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The Beatles

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe is born in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. As Stu or Stuart Sutcliffe he will play bass for The Beatles for two years, and will sometimes be referred to as 'the fifth Beatle'.
The Silver Beats play a brief audition set in the interval at Lathom Hall, Liverpool, UK. They will find rather more success after changing their name to The Beatles.
The Beatles play the twenty-fifth night of a lengthy residency at The Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, Germany.
The Beatles play at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, and also at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool.
The Beatles and Tony Sheridan continue recording in Hamburg, Germany, Europe, for Polydor Records with producer Bert Kaempfert.
Operation Big Beat II, headlined by The Beatles, is staged at The Tower Ballroom , New Brighton, Wallasey, England, UK, Europe. Other featured acts include Emile Ford, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes and Davy Jones. [Earlier in the day, The Beatles have also played at The Casbah Club in Liverpool.]
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The Beatles play at the Majestic, Birkenhead, UK.
The Beatles play at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, UK, supporting Joe Brown and his Bruvvers.
Pete Best fans shout rowdy support for the sacked drummer when Ringo Starr drums with The Beatles at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK. Also on the bill are the Swinging Blue Genes.
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The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, with Clinton Ford and Billy J. Kramer.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK, with The Fourmost, The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] and Gerry And The Pacemakers.
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Duffy Power, backed by The Graham Bond Quartet, releases a new single, I Saw Her Standing There, on Parlophone Records in the UK. The song is composed by upcoming young songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
The Beatles are in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK, recording I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy. They also record their first Christmas disc for distribution to their fan club members.
The Beatles release a new single, Misery, in Germany, Europe, on Odeon Records.
The Beatles' single I Want To Hold Your Hand is released in Argentina, South America, on Odeon Pops Records.
Vee Jay Records run a full page ad in Billboard Magazine in the USA promoting the company's albums Introducing The Beatles, The Beatles And Frank Ifield on Stage, and Please Please Me.
The Beatles record live versions of You Can't Do That, Roll Over Beethoven, Til There Was You, I Wanna Be Your Man, Please Mr. Postman, All My Loving, This Boy and Can't Buy Me Love for their second From Us to You radio show at the BBC Piccadilly Studios, London, UK.
Petula Clark declares in UK music weekly Melody Maker that 'Cliff Richard is a name more universally powerful than The Beatles. The French don't like The Beatles, as so many people here believe. And in Rumania, they're hardly known.'
The Beatles release a new single, Long Tall Sally / I Call Your Name, on Odeon Records in Sweden, Europe.
An album by The Beatles entitled Que noche la de aquel dia (A Hard Day's Night) is released in Spain, Europe, by Odeon Records.
A World Without Love by Peter And Gordon reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA. The song is written by Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
The Beatles release a new single, Thank You Girl / All My Loving on Parlophon Records in Italy, Europe.
The Beatles play the fourth date of a five-night stint at The Hippodrome, Brighton, UK.
A Hard Days Night by The Beatles is the UK's new No1 single.
The Beatles album Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Paul, John, George Y Ringo! (A Hard Day's Night) is released in Argentina, South America, on Odeon Pops Records.
The Beatles play at The Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by Jackie De Shannon and The Exciters.
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Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Cilla Black attend a party in Hampstead, London, thrown by Melody Maker journalist Bob Dawbarn, where they try out a new dance, The Skip.
The Beatles briefly go their separate ways. John Lennon and his wife Cynthia leave the UK for a skiing holiday in St Moritz. Paul McCartney heads for Tunisia, and George Harrison is a witness at the wedding of his brother Peter in Liverpool.
Composer and musical arranger Jimmie Haskell releases a new singalong album, Sing A Song With The Beatles, in Canada on Capitol Records. [The Beatles are not involved in playing on this record, which consists entirely of backing tracks "re-created" by session men.)
The Silkie release their version of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away on Fontana Records in the UK. The song is written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. The record is produced by Lennon, with McCartney adding some guitar parts.
The Beatles film a promo clip for Paperback Writer in the grounds of Chiswick House, London, UK, with director Tony Bramwell.
One day after the new Beach Boys album, Pet Sounds, goes on release in the USA, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles attend a private listening party for Pet Sounds held at The Waldorf Hotel, London, England, UK.
The Beatles album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is released in France, Europe, on Parlophone Records.
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UK newspaper The Sunday Express reveals that The Beatles' former drummer Pete Best is now earning £18 a week, working in a bakery.
Vocal, piano and saxophone overdubs are added to The Beatles' track Lady Mad onna at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles album, Yellow Submarine, is released in France on Apple Records.
Badfinger release a new single in the UK, Come And Get It, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
Tony Bennett releases the album Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today in the USA on Columbia Records. It includes three songs written by members of The Beatles
Producer/engineer Glyn Johns creates a second mix and running order for The Beatles' album Get Back at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, UK.
The Beatles single The Long And Winding Road is released in Argentina on Apple Records.
Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders are shot by soldiers of the British Army during a protest in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, UK. The incident will become known as Bloody Sunday and will be recorded in the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday. Others who have written songs on this topic include John Lennon, Roy Harper, Christy Moore, The Wolfetones and Cruachan.
During John Lennon's notorious 'Lost Weekend', he and Harry Nilsson spend an infamous night at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California, USA, heckling The Smothers Brothers. Also present in the crowd are Helen Reddy, Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, tv personality Flip Wilson and porn star Linda Lovelace. Lennon is eventually ejected from the club.
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Mal Evans, long-term roadie for The Beatles, is shot dead when he threatens police officers in Los Angeles, California, USA, with an unloaded rifle during a domestic dispute.
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Paul McCartney plays to an audience of 184,000 in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, South America, surpassing the attendance records set by Frank Sinatra and Tina Turner.
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Yoko Ono places a full-page announcement in the New York Times which reads, "Imagine all the people living life in peace." The words, a quote from John Lennon's song Imagine, are her response to the World Trade Center tragedy.
Paul McCartney performs The Beatles' song Good Day Sunshine live to the crew of the International Space Station in the first-ever concert link-up to the space station.
Sir Paul McCartney launches 'Meat Free Monday' at the Inn On The Park, London, England, UK, England.
During his Up And Coming Tour, Paul McCartney plays the first of two nights at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mick Hucknall, The Stereophonics and others re-record all of the tracks from The Beatles' debut album Please Please Me in just twelve hours at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original recording.
It is reported that The Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK, is taking the Hard Rock Cafe to court in a battle over who owns the rights to use the Cavern name in the USA.
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