach. The movie's original title was "Eight Arms to Hold You", but it would be changed to "HELP!" in mid-April.

Wednesday, February 22, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording the piano note ending for "A Day in the Life". John, Paul, Ringo, and Mal Evans, using three different pianos, simultaneously strike E major. It requires nine takes to get everyone hitting the note at the same moment. This is overdubbed three times, with a harmonium overdub by George Martin added in. The perfect ending for the song, and the album, had been found. Later in the session, the Beatles record an experimental track, "Anything" (aka "Drum Track"), 22 mins 10 secs long, of Ringo playing drums, augmented by tambourine and congas.

Saturday, February 22, 1969: The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). Recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (35 takes). The track will not be completed until August 11.

Tuesday, February 22, 1994: UK re-release of Beatles compilation album "The Beatles 1962-1966" on double LP (vinyl) using the digital masters. Also this date, the Beatles compilation album "The Beatles 1967-1970" is re-released on double LP (vinyl) from the digital masters. Only 20,000 copies of each are pressed for worldwide distribution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 23 This Day In Beatle History

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Friday, February 23, 1962: The Beatles perform four shows at three venues. First they play a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club. That evening they perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. The Beatles then rush to Technical College Hall in Birkenhead for a half-hour performance, after which they hurry back to the Tower Ballroom for a second performance.

Saturday, February 23, 1963: The Beatles perform on opening night of the second leg of the Helen Shapiro tour. They play at the Granada Cinema, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, performing for two "houses". Before their first performance, The Beatles crowd into Helen Shapiro's dressing room to watch their most recent appearance on the television program "Thank Your Lucky Stars", which had been taped on the 17th. Shapiro, as headliner of the tour, was the only one who had a television set.

Saturday, February 23, 1963: The Beatles' single "Please Please Me/Ask Me Why" reaches #1 on the "Disc" chart in the UK, the first #1 record for The Beatles. On March 2 it is #1 on the "New Musical Express" chart (for the week ending March 1) and also #1 on the "Melody Maker" chart. It also reaches #1 on the BBC and "Record Mirror" charts.

Sunday, February 23, 1964: Just back from the US, and with no time to rest, The Beatles travel to Teddington Studio Centre to record their second appearance on the ABC Television variety show "Big Night Out". Recording is done in front of a studio audience. The Beatles participate in three comedy skits, one of them showing customs inspectors searching The Beatles' luggage as they are returning from America and finding the suitcases are all filled with cash. Then The Beatles play lip-sync performances of "All My Loving", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Till There Was You", "Please Mr. Postman", "Money", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Broadcast on February 29.

Tuesday, February 23, 1965: The Beatles begin filming in the Bahamas for the movie "HELP!" (originally to be named "Eight Arms to Hold You"). First filmed are shots of Ringo listening to conch shells at a dock-side location (this scene would not be included in the final film). Then all four Beatles swim about fully clothed in the pool at the Nassau Beach Hotel (for the scene where The Beatles are escaping from the temple, diving through an opening in the hollow altar, into water, and surfacing at a busy hotel swimming pool).

Thursday, February 23, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). They start recording "Lovely Rita", taping eight takes of the rhythm track and a McCartney bass overdub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 24 This Day In Beatle History

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Friday, February 24, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey.

Saturday, February 24, 1962: The Beatles perform at two locations. First they appear at the YMCA in Hoylake, Wirral, Cheshire. The audience, unhappy with The Beatles' long introductions between songs, boo them off the stage. The Beatles then travel to the Cavern Club, where they perform after midnight, during one of the club's all-night sessions.

Sunday, February 24, 1963: The Beatles, on the Helen Shapiro tour, perform at Coventry Theatre, Coventry, Warwickshire.

Wednesday, February 24, 1965: The first full day of filming for the movie "HELP!" (8:30 am-5:30 pm). The Beatles are filmed riding bicycles around on Interfield Road, near the airport.

Friday, February 24, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). More work on "Lovely Rita", begun the previous day. Paul overdubs his lead vocal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 25 This Day In Beatle History

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Thursday, February 25, 1943: George Harold Harrison was born February 25 in family's terraced home, 12 Arnold Grove, in Liverpool

Saturday, February 25, 1961: The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool.

Sunday, February 25, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 25, 1963: US release of Beatles single "Please Please Me/Ask Me Why" (VeeJay).

Monday, February 25, 1963: With no tour performance scheduled for this night, The Beatles travel to Leigh, Lancashire, for a performance at the Casino Ballroom.

Tuesday, February 25, 1964: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Completion of "Can't Buy Me Love", The Beatles' next single, and nine takes of the B-side, "You Can't Do That". After a break, The Beatles tape two takes of "And I Love Her" and three takes of "I Should Have Known Better". "The Beatles Anthology 1" includes Take 6 of "You Can't Do That" and Take 2 of "And I Love Her" from this recording session (Disc 2, Tracks 10-11).

Thursday, February 25, 1965: The Beatles are in the Bahamas for the filming of "Eight Arms to Hold You" (later re-titled "HELP!"). More shots of The Beatles on bicycles, then Ringo and John are filmed at the nearby stadium of the Bahamas Softball Association. Later, Paul is filmed at some lime quarry caves.

Saturday, February 25, 1967: The Beatles' promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" are broadcast for the first time on US television, on the ABC television program "Hollywood Palace". Additional showings are on March 11 ("Clay Cole's Diskotek" and "American Bandstand") and March 14 ("Where the Action Is").

Monday, February 25, 1985: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono sue Paul McCartney for breach of contract, claiming that McCartney was earning more royalties from Beatles records than the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 26 This Day In Beatle History

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Sunday, February 26, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

Monday, February 26, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Kingsway Club, Southport.

Tuesday, February 26, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Taunton, Somerset. The Helen Shapiro tour resumes, but the terribly cold weather takes its toll on Shapiro, who is too ill with a cold to perform. Danny Williams takes her place at the top of the bill.

Wednesday, February 26, 1964: US release of LP "Jolly What! The Beatles and Frank Ifield on Stage" (VeeJay). Includes the previously-released "Please Please Me", "From Me to You", "Ask Me Why", and "Thank You Girl", along with non-Beatles tracks. Despite its title, this is not a live album. 6 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #103.

Wednesday, February 26, 1964: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Mixing of the master tapes for the "Can't Buy Me Love/You Can't Do That" single. The single is issued in the US on March 16 and in the UK on March 20, and it topped the charts all over the world. In the afternoon and evening, The Beatles record 19 additional takes of "I Should Have Known Better" and 17 additional takes of "And I Love Her", the latter track still not completed to their satisfaction.

Friday, February 26, 1965: The Beatles in the Bahamas doing filming for their second movie, "HELP!"

Thursday, February 26, 1970: US release of Beatles LP "The Beatles Again", later reissued as "Hey Jude" (Apple). When first released, the cover had the title "Hey Jude", but the label had the title "The Beatles Again". Songs: "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Should Have Known Better", "Paperback Writer", "Rain", "Lady Madonna", "Revolution", "Hey Jude", "Old Brown Shoe", "Don't Let Me Down", and "The Ballad of John and Yoko". 33 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #2.

Thursday, February 26, 1987: US re-release of Beatles album "Please Please Me" on CD (Capitol). Worldwide release on this date. This initial release on CD is in mono.

Thursday, February 26, 1987: US re-release of Beatles album "With the Beatles" on CD (Capitol). Worldwide release on this date. This initial release on CD is in mono.

Thursday, February 26, 1987: US re-release of Beatles album "A Hard Day's Night" on CD (Capitol). Worldwide release on this date. This initial release on CD is in mono.

Thursday, February 26, 1987: US re-release of Beatles album "Beatles For Sale" on CD (Capitol). Worldwide release on this date. This initial release on CD is in mono.

Thursday, February 26, 1987: UK re-release of Beatles' first 4 UK albums on CD: "Please Please Me", "With the Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", and "Beatles For Sale" (EMI). The worldwide release of the first Beatles albums on CD. All four were issued in mono.

Wednesday, February 26, 1997: The Beatles are awarded three Grammy Awards for "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group" (for "Free As A Bird"); "Best Music Video: Short Form (for "Free As A Bird"); and "Best Music Video: Long Form (for "The Beatles Anthology"). George Harrison comments, "What a nice surprise! It's good to know that people still like The Beatles."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 27 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 27, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a lunchtime show.

Wednesday, February 27, 1963: The Beatles, on the Helen Shapiro tour, perform at the Rialto Theatre, Fishergate, York, Yorkshire. Helen Shapiro, suffering from a bad cold, is too ill to perform for the second day in a row.

Thursday, February 27, 1964: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). After two more takes, "And I Love Her" is satisfactorily completed. Two other songs are started and finished: "Tell Me Why" (8 takes) and "If I Fell" (15 takes).

Saturday, February 27, 1965: The Beatles in the Bahamas for the filming of their second movie, "Eight Arms to Hold You", which is later re-titled "HELP!" Shooting takes place on Balmoral Island, including the "Another Girl" sequence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 28 This Day In Beatle History

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Tuesday, February 28, 1961: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they appear at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

Wednesday, February 28, 1962: The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

Thursday, February 28, 1963: The Beatles perform at the Granada Cinema, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Earlier in the day, in a bus carrying the entire tour group to Shrewsbury, John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose the song that will be their next single, "From Me to You". Helen Shapiro, her cold somewhat abated, performs after having missed two nights in the line-up.

Friday, February 28, 1964: UK release of Tony Sheridan/Beatles single "Why/Cry for a Shadow" (Polydor).

Friday, February 28, 1964: The Beatles record their second "From Us to You" radio program at the BBC Piccadilly Studios in London. They recorded the songs "You Can't Do That", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Till There Was You", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Please Mr. Postman", "All My Loving", "This Boy", and "Can't Buy Me Love". The show also opened and closed with a new 55-second adaptation of The Beatles' song "From Me to You" for the show's theme song. A BBC audience poll showed two distinct sets of listeners--those who loved The Beatles and their music, and those who thought their music was worthless and/or amateurish. Age seemed to be a significant factor in predicting which group a listener would belong to. [Note: the "From Us to You" intro is included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC" (Disc one, Track two). Also included are this day's recordings of "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Till There Was You" (Disc one, Tracks 32-34) and "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "All My Loving" (Disc two, Tracks 4-7)].

Sunday, February 28, 1965: Filming for the movie "Help!" continues in the Bahamas. This day's shooting takes place on Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island.

Tuesday, February 28, 1967: The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles rehearse "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds". They take so long getting the song worked out that formal recording doesn't begin until the following evening. John Lennon would later say that he didn't much care for the Beatles' version, but that he preferred the Elton John version of the song, on which Lennon played and sang. The song's title was born when John's son Julian (age 3) showed him a painting of a girl. Julian told John "It's Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds". Because Lennon was using LSD heavily at this time, many people have discounted this explanation and assumed he was simply covering up his drug reference to quell criticism from the Establishment. Lennon never changed his account of the song title's origin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 29 This Day In Beatle History

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Saturday, February 29, 1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is the #1 single in the US for the 5th straight week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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