Saturday 2 May 2015


1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
1962--The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1964-The Beatles leave England with their wives and girlfriends on a "secret" vacation, but their plan doesn't work out. This is a month-long holiday for the boys, the longest time away from group commitments since the demise of The Quarry Men at the start of the decade. John and Cynthia Lennon (along with George and his new girlfriend, Pattie Boyd) travel to Papeete on the island of Tahihi. Their original destination had been Honolulu, but despite booking their arrangements under false names, they are mobbed by fans as soon as they arrive on Hawaiian soil.

1964--Can't Buy Me Love is the #1 single in the US for its fifth and final week (Billboard). The Beatles have had the #1 single in the US for 14 straight weeks.

1964--The Beatles' Second Album reaches No. 1 on the US LP charts in its second week of release, the first album ever to make it to the top that quickly.  

1965--The Beatles check into the Antrobus Arms Hotel in Amesbury, in preparation for the next day's filming on the Salisbury Plain for the movie "Help!"

1967--Capitol Records announces that one of the most cryptic periods in The Beach Boys career has come to a close as they've stopped the Smile album project. Brian Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the album and hoped to battle The Beatles for pop supremacy. However, after the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Wilson became convinced Smile would be seen as "second best."

1969--John and Yoko Ono tape an interview for the BBC1 television program "How Late It Is," broadcast later that evening. They discuss their film "Rape" with host Michael Wale, and a 3 mins. 31 secs. clip from the film is shown.

1969-The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles, with Billy Preston, record a re-make of George's song Something. They record 36 takes, with Paul playing bass, Ringo on drums, John and George on guitars, and Preston on piano. Chris Thomas is producer.

1969-Richard Asher (Jane Asher’s father) is found dead at his Wimpole Street house basement.

1972-The New York Times runs an editorial supporting the John’ bid to stay in America. The “National Committee for John and Yoko” is formed to support their campaign.

1975-In London, at 3 Saville Row, the end of an era dawns when Apple’s basement recording studios officially closes.

1980-John takes possession of his new sailing boat called “Royal Isis.” He spends the rest of the month learning how to sail.

1984-Queen Elizabeth II officially opens "The Beatle Maze" at the Liverpool International Garden Festival. She also steps on board a life-size Yellow Submarine.

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