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Today in Beatles History: September 23

Posted by **Stephen** on Sep 24, 2017 at 7:09:56 AM:

1960 - The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.

1961 - The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at night.

1963 - US release of Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas single "Bad to Me/I Call Your Name" (Liberty). Both songs were written by John Lennon and were credited to Lennon-McCartney. The single will fail to chart. "Bad to Me" will be re-released in 1964 as the flip side of the Dakotas' single "Little Children" (Imperial). The 1964 re-release will be given greater airplay due to Kramer's connection with The Beatles and Brian Epstein, his manager: "Little Children" will rise to #7 on the Billboard singles chart, and the flip-side "Bad to Me" will make it to #9. "Bad to Me" was never recorded by The Beatles (although John Lennon did record a demo version for producer George Martin), but The Beatles did record "I Call Your Name", which appears on their Capitol LP "The Beatles' Second Album".

1968 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording John's "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (using the working title "Happiness Is a Warm Gun in Your Hand"). 45 takes are recorded, with John on lead guitar and singing guide vocal, George playing a fuzz lead guitar, Paul on bass, and Ringo on drums.

1969 - The first "Paul Is Dead" rumors appear in print, in the 'Northern Star', the Northern Illinois University newspaper.

1971 - John and Yoko appear on "The Dick Cavett Show", Cavett's only guests for the entire program.

1974 - US release of John Lennon single "Whatever Gets You Through the Night/Beef Jerky" (Apple). 11 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1975 - John Lennon's deportation order is temporarily suspended on humanitarian grounds due to Yoko's advanced pregnancy.

1997 - US release of Paul McCartney's classical music album "Standing Stone". Selections: "Movement 1 - After Heavy Light Years", "Movement 2 - He Awoke Startled", "Movement III - Subtle Colours Merged Soft", and "Movement IV - Strings Pluck, Horns Blow". Top chart position: #1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard classical chart.

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