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It Was 50 Years Ago Today!

7 Feb

It was Friday, February 7, 1964 when the English band The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. They were welcomed with screams and shouts from New York teenagers eager to catch sight of the new sensation group. Two days later, they made their American debut on the television variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show. More than 73 million viewers tuned in to set a television record. After that, virtually every American teenage girl wanted to hold one of the Fab Four’s hands. Beatlemania had officially arrived.

“Everywhere It’s Christmas”

6 Dec

On Dec. 6 1963, the Beatles began a tradition of recording and releasing goofy spoken-word and musical  Christmas messages for fans.

This continued until 1969.

A compilation of all of them.

What Else Can Be Said?

1 Jun

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the Beatles. It was released on June 1 1967.

Paperback Writer and Rain

30 May

On May 30, 1966 the Beatles released the single “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” in North America.

Paperback Writer was a standalone single released in June 1966, written by Paul McCartney and recorded over two consecutive days during the Revolver sessions.

” Paperback Writer is son of Day Tripper, but it is Paul’s song. Son of Day Tripper meaning a rock ‘n’ roll song with a guitar lick on a fuzzy, loud guitar.” John Lennon

 

Released on the Paperback Writer single, “Rain” is considered by many Beatles fans to be their finest b-side.

“I don’t think he brought the original idea, just when we sat down to write, he kicked it off. Songs have traditionally treated rain as a bad thing and what we got on to was that it’s no bad thing. There’s no greater feeling than the rain dripping down your back. The most interesting thing about it wasn’t the writing, which was tilted 70-30 to John, but the recording of it.” Paul McCartney

Five in the top Five!

4 Apr

 

On April 4, 1964,  Billboard  listed the Beatles with America’s Top Five records.

(#5) “Please Please Me”

(#4) “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

(#3) “She Loves You”

(#2) “Twist And Shout”

(#1) “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Nine other Beatles singles were in the Hot 100 at the same time.

Please Please Me

22 Mar

At 10:00 am on Monday, February 11, 1963, the Beatles and George Martin started recording what was basically their live act. In three sessions that added up to 9 hours and 45 minutes, they produced an authentic representation their live set that could have been heard at the  Cavern Club. It was released on March 22, 1963.

Please Please Me
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1963
Recorded 11 February 1963,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll,[1] pop[2]
Length 32:45
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin

01. 00:00 “I Saw Her Standing There”
02. 02:54 “Misery”
03. 04:42 “Anna (Go to Him)”
04. 07:38 “Chains”
05. 10:02 “Boys”
06. 12:30 “Ask Me Why”
07. 14:55 “Please Please Me”
08. 16:57 “Love Me Do” (Mono)
09. 19:19 “P.S. I Love You” (Mono)
10. 21:23 “Baby It’s You”
11. 24:03 “Do You Want to Know a Secret”
12. 26:01 “A Taste of Honey”
13. 28:03 “There’s a Place”
14. 29:53 “Twist and Shout”

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