The Recording Academy is going all out to honor the Beatles at this year's Grammy Awards, honoring the band with a Lifetime Achievement Award and helping round up an all-star cast of performers to commemorate their groundbreaking 1964 appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' and it's all got Ringo Starr in a rather nostalgic mood.
It may have taken Capitol Records a year to decide to distribute the Beatles in America, but when it did, the label quickly flooded the market with music. The first entry, 'Meet the Beatles,' reached shelves on Jan. 20, 1964.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania hitting U.S. shores next month by performing together. Showbiz 411 reports that the two surviving Beatles could show up on David Letterman's late-night show during his network's week-long celebration of the Fab Four.
The Beatles’ decision to give up touring in August 1966 gave them unlimited and unprecedented time to spend in the studio experimenting and inventing new recording techniques. One of the first songs to come out of that period, Paul McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane,’ was first committed to tape on Dec. 29, 1966.
One of the first projects the Beatles undertook after forming their Apple Corps company was the expansion into retail. The fruits of that effort, the Apple boutique, opened on Dec. 7, 1967 at 94 Baker Street in London.
This was the closest the Beatles ever got to reuniting in the studio during John Lennon's lifetime, and the buzz catapulted Ringo Starr's third solo album to the top of the charts. 'Ringo,' released in the U.K. on Nov 23, 1973, would become Starr's lone platinum release.
In 1969, everybody had a hard year, and everybody had a good time. It was a year in which history seemed to be tripping over itself -- the moon landing, Woodstock and Altamont, and the slow disintegration of the Beatles.
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