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Much-loved, flambouyant, larger than life UK jazz musician George Melly is born in Liverpool, UK.
Frankie Vaughan appears on the BBC North Region radio show Variety Fanfare, in England, UK, Europe.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the first of six nights at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles takes part in the second of four performances of Saint Joan, a school play at Liverpool Institute, Liverpool, UK. McCartney is cast in the role of 'Assessor'.
The Beatles play the final night of a season at the Indra Club, Hamburg, Germany, after which they will switch to The Kaiserkeller.
Derry And The Seniors, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (with Ringo Starr on drums), The Cassanovas Big Three and Tommy And His Metronomes play at Countryside Hepland, Mersey View Jive Hive, Frodsham, Cheshire, England, UK, Europe.
Johnny Sandon and The Searchers play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill is Gerry And The Pacemakers.
The Beatles are booed off the stage when they play at the YMCA in Birkenhead, The Wirral, Liverpool, UK.
Freddie And The Dreamers, The Swinging Blue Genes [later to find fame as The Swinging Blue Jeans] and The Searchers play the evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
A live BBC session by The Beatles is broadcast from the Playhouse Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, for radio show Parade Of The Pops, followed by a show at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster.
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The Beatles first American release is Please Please Me on Vee-Jay Records. On the record label the group name is mis-spelled as 'Beattles'.
US trade magazine Billboard reviews The Beatles' new single, I Want To Hold Your Hand as "a driving rocker with surf-on-the-Thames sound and strong vocal work."
The Top Ten Singles, for the week starting on this day, on WIBG Radio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, are as follows :
1. I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
2. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore
3. She Loves You - The Beatles
4. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance
5. For You - Rick Nelson
6. Dawn (Go Away) - The Four Seasons
7. Out Of Limits - The Marketts
8. A Fool Never learns - Andy Williams
9. Talking About My baby - The Impressions
10. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am?) - The Tams
The Swinging Blue Jeans record their versions of Good Golly Miss Molly, Shake Rattle and Roll and Shakin' All Over at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
I Saw Her Standing There/Love Me Do by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
Popular German band The Rattles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Roy Orbison, Freddie And The Dreamers and Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
George Harrison and John Lennon of The Beatles are on holiday in Papeete, Tahiti, with their wives.
The album Beatles VI by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA for the first of six weeks.
Polydor Records in Japan, Asia, release an EP by The Beatles, featuring the tracks My Bonnie, Why, Ain't She Sweet and Cry For A Shadow, all of which were recorded in Germany, before The Beatles became successful.
Gerry and The Pacemakers record Hallelujah I Love her So, Tomorrow, We'll Walk Hand In Hand and I'll Make It All Up To You in EMI Recording Studio, Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London, England, UK. (Hallelujah I Love her So is a Ray Charles composition).
The Beatles play at the Gaumont Cinema, Sheffield, UK, supported by The Moody Blues.
John Lennon of The Beatles is visited for three days at his Kenwood, London home, by his father Alfred, who had abandoned him as a child.
While driving to dinner in London, George Harrison of The Beatles proposes to model Patti Boyd. She accepts.
The Beatles record the massive piano chord which closes A Day In The Life, at EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
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The Beatles complete recording of Old Brown Shoe, and do guitar overdubs to I Want You, in EMI's Abbey Road studio, London, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band enter the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart with Imagine, which will peak at No3 during a nine-week run.
Echo And The Bunnymen's first live session for The John Peel Show in London, UK, is broadcast by BBC Radio 1.
Badfinger play at Popeye's, Binghampton, New York State, USA.
Paul McCartney and his family fly to New York City, USA, on Concorde for a holiday.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood play an extra night at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, Europe on their sold-out British tour.
Touring in support of their second LP, The Small Price Of A Bicycle, The Icicle Works play the first of three nights at The Marquee Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Primal Scream and The Kills play at The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, England, UK.
It is announced that Sir Paul McCartney will headline this year's Glastonbury Festival.
The John Lennon Museum in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, announces that it will close in September on the expiration of its original ten-year deal with Yoko Ono.
Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman attend a state dinner with President Barack Obama in Washington DC, USA, as the latest recipients of the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honour, for directly influencing American arts, entertainment and culture in a "profound way."
Jimmy Barnes of Australian band Cold Chisel, plants a flame tree in Australia's National Arboretum in memory of the band's Liverpool-born drummer Steve Prestwich, who died from a brain tumour in January.
The Vigilantes play at The O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK.
Anathema play at The O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, England, Europe.
Paul McCartney files a lawsuit against Sony/ATV in the Southern District of New York City, USA, in hopes of regaining ownership of the songs he co-wrote with John Lennon, which The Beatles' pair lost in 1969.