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Ella Mae Morse sings Cow Cow Boogie.1942--Capitol Records gets its first number one hit with Cow Cow Boogie, by Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slack.

1944--Tom Dawes, bassist for The Cyrkle, is born in Albany, New York. The Cyrkle was the only American group to be managed by Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. They were among the opening acts on one of The Beatles’ American tours. Their hits included Red Rubber Ball and Turn Down Day (both 1966).

The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime; at night they perform again at the Cavern Club, and then they appear at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking is Brian Epstein's attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure, as there is almost no response from the audience.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

1963--Cilla Black has a test recording session with EMI.

Cilla Black1964--The Beatles' album, A Hard Day's Night, is #1 in the US.

1964--The Beatles' single, A Hard Day's Night, is #1 in the UK.

The Animals1964--Billboard magazine reports England has a hot new band: The Animals debut single, House of the Rising Sun, enters the UK chart at #16. The next week, it's at #3, and seven days later it's #1. To promote the group in the US, disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped with special promotional material.

1965--The Beatles' single, Help! reaches #1 in the UK charts.

1965--Cilla Black begins three weeks of performances at the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Brian Epstein flies to America to attend her debut.

1965--Bob Dylan breaks out his electric guitar and "plugs-in" for the very first time at the Newport Jazz Festival. His reception is less than enthusiastic. Cries of “selling out” abound, but The Beatles are among his strongest supporters.

The Rolling Stones1966--In San Francisco, The Rolling Stones perform their last US concert with Brian Jones.
Brian Epstein
1967--Brian Epstein writes to Nat Weiss. Subjects: the recent death of Brian's father, The Beatles (including their project to buy a Greek island), and his next trip to New York (a trip he never took; it was planned for September 2, 1967).

1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording initial takes of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The Beatles Anthology 3 includes the one numbered take from this session, which includes an extra verse not on the “White Album” version (Disc one, Track 16).

1969--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).

The Beach Boys' LP, Surf's Up.1971--The Beach Boys enjoy a commercial comeback of sorts with the release of Surf's Up. The No. 29 position is their highest chart placement since 1966's Pet Sounds.

1973--George Harrison pays taxes of £1 million owed to the British government on revenues from the “Concert for Bangladesh” concert and album. Although not personally responsible for making the payment, Harrison paid the taxes so that frozen monies could be released and used for the intended purpose of bringing relief to starving people in Bangladesh.

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