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Poster for an appearance of Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.1928--Alexis Korner is born in Paris, France. A tireless advocate of the blues, he brought American legends over to play in England, and his Blues Incorporated included young Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Brian Jones, and Cream's Jack Bruce. Without Korner, there would have been no Clapton, no Mayall, no Animals, and no Led Zeppelin.

Jayne Mansfield was a sex goddess during the fifties and early sixties. John Lennon was especially fond of her and asked to meet her on the Beatles second tour of the US.1932--President Herbert Hoover suggests a five-day work week for Americans.

1933--Jayne Mansfield is born Vera Palmer. She was the B-movie Marilyn Monroe, until her untimely death in an automobile accident on the Lake Ponchartrain Bridge near New Orleans, Louisiana.

1933--The United States goes off the gold standard.

1935--Comedian-actor Dudley Moore is born in London.

1942--Alan Price, the founder of The Animals, is born in Fatfield, Durham, England. The band was originally called The Alan Price Combo, and played mostly R&B songs. Group members overheard some fans talking about those "wild animals" on stage, and thus the band adopted a new name: The Animals. Price's organ Alan Price, original keyboard player for The Animals, who later had a very successful solo and the vocals of Eric Burdon were the core of their early hits, such as House of the Rising Sun. Alan Price went on to a very successful solo career, starting with a string of top ten hits in the late 1960s with the Alan Price Set, which included his dynamic version of I Put a Spell on You. His most memorable solo work in the US is the soundtrack for the cult film, "O Lucky Man!"

1947--Mark Volman (a member of the pop group The Turtles and the Flo half of Flo and Eddie) is born in Los Angeles.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963--The Beatles perform at King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, for a Brian Epstein "Mersey Beat Showcase."

1964--The Beatles record a set of songs for their appearance on the Associated-Rediffusion television special "Around the Beatles." They will lip-sync to this pre-recorded set when the special is actually recorded on April 28. The Beatles tape Twist and Shout, Roll Over Beethoven, I Wanna Be Your Man, Long Tall Sally, Can't Buy Me Love, a medley of their hits Love Me Do / Please Please Me / From Me to You / She Loves You / I Want to Hold Your Hand, and an Isley Brothers song, Shout. The Beatles Anthology 1 reports that The Beatles also recorded the song Boys for the program, but it was not included on the TV special. The Beatles Anthology 1 includes the following tracks recorded for this program: I Wanna Be Your Man, Long Tall Sally, Boys, and Shout (Disc 2, Tracks 13-16).

Peter Sellers was a popular British comedian in the 1950s and 1960s. The Beatles were avid fans of Sellers and welcomed into their personal circle of friends.1965--US release of The Beatles' single Ticket to Ride / Yes It Is (Capitol). The single's label states that the song is from the upcoming movie "Eight Arms to Hold You" (the original name for the movie "Help!"). 11 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1965--The Beatles are awarded two Grammy Awards for the year 1964: Best Vocal Performance by a Group (A Hard Day's Night) and Best New Artist. A film clip of actor Peter Sellers presenting the Grammys to The Beatles is filmed on April 28 and is broadcast for US television on May 18, as part of the program "The Best on Record." In the film clip, after receiving the award from Sellers, John Lennon begins speaking nonsense French, and the other Beatles and Sellers join in until the false French evolves into It's A Long Way to Tipperary.

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Doctor Robert is completed with vocal overdubs and the production of rough mono mixes.

1967--The Beatles sign a new partnership agreement, creating The Beatles & Company, with a lifetime of 10 years, legally binding The Beatles together as a legal entity for that period of time.

John Lennon in India, spring of 1968.1968--John Lennon and George Harrison (and their wives) leave the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, two weeks before their study is complete. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney had already left. Later, all four Beatles will renounce their association with the Maharishi.

1973--UK release of The Beatles compilation double LP The Beatles 1962-1966 (Apple). Songs: Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me to You, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, And I Love Her, Eight Days a Week, I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, Help!, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, We Can Work It Out, Day Tripper, Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Nowhere Man, Michelle, In My Life, Girl, Paperback Writer, Eleanor Rigby, and Yellow Submarine. Highest chart position: #3.

1973--UK release of The Beatles compilation double LP The Beatles 1967-1970 (Apple). Songs: Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, All You Need is Love, I Am the Walrus, Hello Goodbye, The Fool on the Hill, Magical Mystery Tour, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Revolution, Back in the USSR, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Get Back, Don't Let Me Down, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Old Brown Shoe, Here Comes the Sun, Come Together, Something, Octopus's Garden, Let It Be, Across the Universe, and The Long and Winding Road. Highest chart position: #2.

John Lennon, the summer of 1980.1980--John Lennon begins a ten-day “vow of silence.” This was done at Yoko Ono’s suggestion to “clean out his head.”

1982--Queen becomes the latest artists to issue a tribute song to John Lennon: Life Is Real (Song For Lennon).

1988--US re-release of John Lennon albums on CD: Rock 'n' Roll and Walls and Bridges (both Capitol).

1992--Ringo Starr is interviewed for a television special, "The Making of Sgt. Pepper." The interview takes place in Aspen, Colorado.

1998--Paul McCartney and his family arrive back in Britain, returning to their farmhouse near Rye in Sussex. Paul immediately scatters Linda’s ashes over the farm. Following this, Paul begins informing friends of Linda’s death.

1999--In New York, Yoko Ono sues John Lennon’s former personal assistant, Fred Seaman, claiming he stole priceless items after John died. The lawsuit had been prompted by Seaman’s claim in a February 1999 letter to Capitol Records stating that a 1980 photo of John and Sean overlooking the beach in Bermuda was used in last year’s John Lennon Anthology box set without permission. During the court proceedings, Yoko said of the photos in dispute, “I don’t know what photos they are, but they belong to me.”

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