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  • 1957-01-16 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
  • 1960-08-18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • 1961-03-21 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1961-06-22 Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg
  • 1961-06-24 Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
  • 1961-08-02 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • 1961-12-03 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • 1961-12-13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 1961-12-18 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
  • 1961-12-21 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
  • 1962-01-01 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

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1962-01-05 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1962-01-24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 1962-02-11 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
  • 1962-03-07 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • 1962-03-08 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • 1962-05-09 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1962-06-06 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for 1st time, they record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

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1962-08-16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1962-09-04 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1962-09-11 Beatles cut "Love Me Do" & "PS I Love You" with Andy White on drums
  • 1962-09-11 Drummer Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best of the Beatles
  • 1962-10-01 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977
  • 1962-10-05 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"
  • 1962-10-26 The Beatles record "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • 1962-11-26 Fab Four have their first recording session under name The Beatles
  • 1962-12-17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • 1963-01-11 Beatles release "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
  • 1963-02-02 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 1963-02-11 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
  • 1963-02-16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • 1963-02-22 Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs)
  • 1963-02-25 Beatles release their 1st single in US "Please Please Me"
  • 1963-03-05 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"
  • 1963-03-09 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

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1963-03-12 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1963-03-22 Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • 1963-04-05 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • 1963-04-12 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
  • 1963-04-21 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time

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1963-05-10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1963-06-04 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • 1963-06-20 Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
  • 1963-06-29 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts
  • 1963-07-01 The Beatles record "She Loves You" & "I'll Get You"
  • 1963-07-05 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon "From Me to You" at #87
  • 1963-07-22 The Beatles release "Introducing the Beatles"
  • 1963-08-01 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • 1963-08-03 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1963-08-23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • 1963-10-13 "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium

  • 1963-10-19 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1963-10-25 Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Sweden
  • 1963-10-29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published
  • 1963-10-31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport
  • 1963-11-11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles
  • 1963-11-22 The Beatles release their second album "With the Beatles" in UK
  • 1963-11-28 The Beatles "She Loves You" unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold
  • 1963-11-29 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom
  • 1963-12-06 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • 1963-12-13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • 1963-12-26 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the United States
  • 1964-01-03 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
  • 1964-01-10 "Introducing the Beatles" released 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • 1964-01-11 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • 1964-01-18 The Beatles make their first appearance on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand at #35)
  • 1964-01-20 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • 1964-01-25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • 1964-01-29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • 1964-02-01 The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," their first #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks
  • 1964-02-03 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • 1964-02-07 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 1964-02-09 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • 1964-02-11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • 1964-02-12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • 1964-02-15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • 1964-02-16 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1964-02-19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • 1964-02-21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • 1964-02-22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • 1964-03-02 Beatles begin filming "Hard Days Night", Harrison meets Patti Boyd
  • 1964-03-21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1964-04-03 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • 1964-04-04 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1964-05-02 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1964-05-24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1964-05-30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • 1964-05-30 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • 1964-06-04 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1964-06-06 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • 1964-06-07 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam
  • 1964-06-11 Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend
  • 1964-06-25 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • 1964-06-27 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97

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1964-07-02 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1964-07-06 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London
  • 1964-07-10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album
  • 1964-07-25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • 1964-08-01 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1964-08-05 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1902-07-07 James McCartney, father of Beatle Paul McCartney
  • 1911-08-26 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1922-02-14 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle)
  • 1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1930-07-27 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • 1932-05-07 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • 1934-09-19 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles)
  • 1939-09-10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1940-06-23 Stuart Sutcliffe, rocker (Beatles), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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1940-07-07 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

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1940-10-09 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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1942-06-18 Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1943-02-25 George Harrison, English pop star and Beatle (Traveling Wilburys-My Sweet Lord), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1946-08-04 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool (d. 1994)
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-09-13 Zak Starkey, English rock drummer, son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England
  • 1967-08-19 Jason Starkey, son of Beatle Ringo
  • 1969-08-28 Mary McCartney, daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney
  • 1971-09-13 Stella Nina McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney
  • 1977-09-12 James Louis McCartney, son of Paul & Linda McCartney

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1962-08-23 Musician and member of the Beatles, John Lennon weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

HeartWedding of Interest

1965-02-11 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-01-21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968-08-22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1968-11-08 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975-07-17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • 1939-10-10 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • 1958-07-15 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • 1962-04-10 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1967-08-27 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1970-07-07 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies
  • 1976-01-03 Mal Evans, Beatles' roadie, dies
  • 1976-04-01 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63

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1980-12-08 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1982-02-21 Murray "the K" Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1986-02-01 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • 1994-12-09 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • 1997-09-07 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

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2001-11-29 George Harrison, English pop star and Beatle (Traveling Wilburys-My Sweet Lord), dies of lung cancer at 58

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 2015-04-01 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2015-11-09 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-09 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90