Today in Beatles History

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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 Indra Club 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 The 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1962-03-08 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

  • 1962-05-09 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

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1962-06-06 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

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1962-08-16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 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
  • 1962-10-01 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

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1963-04-21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

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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" and "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
  • 1963-10-17 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

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1963-10-31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport
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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964

AgreementContract of Interest

1963-11-11 Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 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 US
  • 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 single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • 1964-01-18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • 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' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You"
  • 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 the Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show" draws 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 The Beatles' 2nd appearance on "The 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 "A Hard Day's 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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"
  • 1964-08-11 Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC

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], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 1926-04-02 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1929-06-13 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 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)
  • 1931-12-18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; RollingStones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1932-05-07 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • 1934-09-19 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)
  • 1935-05-27 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • 1936-02-03 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1938-05-20 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1938-07-08 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1939-09-10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)

Person of interestTony Sheridan

1940-05-21 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1940-06-23 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)

Person of interestRingo Starr

1940-07-07 Ringo Starr [Richard Starkey], English drummer and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Person of interestJohn Lennon

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1941-10-13 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), born in Prestatyn, Wales (d. 2008)

Person of interestPete Best

1941-11-24 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles), born in Madras, British India

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1942-04-19 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, South African-British recording engineer, producer and photographer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Beatles), born in Cape Town, South Africa

Person of interestPaul McCartney

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

1943-02-25 George Harrison, English musician and member of The Beatles, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2001)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1944-02-24 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - Getting In Tune; Kinks - Sunny Afternoon; Beatles - Revolution; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • 1945-11-26 Ethan Russell, American photographer and author (photographed covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who), born in Mt. Kisco, New York
  • 1946-08-04 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1947-04-20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 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, English photographer and daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney, born in London
  • 1971-09-13 Stella Nina McCartney, English fashion designer and daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1977-09-12 James McCartney, British musician son of Paul & Linda McCartney, born in London, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-02-11 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

LoveWedding 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, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1967-08-27 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1970-07-07 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies
  • 1976-01-03 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation with police at 40
  • 1976-04-01 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63

MurderJohn Lennon

1980-12-08 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered 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], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1986-02-01 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • 1989-03-19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • 1994-12-09 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • 1997-09-07 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

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
  • 2006-06-06 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2010-03-24 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles, Woodstock), dies at 74
  • 2011-04-29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (the Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukaemia at 85

Person of interestTony Sheridan

2013-02-16 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with The Beatles, dies at 72

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 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

Person of interestGeorge Martin

2016-03-08 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 2017-02-17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73
  • 2020-05-12 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, dies at 81