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Today in Beatles History: October 31

Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 31, 2017 at 1:37:02 AM:

1956 - Paul McCartney's mother dies from breast cancer. Paul is only 14 years old. Mary McCartney, a midwife, had ignored pains in her chest, dismissing them as symptoms of menopause. By the time she had consulted a doctor and had undergone surgery, it was too late--the cancer had spread. Paul is devastated and buries his grief in his growing obsession with music.

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

1961 - The Beatles perform at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

1963 - A momentous day for The Beatles. They return to London from Sweden. Arriving at Heathrow Airport, they are greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. For the first time, The Beatles themselves realize the extent of their phenomenal popularity and of Beatlemania. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow when The Beatles arrived, and he was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US television program.

1964 - The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform at the Gaumont Cinema in Ipswich.

1965 - The Beatles' single "Ticket to Ride" enters Polish radio station Rozglosnia Harcerska's charts at no. 16.

1966 - With The Beatles having no new album for Christmas, George Martin begins remixing previously-released Beatles tracks for a compilation album to be released in lieu of new Beatles' material--"A Collection of Beatles Oldies". The 16-song album includes the first UK release of "Bad Boy". The album serves to wrap up The Beatles' early career and the "Rubber Soul"/"Revolver" transitional periods. What is to follow will be something only hinted at in the latter recordings.

1968 - Linda Eastman moves to London to live with Paul McCartney. Linda's four-year-old daughter, Heather, joins them. Paul and Linda will marry on March 12, 1969, and Paul will adopt Heather that same year.

1969 - UK release of Beatles single "Something/Come Together" (Apple). 7 weeks on the charts; highest position #4.

1969 - George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Rick Grech, and Denny Laine record unreleased tracks at Olympic Sound Studios in London.

1973 - John Lennon's appeal against the deportation order pending against him is heard in court.

1988 - US/worldwide release of Beatles boxed set (LP, CD, and cassette formats) that included the original UK albums (using the new digitally remastered versions on all formats), the "Past Masters" albums, and a paperback book. "Please Please Me", "With the Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", "Beatles For Sale", "Help!", "Rubber Soul", "Revolver", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour", "The Beatles", "Yellow Submarine", "Abbey Road", "Let It Be", "Past Masters Vol. 1", and "Past Masters Vol. 2".

1988 - UK (and worldwide) release of Beatles box set of LPs, CDs, and cassettes: "The Beatles" (EMI). Issued in a wooden box with a paperback book. Included with each set were the 'Past Masters' albums. Manufactured from the digital CD masters, meaning that the first 4 UK albums were in mono.

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