It all started for The Beatles on this day in 1962. They recorded four audition demos: “Love Me Do,” “Ask Me Why,” “P.S. I Love You,” and a cover of “Besame Mucho.” George Martin was not present at the recording, but was called in later to listen. He wasn’t impressed with the group and told them so, but finally agreed to work with them and the rest is…….you know……history.
Let’s stick with the Fab Four and roll to this day in 1966, when they recorded “Eleanor Rigby.” No Beatles play instruments on the track and only Paul, John and George sing.
“The Ed Sullivan Show” aired for the last time, on this day in 1971. It had been cancelled after almost 23 years as a Sunday evening staple on CBS-TV.
On this day in 1974, Billy Swan recorded “I Can Help.” The song went #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Country top 100.
We roll to this day in 1979, where Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman’s Club in Sheffield. The UK music paper ‘Sounds’ reviewed the show and that review led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
Elton John auctioned off 20 of his automobiles, on this day in 2001, for $2.75 million. When asked why he did it, he simply said “he doesn’t have time to drive them anymore.”
On this day in 2006, the only guy that ever got credit on a Beatles single, besides the guys, Billy Preston, passed away at 59. Not only did he collaborate with some of the greatest names in music history, he had a solid solo career, including the #1 song “Will It Go Round In Circles.” He also won two Grammy Awards.
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