Timeline - Beatles
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 13:53
  

July 7, 1940 - Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) is born in Liverpool.

October 9, 1940 - John Lennon takes birth in Liverpool.

June 18, 1942 - Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool.

February 24, 1943 - George Harrison takes birth in Liverpool.

1957 – It all begins when 16-yr-old John Lennon forms the Quarry Men, a band comprised of pals from his school, Quarry Bank Grammar.


July 6, 1957 - Paul McCartney aka Macca, age 15, meets Lennon at a Quarry Men performance at Woolton Parish Church fete. Soon after, John invites him to join the band.

February 1958 - George Harrison, age 15, also joins the group.

January 1960 - Stu Sutcliffe, a friend of John is asked to join the group as bass guitarist. The band calls itself - Silver Beatles.

August 1960 - Drummer Pete Best joins group, now known as simply the Beatles. The group hones its sound at the Indra, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten and Star clubs.

December 27, 1960 – On this date, The Beatles appear at a local public hall, Litherland Town Hall, prompting fan frenzy.

Spring 1961 - Stuart Sutcliffe quits The Beatles and dies a year after due to brain hemorrhage in Hamburg.

November 1961 – In an attempt to polish their image, The Beatles meet Brian Epstein, who becomes their manager.

June 6, 1962 - The Beatles audition for George Martin, a producer at EMI. He signs them, and becomes their producer throughout The Beatles` career.

August 16, 1962 - Pete Best leaves the Beatles and two days after Ringo joins the band.

October 5, 1962 - The Beatles` first single, "Love Me Do" is released in the United Kingdom. It rises to a respectable #17 on the British charts.

January 11, 1963 - The Beatles’ second single, "Please Please Me," is released in the UK. It goes to #1 on the British charts on February 22 and stays there for two weeks.

February 11, 1963 - The Beatles record their first full album, also entitled "Please Please Me." They record ten songs, which were added to the previously recorded "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," "PS I Love You," and "Ask Me Why."

March 22, 1963 - The album "Please Please Me" is released and tops charts. Once it hits number one, it remains there for 29 weeks. The Beatles have take Britain by storm with their songs: "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand." The album is released in America in July with the title, "Introducing the Beatles," and initially flops.

October 1963 – The Beatles become a phenomenon and Beatlemania spreads through Europe. This is the month biographers often point to as the start of The Beatles` phenomenal popularity.

October 13, 1963 – The Beatles play on ITV`s "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" which is broadcast to 15 million viewers.

November 4, 1963 - The Beatles give a stupendous performance at the Royal Command Performance, performing for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.

November 22, 1963 - The band`s second album "With the Beatles" is released in the UK, remaining in the top position on the British charts for 21 weeks. It features the songs "All My Loving," "Please Mr. Postman," "Roll Over Beethoven," and others.

November 29, 1963 – As soon as the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is released in the UK, it immediately hits number one on the charts. It is released in the US on December 26th that year, and spends seven weeks at number one.

January 20, 1964 - The popular album, "Meet the Beatles!" is released by Capitol Records in the US.

February 11, 1964 - The Beatles give their first live performance in the US at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, DC.

February 16, 1964 - The Beatles give a thrilling performance for the second time on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Approximately 70 million people tune in (22,445,000 households). And they reappear on the show on February 23rd.

March 2, 1964 – The Beatles frenzy spreads across continents. Filming commences on their first film, "A Hard Day`s Night," and is completed in eight weeks. The film gets well-received by critics and the public on its release on July 6, 1964.

April 4, 1964 - The Beatles hold 14 slots on Billboard`s Hot 100 chart.

August 19, 1964 - The Beatles perform at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, in the first concert of their USA/Canada tour, which lasts a month.

February 23, 1965 - Shooting begins in the Bahamas on The Beatles` second film, "Help!" It opens in the US on August 11 that year and turns out to be very successful.

June 12, 1965 - The Beatles are named Members of the British Empire by the Queen, and in October they are presented with medals at Buckingham Palace.

August 15, 1965 - The Beatles play for a record-breaking 55,600 people at New York`s Shea Stadium, grossing $304,000 dollars.

June 1, 1967 - The album, "Sgt Pepper`s Lonely Hearts Club Band," is released in the UK. It tops the charts all over the world, holding the number one slot in Britain for 27 weeks and for 19 in America. It receives four Grammys including Best Album.

June 25, 1967 - The band stars in "Our World," a two-hour satellite television program transmitted live by satellite to five continents and 24 countries. They perform "All You Need is Love." This was the first live television satellite program to air worldwide.

August 27, 1967 – Their manager Brian Epstein dies. The Beatles learn of his death while they are visiting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales. The spiritual leader is introducing people to Transcendental Meditation (TM).

December 26, 1967 - "Magical Mystery Tour," the Beatles` hour-long television special airs in the UK, where it is seen by approximately 14 million viewers and not liked by critics.

February 1968 - The Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to attend a TM seminar hosted by Maharishi at his center. They stay a few weeks.

May 14, 1968 - John and Paul appear on "The Tonight Show" (with guest host Joe Garagiola) to announce that their company, Apple, desires to help young artists.

July 17, 1968 - "Yellow Submarine," the animated film, premieres in London. It opens in America several months later and becomes a great success.

November 22, 1968 - The album, "The Beatles" (`White Album`), is released and zooms to number one in Britain and America.

January 30, 1969 - The Beatles perform together for the last time live, singing many songs, on the roof of Apple`s London office. The scenes were included in what became the documentary "Let It Be."

Mid-September, 1969 - John decides to leave The Beatles, but he does not announce it publicly because of contract negotiations taking place with EMI. By this time, George and Ringo have each quit the band for short spells, returning soon after.

September 26, 1969 - The Beatles last studio album, "Abbey Road," is released in the UK. It tops the charts there and in America.

November 25, 1969 - John returns his Member of the British Empire medal to Buckingham Palace as an anti-war protest, and, he says in his letter to the Queen, in protest against his single "Cold Turkey" slipping down the charts.

April 10, 1970 - Paul announces publicly that he has left the Beatles.

May 8, 1970 - The Beatles last album, "Let It Be" (recorded before "Abbey Road"), is released in the UK and hits number one there and in the U.S.

May 20, 1970 - The movie, "Let It Be," premieres in London. None of the Beatles attend.

December 31, 1970: The band`s breakup is announced in April 1970. Documents filed on December 31, 1970 officially end the legal entity known as The Beatles.

After the break-up of The Beatles:

John Lennon: All four of The Beatles carry on with successful solo careers. John Lennon releases seven albums between 1970 and 1980, the last one just three weeks before he is murdered, at age 40, outside his New York City apartment in December 1980. An additional album, Milk and Honey, is released (in 1984) after Lennon`s death.

George Harrison: He releases a dozen solo albums (and two with the Traveling Wilburys) and produces films through his company, Handmade Films. Harrison dies of cancer at the age of 58 in November 2001.

Ringo Starr: He releases nearly two dozen albums and appears in about the same number of films since the breakup of The Beatles. He continues to tour every few years with his All Starr Band.

Paul McCartney: He has been the most prolific ex-Beatle as a solo artist. He continues to tour and record, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful musician and contemporary songwriter in history.

Compiled by: Shivangi Singh



First Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 13:53



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