A History of The Beatles

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 311

  • 1957-01-16 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of many performances by The Beatles

Music History

1958-08-29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

  • 1960-08-18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg
  • 1961-02-09 The Beatles first gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club; they would play there nearly 300 times over the next two years
  • 1961-03-21 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • 1961-06-22 Beatles record "Ain't She Sweet", "Cry for a Shadow", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Why", "Nobody's Child" & "My Bonnie", in Hamburg, Germany

Music Recording

1961-06-24 Tony Sheridan, backed by the Beatles, records "If You Love Me Baby" (aka "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby") in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1961-08-02 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

Music History

1961-11-09 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein after a lunch time performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

  • 1961-12-13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 1962-01-01 Beatles' Decca Records audition is unsuccessful - they are told “guitar groups are on the way out..."
  • 1962-01-05 Tony Sheridan & Beatles record "My Bonnie" & "The Saints", produced by Bert Kaempfert, in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1962-01-24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 1962-03-07 The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio

Radio Premiere

1962-03-08 The Beatles (with Pete Best) BBC radio debut - a cover of Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" , recorded the previous evening on stage at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester

  • 1962-05-09 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1962-05-24 The Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Swanee" in Hamburg, Germany to close out their contract with Bert Kaempfert; Tony Sheridan later dubs vocal over tracks

Music History

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

Music History

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

  • 1962-08-28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (The Beatles) record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)" in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1962-09-04 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1962-09-11 Beatles record "Love Me Do", "PS I Love You", and a slow version of "Please, Please Me" ,with Andy White on drums; Ringo relegated to tambourine
  • 1962-10-01 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage The Beatles through 1977
  • 1962-10-05 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"
  • 1962-10-17 The Beatles make their live television debut, appearing on Manchester's local "People And Places" program, performing ‘Some Other Guy’ and their new single ‘Love Me Do’
  • 1962-10-26 The Beatles record "Ask Me Why"
  • 1962-11-26 The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at a faster tempo, based on producer George Martin's suggestion
  • 1962-12-17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance on "People & Places"
  • 1963-01-11 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US
  • 1963-01-31 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (later known as The Beatles) record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"
  • 1963-02-02 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 1963-02-11 Beatles record 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 US single - "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

Music History

1963-03-12 Beatles perform as a trio, at Granada Cinema, in Bedford, England, as John Lennon is ill with a cold

  • 1963-03-22 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • 1963-04-05 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • 1963-04-12 Beatles third single, "From Me To You" is released in UK
  • 1963-04-14 Quiet Beatle George Harrison is impressed by unsigned British blues band "Rolling Stones"

Music History

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

  • 1963-05-10 Decca Records sign The Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison [1]
  • 1963-06-04 1st broadcast 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 Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87
  • 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, England
  • 1963-08-23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK
  • 1963-09-15 The Beatles headline The Great Prop Prom at Royal Albert Hall, London; The Rolling Stones are one of the opening acts [1]
  • 1963-09-28 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1963-10-13 The term "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at the London Palladium
  • 1963-10-17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1963-10-25 The Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Karlstad, Sweden, performing twice at a secondary school auditorium
  • 1963-10-29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1963-10-31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatlemania firsthand at London's Heathrow Airport as the Beatles are greeted by their fans upon returning from Sweden

TV Show Appearance

1963-11-11 Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for appearances by 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 fan club members
  • 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
  • 1964-01-01 Top of the Pops, British pop music television program premieres; acts performing include Dusty Springfield; The Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five: The Hollies; Swinging Blue; and The Beatles

Music History

1964-01-03 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon

  • 1964-01-10 Vee-Jay Records releases "Introducing the Beatles", the 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 Capitol Records releases "Meet The Beatles" album by the Beatles, 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", also by The Beatles
  • 1964-02-03 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • 1964-02-07 Beatles land at New York's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 1964-02-09 1st appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show", live from New York; broadcast draws 73.7 million television viewers
  • 1964-02-11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • 1964-02-12 Beatles 1st NYC concerts, two shows at 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", live from Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida; broadcast draws about 70 million television viewers
  • 1964-02-19 UK flies ½ ton of 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
  • 1964-02-23 The Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", featuring 3 performances taped on February 9, prior to their debut
  • 1964-03-02 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets future wife Pattie Boyd
  • 1964-03-21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music History

1964-03-28 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover

  • 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 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"
  • 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
  • 1964-06-03 Ringo Starr collapses from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, just before the Beatles embark on a World Tour
  • 1964-06-04 Beatles 1st (and only) "World Tour" begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; British drummer Jimmie Nicol replaces Ringo Starr (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates (10 concerts + a Dutch TV appearance)
  • 1964-06-06 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • 1964-06-07 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam, with a substitute for Ringo
  • 1964-06-14 Drummer Ringo Starr re-unites with the Beatles in Melbourne, Australia, after recovering from tonsillitis

Birthdays in Music

  • 1902-07-07 James McCartney, father of Beatle Paul McCartney, born in Everton, Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • 1911-08-26 Lester Lanin, American orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1915-10-13 Jack Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, fiddler (The Beatles -"Don't Pass Me By"), and concert promoter, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer and concert promoter (Beatles; Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920-06-18 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), born in Cornwall, England (d. 2009)
  • 1922-02-14 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1923-02-22 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"),, born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • 1925-12-15 Jack Rothstein, British concert violinist (London Czech Trio), conductor (Viennese Orchestra of London), and session player (The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus"; "Within You Without You"; Paul McCartney - “Here Today”), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2001)

George MartinGeorge Martin (1926-2016)

1926-01-03 British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America; The Goon Squad), born in London, England

  • 1926-04-02 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles - "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928-02-19 Mike Sammes, British arranger, session, pop and easy-listening vocalist (The Mike Sammes Singers; Disneyland;, The Beatles; Olivia Newton-John), born in Reigate, England (d. 2001)
  • 1928-03-29 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928-05-20 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, born in Bordentown, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 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 White, Scottish drummer, played on 1st Beatles official recording session ("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; Rolling Stones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1932-05-07 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)
  • 1932-09-11 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein (1934-1967)

1934-09-19 English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England

  • 1935-05-27 Mal Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • 1936-01-07 (Edward) Hunter Davies, Scottish-British journalist, author (The Beatles: The Authorised Biography), and broadcaster, born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • 1936-02-03 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1936-06-04 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1936-12-05 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), born in London (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 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 (née Powell), first wife of Beatle John Lennon (1962-68), and mother of singer, photographer, activist Julian Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1939-11-13 Robert Whitaker, British photographer whose work was used on Beatles and Cream album covers, born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2011) [1]
  • 1940-05-10 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993) [1] [2]

Tony SheridanTony Sheridan (1940-2013)

1940-05-21 British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with the pre-fame Beatles ("My Bonnie"), born in Norwich, England

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

Ringo StarrRingo Starr (82 years old)

1940-07-07 British drummer, vocalist (The Beatles - "Yellow Submarine"), songwriter ("Early 1970"; "Photograph"), actor (Caveman), "peace & love" activist, and knight, born in Dingle, Liverpool, England [1]

John LennonJohn Lennon (1940-1980)

1940-10-09 British rock singer-songwriter (The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"; "Help!"; solo - "Imagine"; "Grow Old With Me"), born in Liverpool, England

  • 1941-10-13 Neil Aspinall, British rock and roll road manager (The Beatles), and music executive (Apple Records), born in Prestatyn, Wales (d. 2008)

Pete BestPete Best (81 years old)

1941-11-24 British drummer (The Beatles, 1960-62), born in Madras, British India

  • 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

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney (80 years old)

1942-06-18 British rock singer-songwriter, bassist, piano player (The Beatles - "Yesterday"; "I Will"; Wings -"Silly Love Songs"), born in Liverpool, England

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison (1943-2001)

1943-02-25 British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Liverpool, England

  • 1944-02-24 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • 1944-04-15 John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1998)
  • 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
  • 1945-12-05 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), born in Crouch End, North London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1946-08-04 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], British ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)

Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1946-2006)

1946-09-02 American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1947-01-13 Chris Thomas, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Pink Floyd; Procol Harem; Elton John; The Pretenders), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England
  • 1947-04-20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 1947-12-30 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • 1965-09-13 Zak Starkey, English rock drummer (Oasis; The Who), son of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in London, England
  • 1967-08-19 Jason Starkey, occasional drummer and son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England
  • 1969-08-28 Mary McCartney, British photographer and daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney, born in London, England
  • 1971-09-13 Stella 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

John Lennon

1962-08-23 British "Beatles" musician John Lennon (21) weds Cynthia Powell (22); divorce in 1968

Ringo Starr

1965-02-11 Beatle drummer Ringo Starr (25) weds British hairdresser Maureen Cox (18) at the Caxton Hall Register Office, London; divorce in 1975

George Harrison

1966-01-21 Quiet Beatle George Harrison (22) weds British model Pattie Boyd (21); divorce in 1977

Wedding of Interest

1969-03-12 Beatle Paul McCartney (26) marries American photographer Linda Eastman (27) at Marylebone Register's Office in London

  • 1969-03-20 British Beatle John Lennon (28) marries Japanese artist Yoko Ono (36) in Gibraltar, near Spain
  • 1981-04-27 Beatle Ringo Starr (40) marries American actress Barbara Bach (33) at Marylebone Town Hall, London, England

Divorces in Music

John Lennon

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

Ringo Starr

1975-07-17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox Starkey divorce, after 10 years of marriage

  • 1977-06-06 Former Beatle George Harrison (33) and British model Pattie Boyd (32) divorce after 11 years of marriage

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 a brain hemorrhage at 21

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein (1934-1967)

1967-08-27 English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 32

  • 1970-07-07 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies at 59
  • 1976-01-05 Mal Evans, British Beatles roadie and personal assistant, dies in a confrontation with police at his Los Angeles home at 40
  • 1976-04-01 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63

John LennonJohn Lennon (1940-1980)

1980-12-08 British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered outside of his home in NYC by Mark David Chapman at 40

  • 1982-02-21 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey sometimes referred to as the 5th Beatle, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1986-02-01 Dick James [Leon Vapnick], British dance band vocalist and Beatles' music publisher (Northern Songs), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1986-10-27 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • 1989-03-19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played solo on Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • 1993-06-09 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), dies of a heart attack at 53 [1]
  • 1994-09-06 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies after surgical complications at 50
  • 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
  • 1998-04-05 John Wilbraham, British classical, baroque, and session trumpeter (Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour), and educator, dies at 53
  • 2001-05-19 Mike Sammes, British arranger, session, pop and easy-listening vocalist (The Mike Sammes Singers; Disneyland;, The Beatles; Olivia Newton-John), dies at 73
  • 2001-11-16 Jack Rothstein, British concert violinist (London Czech Trio), conductor (Viennese Orchestra of London), and session player (The Beatles - "I Am the Walrus"; "Within You Without You"; Paul McCartney - “Here Today”), dies at 75

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison (1943-2001)

2001-11-29 British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of lung cancer at 58

  • 2005-08-01 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, dies of cancer at 77
  • 2006-05-22 Jack Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, fiddler (The Beatles - "Don't Pass Me By"), and concert promoter, dies at 90

Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1946-2006)

2006-06-06 American soul organist, singer-songwriter, piano player ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), and '5th Beatle' ("Get Back"), dies following long-term health issues at 59

  • 2006-09-03 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • 2007-06-22 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, dies at 79
  • 2008-03-03 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"), dies at 85
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2009-07-05 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), dies at 89
  • 2010-03-24 Jim Marshall, American photographer (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), dies at 74
  • 2011-04-29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • 2011-09-20 Robert Whitaker, British photographer whose work was used on Beatles and Cream album covers, dies at 71

Tony SheridanTony Sheridan (1940-2013)

2013-02-16 British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with the pre-fame Beatles ("My Bonnie"), dies at 72

  • 2015-04-01 Cynthia Lennon (née Powell), first wife of Beatle John Lennon (1962-68), and mother of singer, photographer, activist Julian 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

George MartinGeorge Martin (1926-2016)

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

  • 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
  • 2018-10-02 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2019-11-06 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • 2020-05-12 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, dies at 81