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Today in Beatles History: October 17

Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 16, 2017 at 10:33:41 PM:

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

1961 - The Beatles perform at the David Lewis Club, Liverpool.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night. In between the two shows, they make their television debut, appearing live on the program "People and Places".

1962 - In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club, The Beatles travel to Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester, Lancashire, to make their television debut. They appear live on a local magazine program called "People and Places", which is broadcast across north and northwest England. After two rehearsals lasting nearly three hours, The Beatles perform two songs for the live transmission, "Some Other Guy" and "Love Me Do".

1963 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles worked on three recording projects in one day: 1) a failed attempt to improve their track "You Really Got a Hold On Me" for the "With the Beatles" LP, 2) recording their 5th single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand/This Boy", and 3) recording "The Beatles' Christmas Record", the first of seven annual Christmas records distributed free to members of their fan club (the second Christmas record would be the first one issued to fan club members in the US). This session was also important in that it marked the introduction of four-track recording at EMI, which allowed for more creativity in the studio. The Beatles used this new recording process for "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy", both of which were completed in 17 takes. Parlophone released the single on November 29. The Beatles then recorded the 12th take of "You Really Got a Hold On Me", finally deciding to not try any additional takes.

1967 - John, Paul, George, and Ringo attend a memorial service for Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue, Abbey Road.

1983 - UK release of Paul McCartney LP "Pipes of Peace" (Parlophone). Songs: "Say Say Say" [with Michael Jackson], "The Man" [also with Michael Jackson], "Pipes of Peace", "The Other Me", "Keep Under Cover", "So Bad", "Sweetest Little Show", "Average Person", "Hey Hey", "Tug of Peace", and "Through Our Love".

1987 - George Harrison makes an unannounced appearance with Bob Dylan on stage at Wembley Arena.

1988 - US release of Traveling Wilburys single, CD single, and cassette single "Handle With Care/Margarita" (Wilbury). George Harrison is one of the 'Wilburys'.

1988 - UK release of Traveling Wilburys single "Handle with Care/Margarita" (Wilbury). Some copies issued in a picture sleeve with a peel-off sticker. Also released on this date with track listing "Handle with Care (extended version)/Margarita": 3-inch CD single, 10-inch single, and a 12-inch single. The 12-inch single was issued in a facsimile of a 78 rpm brown-card stitched sleeve.

1988 - UK re-release of Wings LP and CD "Venus and Mars" (both on the Fame label). The CD version had bonus tracks "Zoo Gang", "Lunch Box - Odd Sox", and "My Carnival". Also re-released this date on both LP and CD: Paul McCartney's album "Tug of War" (Fame).

1989 - US release of George Harrison compilation CD, LP and cassette "Best of Dark Horse: 1976-1989" (Dark Horse). Includes two new songs: "Cockamamie Business" and "Poor Little Girl". Previously released songs: "Cheer Down", "Blow Away", "That's the Way It Goes", "Wake Up My Love", "Life Itself", "Got My Mind Set on You", "Crackerbox Palace", "Cloud 9", "Here Comes the Moon", "When We Was Fab", "Love Comes to Everyone", and "All Those Years Ago". The CD and cassette formats have an additional song, "Gone Troppo".

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