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TIMELINE

THE BEATLES
(1926 - 1962)

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1926 | 1929 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1946 | 1950 | 1952 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961 | 1962

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1926

George Martin, Beatles musical director, born January 3, in London.

george martin

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1929

The residence at 3 Abbey Road is bought by The Gramophone Company Limited.

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1931

Allen Klein is born in Newark, New Jersey, December 18.

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1932

Richard Lester is born in Philadelphia, January 19.

richard lester

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1933

Yoko Ono is born in Tokyo, February 18.

yoko ono

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1934

Brian Samuel Epstein, Beatles manager, born September 19 (in Rodney Street, in Liverpool).

brian epstein

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1939

Cynthia Powell is born in Blackpool, September 10,

cynthia lennon

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1940

Stuart Sutcliffe born July 7, in Edinburgh.

stuart sutcliffe

July

Richard Starkey ( Ringo Starr), born July 7 in family home, 9 Madyrn Street, Dingle, in Liverpool.

October

John Winston Lennon born October 9 at Oxford Maternity Hospital in Liverpool.

john lennon

December

Phil Harvey Spector is born in the Bronx, New York, USA, December 26.

phil spector

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1941

Linda Eastman is born in Scarsdale, New York, September 24.

linda mccartney

October

Neil Aspinall is born October 13.

neil aspinall

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1942

James Paul McCartney born June 18 at Walton General Hospital in Liverpool.

paul mccartney

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1943

George Harold Harrison born February 25 in family's terraced home, 12 Arnold Grove, in Liverpool.

george harrison

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1946

Billy Preston born September 9 in Houston, Texas.

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1950

George Martin, after working three months for the BBC, leaves and takes job at Parlophone Records as a result of being paid 7, four shillings and threepence, 1 more than the BBC was paying at the time. Martin becomes an assistant to chief producer/owner of the label, Oscar Preuss. George is immediately given the task of handling the classical repertoire which included baroque, orchestral and choral music.

Brian starts working at his family furniture store, I. Epstein & Sons, Walton Road, Liverpool.

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1952

September

John Lennon enters Quarry Bank High School.

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1955

Brian Epstein is appointed a director of NEMS Enterprises.

March

Brian Epstein appointed a director of S. E. Gadd Limited, one of two companies controlling the furniture dealing side of the family business.

August

Brian Epstein appointed a director of I. Epstein & Sons (Liverpool) Limited, one of the two furniture-dealing sides of the family business.

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1956

September

Brian Epstein has a private test with John Fernald, the Director, and is admitted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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1957

January 16th

Cavern Club opens.

cavern club

March

John Lennon with Pete Shotton forms the group The Black Jacks . The Black Jacks become The Quarrymen a week after forming and the band performs what's known in England as skiffle.

July 6

The Quarry Men perform at St. Peter's Church Garden Fete. John and Paul meet, introduced by Ivan Vaughan and the pair find out that they have similar pop idol interests: "Paul, what kind of music do you like?" asked John. "Well I used to like Lonnie Donnegan but now that skiffle is fading out I love the music of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochrane, Gene Vincent, Little Richard..." "Hey," John interrupted, "they're all the people I'm into."

July 12

John invites Paul to join The Quarrymen.

quarrymen

August 7

The debut at Cavern Club, without Paul, where the audience gives them a hard time for their for performing rock numbers such as Hound Dog and Blue Suede Shoes. The Cavern is located in Liverpool's market district.

September

John Lennon commences studies at the Liverpool College of Art.

October 18

Evening performance of the Quarrymen in a ball held by the Conservative Club, at the New Clubmoor Hall, Broadway, Liverpool. Paul's debut. Paul plays for John a couple of tunes he had composed, one of them being I Lost My Little Girl.

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1958

February 8th

Evening performance of the Quarry Men at the Wilson Hall, Garston. Paul introduces George to John.

July 15

Julia Lennon, John's mother, is fatally struck down by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer. When the trial ends, the officer was acquitted of the offence.

julia lennon

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1959

August

Ringo Starr begins drumming for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Ringo would be Rory's drummer right up until August 18, 1962.

August 29th

Opening night of the Mona Best's Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby. Show by the Quarrymen (John, Paul, George, Ken Brown). The group continues to play there each Saturday well into October. Sometimes, with name The Rainbows. The group know Mona' son, Pete Best, a drummer with a group called The Blackjacks. The new entry, Ken Brown, performs on bass with John, Paul and George for very short time here.

October 10th

Ken Brown quits the Quarrymen.

October 31

Quarry Men audition for Carrol Levis show in Liverpool. During this audition period, the band would change its name from Quarry Men to Johnny and the Moondogs by November 15.

johnny and 
the moondogs

November 15th

Manchester. Regional finals of a competition to appear on TV's Star Search. The Beatles find the last bus back to Liverpool leaves before curtain call and return dejected.

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1960

January

Stuart Sutcliffe joins the Quarrymen, having acquired a bass guitar that he never really learns to play.

April 23rd

John and Paul perform as a duet at Caversham, Berkshire, calling themselves the Nerk Twins.

May

John asks Allan Williams to manage The Moondogs. The group play at Williams' Jacaranda Coffee Bar.

May 10th

Audition for Larry Parnes. This time the drummer is Tommy Moore, but he arrives late for the audition, and for this reason Johnny Hutchinson is used, lent from Cassanovas.

May 20th

Contract with Paramount Enterprises, to play the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey.  -- Start of tour of Scotland as backup band for Johnny Gentle .

May 23rd

Johnny Gentle crashes the van carrying himself and the Beatles. Tommy Moore is hit in the mouth by a guitar.

May 25th

The Cavern changes style and opens its doors to rock'n'roll groups.

June 6th

Performance at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey, with Gerry and the Pacemakers.

gerry 
    and the pacemakers

June 13th

Tommy Moore's last performance on drums at Jacaranda.

June 16th

Performance at the Neston Institute, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire.

June 16th - July 30th

Perform at Neston Istitute and Grosvenor Ballroom. The Silver Beetles employ Norman Chapman, as their drummer.

June 18th - July 30th

Perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.

August 6th

The Beatles visit the Casbah Coffee Club, seeing Pete Best perform with the Blackjacks.

August 12th

The group audition Pete Best and invite him to travel to Hamburg with them and become their permanent drummer.

pete best

August 16th

Leave Liverpool for Hamburg.

August 17th

Arrive in Hamburg. Evening: first performance at the Indra Club.

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August 19th

The Beatles are hired to perform 2 additional months at the Indra Club.

December 5th

The Beatles luck in Hamburg runs out:

Harrison is deported for being underage for working in a night club;
McCartney & Pete Best are arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it.

The two are told to leave Germany. The band returns home, discouraged.

December 24th

Concert at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey.

December 27th

Perform at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

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1961

February 14th

Perform at the Casanova club, Liverpool. Filmed. Earliest Beatles footage known.

Paul switched to bass sometime before.

February 24th

Perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey.

March 21st

Performance at The Cavern, as support act to the Bluegenes.

March 27th

The Beatles arrive in Hamburg, for performances in the Top Ten and, later, the Star Club (2nd Hamburg season).

April 24th

Brian arrives in Hamburg to attend a course in record retailing management, run by Deutsche Grammophon.

June 15th - 21st

Perform at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg.

June 22nd & 23rd

On this date, Tony Sheridan and The Beatles do first session recordings for Bert Kaempfert with the following songs: My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean), The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In), Why, Cry For a Shadow, Ain't She Sweet, Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby, and Nobody's Child". The German Polydor single, My Bonnie b/w When the Saints Go Marching In is released in August 1961 listed as Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers [Polydor / 24 673] which became a big top-ten hit for Sheridan in Germany. The UK release of the single was issued January 5, 1962 and listed as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles [Polydor NH 66-833]. Polydor then later decided to release a Tony Sheridan album aptly entitled My Bonnie in June of 1962 as Polydor LPHM 46-612 [mono] and Polydor SLPHM 237-112 [stereo]. The band's line-up for the album consisted for the most part of Tony Sheridan, Pete Best, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and featured pianist Roy Young on Sweet Georgia Brown.

The Beatles & Tony Sheridan by The Beatles
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my bonnie

July 1st

Start of a 1-year contract with Bert Kaempfert Produktions.

July 3rd

Arrive back in Liverpool.

July 6th

First issue of Mersey Beat is published.

Mersey Beat by Harry
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mersey beat

July 14th

Welcome to the Beatles at The Cavern Club. First performance at The Cavern after the return from Hamburg.

July 20st

Mersey Beat front page: Beatles Sign Recording Contract (with Bert Kaempfert).

July 21st

1st midday session. Perform at the Cavern.

July 25th

Perform at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Bluegenes, and others.

July 26th

Perform at the Cavern, with The Four Jays and Remo Four.

remo four

August

My Bonnie / When The Saints (Go Marching In) (single) is released in Germany (Decca Records).

August 2nd

Perform at the Cavern.

August 3rd

Brian's first record review column published in the 3rd issue of Mersey Beat.

August 5th

First afternoon show: Perform at the Cavern, with Remo Four.

August 31st

Mersey Beat publishes an article by Bob Wooler about the Beatles.

September 1st

Lunch time and afternoon: performance at the Cavern.

September 5th

Perform at the Cavern, with Remo Four, the Bluegenes, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

September 6th

Perform at the Cavern, with Sandon and the Searchers, and Ian and the Zodiacs.

September 7th

Perform at the Cavern. No other acts.

September 13th

Perform at the Cavern, with The Remo Four, and the Pressman.

September 14th

Perform at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

September 15th & 19th

Lunch time performance at the Cavern.

September 20th

Afternoon performance at the Cavern, with Karl Terry and the Cruisers, and The Zombies.

The Zombies - Greatest Hits [SACD] by The Zombies
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Karl Terry and the Cruisers

September 21st

Lunch time performance at the Cavern . Perform at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

September 28th

Perform at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

October 18th

Perform at the Cavern , with Ian and the Zodiacs and the Four Jays.

October 19th

Performance of part of the Beatles and part of Gerry and the Pacemakers, under the name of Beatmakers, at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

October 28th

'Raymond Jones' asks for a copy of My Bonnie, by the Beatles, at Brian Epstein's record store. Soon after, another youngster asks for a Beatles' record.

October 30th

Two girls ask for more copies of My Bonnie at the NEMS record store.

November 8th

Brian Epstein phones the Cavern, asking for a ticket.

November 9th

Cavern lunch session: The Beatles. By 12.30pm, Brian and Alistair Taylor visit the Cavern, during the Beatles performance.

November 10th

Perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton. Part of the Big-Beat operation, a festival with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Remo Four, and Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes.

Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes

December 1st

Meeting of Brian with Colin Borland and Beecher Stevens, both from Decca, to negotiate a recording contract, at their London office. -- Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.

December 3rd

The Beatles and Bob Wooler meet Brian at NEMS record store. Before the meeting they go with Wooler to drink to the Bridge pub. 4.30pm. Time agreed for the 1st formal meeting with Brian: 5.30pm. John, George, Pete and Bob Wooler are the first to appear at the meeting. 6.00pm. Half an hour later than the rest, and after going home to take a bath, Paul appears at NEMS.

nems

December 4th

Representatives of Deutsche Grammophone London office visit Liverpool to meet Brian and listen to him requesting that My Bonnie be released as a single in the UK.

December 6th

Meeting between the Beatles and Brian at NEMS.

December 7th

Ron White writes to Brian, returning the Beatles' German contract.

December 8th

Brian writes to Ron White, from the EMI sales department, to get them an EMI record contract. Brian has already sent him a copy of My Bonnie. -- Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New BBrighton.

December 11th

Afternoon meeting of the Beatles and Brian, at the Casbah Coffee Club.

December 12th

Concert at the Nottingham Odeon.

December 13th

Mike Smith, from Decca's A & R department, visits the Cavern -- Perform at the Casbah.

December 15th

Perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.

December 18th

Ron White sends an apology to Epstein, rejecting the group.

December 23rd

Perform at the Cavern.

December 27th

Perform at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes.

December 31st

The Beatles leave from Liverpool for London in Neil's car. Brian goes by train. They sleep at the Royal Hotel, Woburn Place, London.

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1962

January 1st

Test session for Decca due to start at 11.00am.  Decca Studios, at West Hampstead. Record: Like Dreamers Do; Money (That's What I Want)'; Till There Was You; The Sheik of Araby; To Know Her is to Love Her; Take Good Care of My Baby; `Memphis, Tennessee; Sure to Fall; Hello Little Girl; Three Cool Cats; Crying Waiting Hoping; Love of the Loved; September in the Rain; Besame Mucho; Searchin. After the session, Brian returns to Liverpool.   -- Decca's test session, at West Hampstead, with Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.

January 4th

Mersey Beat front page: Beatles Top Poll!. Issue almost completely dedicated to the Beatles.

January 5th

UK single release: My Bonnie.

January 6th

Perform at the Cavern with the Collegians

The Collegians II  by The Collegians
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January 10th

Perform at the Cavern with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Strangers.

January 12th

Perform at the Cavern with Mike Cotton's Jazzmen.

January 17th

Perform at the Cavern Remo Four, and Ian and the Zodiacs.

January 24th

Signing of a management contract between Brian and the Beatles, at Brian's office at the NEMS record store in Whitechapel.

February 1st

Perform at the Thistle Cafe, West Kirkby, Wirral. 1st gig under Brian's management.

February 2nd

Perform in Manchester. 2nd performance under Brian's management.

February 3rd

Perform at the Cavern with The Saints Jazz Band, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

February 6th

Lunch at the Decca's session executive club on Albert Enbankment, with Brian, Dick Rowe and Beecher Stevens; Rowe and Stevens tell Brian of Decca's rejection.

February 8th

Brian goes to HMV's store, 363 Oxford Street, London, to have acetates cut from tapes of some songs from the Decca audition, and chat with Bob Boast, disc-cutter Jim Foy, and Sid Colman, who introduces him to George Martin.

February 10th

Brian writes to Dick Rowe, about Rowe's decision not to sign the< Beatles to a recording contract with Decca.

February 20th

Brian writes to Bert Kaempfert, asking him to release the Beatles from their contract.

February 24th

Perform at the Cavern.

February 28th

Perform at the Cavern with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Searchers.

The Very Best of The Searchers   by Searchers
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March 2nd

Perform at the Cavern.

March 3rd

Perform at the Cavern with Jim McHarg's Jazzmen.

March 7th

The Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester. 8.00-8.45pm. Recording for BBC's `Teenager's Turn (Here We Go): Hello Little Girl ; Memphis Tennessee; Dream Baby; Please Mister Postman.       1st BBC session. In front of a live audience. 1st public performance in the Beno Dorn worsted stage suits.     Pete Best on drums.     1st live show preserved on tape, only recording of Dream Baby, and only live performances of Memphis Tennessee and Please Mister Postman.

March 8th

5.00-5.29pm. BBC's Teenager's Turn (Here We Go) broadcast (all 7 March 1962 session except Hello Little Girl).

March 23rd

Perform at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying/Second Album by Gerry and the Pacemakers
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March 24th

Evening performance at a dance booked by the Heswall Jazz Club, at the Barnston Women's Institute, Wirral.

March 28th

Perform at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Remo Four.

Very Best of Gerry & The Pacemakers by Gerry and the Pacemakers
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March 29th

Concert at The Odd Spot, with the Mersey Beats.

March 30th

Perform at the Cavern, with The Dallas Jazz Band.

March 31st

1st professional performance in the South of England (Stroud), organized by Jack Fallon.

April 2nd

Concert at the Pavilion Theatre, Liverpool.

April 4th

Perform at the Cavern, with the Four Jays and The Dominoes.

April 5th

Perform at the Cavern.

April 6th

While shopping in Penny Lane, Cynthia begins feeling labour pains.

April 7th

Perform at the Cavern, with the Saints Jazz Band.

April 8th

Beatles leave once again for Hamburg, Germany.

April 10th

Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain hemorrhage.

April 11th

John, Paul and Pete arrive in Hamburg (3rd trip). They will play the Star Club.

April 12th

Brian and George travel to Hamburg, for Star Club performances.

April 13th

Start of Star Club performances.

April 23rd

US single release: My Bonnie.

May 8th

Brian meets at HMV Shop, Oxford St., London, with Bob Boast, Jim Foy, disc cutter, and Syd Coleman, general manager.

May 9th

Mid-morning: meeting between Brian and George Martin at Abbey Road        Learn of a pending record deal with Parlophone via telegram. Reported in Mersey Beat the telegram from Brian Epstein went thus: "HAVE SECURED CONTRACT TO RECORDED (sic) FOR EMI ON PARLOPHONE LABEL 1ST RECORDING DATE FOR JUNE 6TH - BRIAN EPSTEIN."

After receiving the good news from Brian Epstein, the band wrote back:
Paul: "Please wire 10,000 advance royalties."
George: "Please order four new guitars."
John: "When are we going to be millionaires?"

May 31st

Date of end of Hamburg contract.  -- Mersey Beat announces Beatles recording contract with EMI.

June 2nd

Beatles return from Hamburg to Liverpool.

June 4th

Signing of 1st recording contract with EMI.

June 6th

Studio 2/3 6.00-8.00pm. Recording:
 - Besame Mucho (takes unknown)
 - Love Me Do (takes unknown)
 - P.S. I Love You (takes unknown)
Producer: Ron Richards and George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith;
2nd Engineer: Chris Neal

Parlophone audition.

June 9th

7.00-12.00pm. 1st performance at the Cavern after returning from Germany, along with The Red River Jazzmen, Ken Dallas and the Silhouettes, and the Four Jays.

June 11th

The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 8.00-9.00pm. Recording for BBC's Here We Go:
 - Ask Me Why
 - Besame Mucho
 - A Picture Of You
Last available recording with Pete Best on drums. 1st available take of Ask Me Why . Only BBC take of Besame Mucho. Only recording of A Picture Of You, and 1st documented time of George taking the lead vocal.

June 15th

5.00-5.29pm. BBC's Here We Go broadcast (recorded 11 June 1962).  -- Lunch and evening: perform at the Cavern, with the Soiderman.

June 16th

Evening: performance at the Cavern, with Tony Smith's Jazzmen.

June 19th

Lunch time, evening. Perform at the Cavern, with the Bluegenes, and Ken Dallas and the Silhouettes.

June 20th

Lunch time, evening. Perform at the Cavern, with The Strangers and The Sorrals.

June 21st

Perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, as one of the support acts for Bruce Channel, who heads the bill of the first pop dance/concert promoted by Brian.

Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel
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Stand Up by Bruce Channel
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Bruce Channel Poster

June 22nd

Perform at the Cavern, with The Cyclones.

June 26th

Brian and Clive form NEMS Enterprises Limited, in which they are directors and shareholders.   -- Ron White writes Brian, on hearing of the Beatles' contract with George Martin   -- Joe Flannery forms his booking agency Carleton Brook Management.

June 27th

Perform at the Cavern, with the Big Three.

June 28th

Perform at the Majestic, Birkenhead.

June 29th

Brian politely responds to Ron White's letter (written 26 June 1962) with another letter.   -- Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.

July 1st

Perform at the Cavern, with Gene Vincent.

Race With the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane by Susan Vanhecke
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July 26th

Brian presents Joe Brown and his Bruvvers, heading a bill including the Beatles, at the Cambridge Hall, Southport.

July 27th

Brian presents Joe Brown and his Bruvvers, heading a bill including the Beatles, at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton. A big fight occurs during the concert.

July 28th

Concert at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead.  Perform at the Cavern, with The Red River Jazzmen, and Dee Fenton and The Silhouettes.

August 1st

Perform at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Mersey Beats.

Best Of-Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers
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August 2nd

Concert at the River Park Ballroom, Chester.

August 5th

Perform at the Cavern, with The Saints Jazz Band.

August 6th

Concert at the Grafton Ballroom, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and The Big Three.

How Do You Like It by Gerry and the Pacemakers
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August 8th

Concert at the Cavern, with The Big Three, and Shane Fenton and the Fentones.

I'm a Moody Guy by Shane Fenton and the Fentones
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shane fenton

August 14th

Brian approaches Ringo as substitute for Pete Best.

August 15th

Perform at the Cavern.

August 16th

b>Brian sacks Pete Best   Ringo Starr is to become the band's new drummer. Neil Aspinall would later recall how it came about: "...so I drove him (Pete Best) into town to see him. I was in the record store looking at records, and he came down and said he had been fired. He was in a state of shock, really. We went over to the Grapes pub in Matthew Street, had a pint."

Concert at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester.

August 17th

Perform at the Cavern. Last with Pete Best.

August 18th

First performance of Ringo as Beatles' drummer. Perform at the Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Cheshire. Perform at the Cavern .

August 22nd

Filmed performance at the Cavern, for a Granada Television programme.  First filmed record of the Beatles.

August 23rd

John marries Cynthia, at the Mount Pleasant Register Office. Wedding lunch, funded by Brian,  for John and Cynthia, at Reece's cafeteria, Liverpool.   -- Evening: perform at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester.

August 28th

Perform at the Cavern with the Bluegenes, and Gerry Levine and the Avengers.

August 30th

Perform at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester.

September 3rd

Perform at the Queen's Hall, Widnes, with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas.

At Abbey Road: 1963-1966 by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas
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September 4th

2.30-5.00pm. Ron Richards leads a rehearsal of six songs, including:
 - How Do You Do It?
 - Love Me Do
 - Please Please Me
Dezo Hoffmann takes pictures during the pre-session rehearsal. First Hoffmann's Beatles publicity shots

5.30-7.00pm. Restaurant Alpino. ;- Beatles dine with Neil Aspinall and George Martin.

Studio 2. 7.00-10.00pm. Recording:
 - How Do You Do It? (takes unknown)
 - Love Me Do (takes 1-15+).
Mono mixing:
 - How Do You Do It? (from take 2)
 - Love Me Do (from unknown take number)
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

First session for the first single. Remixes for cutting acetates.

dezo hoffmann

With the Beatles: The Historic Photographs of Dezo Hoffmann by
Dezo Hoffmann
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September 5th

Brian listens to the first acetates of Love Me Do, at George Martin's office at EMI House, Manchester Square, London.

September 6th

Perform at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester.  -- The Mersey Beat publishes the article On Safari With Whide Hunter, written by John, under the pseudonym Beatcomber.

September 8th

Perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead.

September 9th

Perform at the Cavern, with Billy Kramer and the Coasters, and Clinton Ford.

September 10th

Perform at the Queen's Hall, Widnes, along with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Geoff Stacey and the Wanderers.

September 11th

Studio 2. 10.00am-1.00pm. Recording:
 - P.S. I Love You (takes 1-10)
 - Love Me Do [re-make] (takes 1-18)
 - Please Please Me (takes unknown)
Mono mixing:
 - P.S. I Love You (from take 10)
 - Love Me Do (from take 18)
Producer: Ron Richards
Engineer: Norman Smith

End of sessions for the first single. Andy White on drums.

September 17th

Single release: Anna (Go To Him), with Arthur Alexandre.  -- Perform at the Queen's Hall, Widnes, with Billy Kramer with the Coasters, and the Vikings.

September 22nd

Perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead.

September 23rd

Perform at the Cavern, with the Dominoes and The Saints Jazz Band.

September 26th

Noon: perform at the Cavern.  Evening: perform at the Cavern, with the Spiderman and the Dominoes.

September 28th

Lunch time: perform at the Cavern.

September 30th

Perform at the Cavern, with Clay Ellis and the Raiders, and the Red River Jazz Men.

October 1st

A new and revised contract is signed by the Beatles and Brian.

October 2nd

US release: Chains, with the Cookies.

October 3rd

Perform at the Cavern, with Billy Kramer and the Coasters, and the Echoes.

October 5th

UK single release: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You.
Featured on this song is John Lennon's harmonica playing which became an integral part of the Beatles early recordings. According to Beatles' author Ray Coleman, Lennon's harmonica playing was influenced by the American hit Hey Baby, by Bruce Channel.

love me do

Love Me Do by the Beatles
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First radio broadcast of a Beatles record (Radio Luxemburg).

October 6th

First autograph signing session of records by the Beatles (Love Me Do/`P.S. I Love You), at the Dawson's Music Shop, Widnes.

October 7th

Night Cavern session: the Beatles, Red River Jazzmen, the Bluegenes, and the Zodiacs.

October 8th

Lunch time Cavern session: The Beatles.  -- EMI House, ground floor studio. Recording for Radio Luxembourg's The Friday Spectacular.

October 9th

Cavern lunchtime session: the Big Three. Cavern evening session: Buddy Brittain and the Regents, the Big Three, the Undertakers, and  the Strangers.  -- Visit to the editorial office of Record Mirror, 116 Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

October 10th

Cavern lunch session: the Beatles. Cavern evening session: the Beatles, the Four Jays, Ken Dallas and the Silhouettes.

October 11th

Love Me Do enters the favorite songs ranking published by Record Retailer.  -- Cavern lunch session: Freddie and the Dreamers.

The Very Best of Freddie & the Dreamers by Freddie and the Dreamers
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October 12th

Perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, as main support act for Little Richard, along with 10 other Liverpool groups. Among them: the Undertakers, Rory Storm, Billy J. Kramer, Lee Curtis, and the All Stars (with Pete Best).  It is rumored that during the evening Little Richard tries to seduce Paul. Later, performance at the Cavern, with Little Richard.

The Essential by Little Richard
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October 13th

Cavern evening session: Zenith Six, the Beatles, Group One.

October 17th

First TV performance, on TV Granada's People and Places.  -- Cavern Beatles. Cavern evening session: the Beatles, the Big Three, Group One.

October 22nd

Concert at the Queen's Hall, Widnes, with Lee Curtis and the All Stars, and the Mersey Beats.

October 24th

Brian writes to Tito Burns, giving him news of Beatles' availability for live shows.

October 25th

The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 8.00-8.45pm. Recording for BBC's Here We Go: Sheila; Love Me Do; A Taste Of Honey;  P.S. I Love You. 1st Ringo session for the BBC. The only live take of P.S. I Love You. The only BBC take of Sheila.  -- 1st ever interview, for the Cleaver and Clatterbridge hospital radio , Wirral. Paul comments: `John Lennon is the leader of the group'.

October 26th

Concert at the Liverpool Empire,  with Little Richard.  -- 5.00-5.29pm. BBC's Here We Go broadcast (25 October 1962 session, except Sheila).  -- Love Me Do enters the UK charts.

October 28th

1st ever concert at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, as principal support act for Little Richard, along with Craig Douglas, Jet Harris, Kenny Lynch, Sounds Incorporated. Hours before, via phone, Brian arranges a show with promoter Arthur Howes for 2 December, birth of the future Epstein-Howes concert promotions team.

October 30th

Morning. The Beatles fly to Hamburg.

November 1st

Night. Start of 4th season of performances at the Star Club.

November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 7th

Granada TV broadcasts, on the programme People And Places, a Beatles performance of Love Me Do.  -- Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 8th, 9th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 10th

Brian writes to Larry Parnes, asking him for 230.00 per week in reply to his offer of a tour.   -- Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 11th, 12th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 13th

Brian signs a contract for the band to perform at the Lewis' 527 club, Liverpool, for 25.00.  -- Night. Perform at the Star Club.

November 14th

Night. End of performances at the Star Club (4th season).

November 15th

The Beatles and Brian return from Hamburg to England.  -- Brian replies to Larry Parnes by letter. Parnes has offered him a tour, 140.00 per week; Brian wants 200.00.

November 16th

EMI House. Ground floor studio. Record a contribution for the Radio Luxembourg programme The Friday Spectacular.   -- The Beatles visit the editorial headquarters of Disc.

November 17th

Recording of performances for Granada TV's People And Places, to be broadcast later.

November 18th

Perform at the Cavern, with the Mersey Beats.

November 19th

Cavern lunch session: the Beatles.

November 21st

Perform at the Cavern, with Johnny Templer and The Hi-Cats, and the Zodiacs.

November 22nd

Concert at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead and the Zodiacs.

November 23rd

Cavern lunch session: the Beatles. Evening: concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.   -- 12.20pm. Saint James's Church Hall. Audition before BBC producers for evaluation of television potential. Failed.

November 24th

Brian sends a birthday greetings telegram to Pete Best: `Congratulations, many happy returns, all the best, John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian.'

November 25th

Perform at the Cavern, with the Fourmost, the Dennisons, and the Zenith Six.

British 60's: Fourmost/Poole/Fontana by Various Artists
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November 26th

6.00pm. The Beatles go to the studio for a 1-hour rehearsal.  Studio 2. 7.00-10.00pm. Record:
 - Please Please Me [re-make] (takes 1-18)
 - Ask Me Why (takes 1-6)
 - Tip of My Tongue (takes unknown).
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
First session for Please Please Me / Ask Me Why

November 27th

Dick James Music office. Brian discusses a music publishing proposition with Dick James.

November 28th

Perform at the Cavern, with Remo Four, and Dee Young and the Pontiacs.

November 29th

Concert at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead.

November 30th

Studio 2 (control room only). Time unknown. Mono mixing:
 - Please Please Me (from unknown take number)
 - Ask Me Why (from take 6)
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
End of sessions for Please Please Me / Ask Me Why.

December 1st

7.30pm-1.00am. Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton,  with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Dale Roberts and the Jaywalkers, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, Derry and the Seniors, Steve Day and the Drifters.

December 2nd

BBC Paris Studio, London. 7.00-8.00pm. Recording for BBC's The Talent Spot: Love Me Do; P.S. I Love You; Twist And Shout.   -- First Beatles show to be promoted jointly by Brian and Arthur Howes.

December 4th

5.00-5.29pm. BBC's The Talent Spot broadcast (recorded 2 December 1962).  -- Trip to London. Wembley TV Studios, Wembley, Middlesex. Live appearance on Associated-Rediffusion's Tuesday's Rendezvous.

December 8th

7.30pm-2.00am. Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton,  as part of The Davy Jones Show. Davy Jones, supported by the Beatles, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Remo Four, Earl Preston and the T.T.s.

Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers
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December 9th

Brian takes George Martin to the Cavern, to let him see the Beatles live for the first time.

December 10th

Concert at the Embassy Theatre, Peterborough, with Frank Ifield, Julie Grant and Ted Taylor.

December 13th

Martin & Epstein go to the Cavern, where they meet Priscilla White (Cilla Black), who receives them in wardrobe, where she works.

December 15th

7.30pm-1.00am. Perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Derry and the Seniors, Dale Roberts and the Jaywalkers.

December 17th

Transmision of a performance for Granada TV's People And Places.

December 18th

Ted Kingsize Taylor starts recordings of groups at the Star Club.    -- The Beatles go to Germany.  Night. Start of performances at the Star Club (5th season).

December 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

December 25th

Night off from performing at the Star Club.

December 26th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

December 27th

Night. Perform at the Star Club .   -- Love Me Do, number 17 in Britain.

December 28th, 29th, 30th

Night. Perform at the Star Club.

December 31st

Night. End of performances at the Star Club (5th season). Performance recorded by Ted Kingsize Taylor.   -- Ted Kingsize Taylor ends recordings of groups at the Star Club, Hamburg.

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