how the past
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role The Beatles
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THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON FEBRUARY 24
1920--Lady Astor, first woman member of the British Parliament, makes her maiden speech.
1943--Although February 25 is the date traditionally observed as Harrison's birthday, George told Billboard magazine in December 1992 that his birthday is actually February 24, something of which he had only recently become aware. Apparently, George was born shortly before midnight, but his birth certificate incorrectly states that he was born after midnight, on the February 25.
1944--Session pianist, Nicky Hopkins, is born in London. He played with just about everybody, making valuable contributions to The Beatles' White Album, as well as playing on John Lennons legendary Imagine LP.
1955--Steven Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, is born.
1957--Buddy Holly records a new version of That'll Be The Day, the title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film "The Searchers."
1961--The Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey.
1962--The Beatles perform at two locations. First they appear at the YMCA in Hoylake, Wirral, Cheshire. The audience, unhappy with The Beatles' long introductions between songs, boo them off the stage. The Beatles then travel to the Cavern Club, where they perform after midnight, during one of the club's all-night sessions.
1963--The Beatles, on the Helen Shapiro tour, perform at Coventry Theatre, Coventry, Warwickshire.
1965--The first full day of filming for the movie "Help!" (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The Beatles are filmed riding bicycles around on Interfield Road, near the airport.
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). More work on Lovely Rita, which had begun the previous day. Paul McCartney overdubs his lead vocal.
1969--Nemperor Holdings is sold to Triumph Investment Trust. Triumph will now collect Brian Epstein's 25 percent of The Beatles' performance royalties. The Beatles, claiming that they are no longer represented by NEMS, instruct EMI to pay all royalties directly to Apple Corps, not to Triumph. Triumph files suit, freezing 1.3 million pounds in royalties due to be paid by EMI to The Beatles. The money cannot be disbursed until the lawsuit is resolved.
1975--Release of the Elton John single Philadelphia Freedom / I Saw Her Standing There in the US (MCA) and the UK (DJM). The B-side is a live performance with John Lennon and Elton John, recorded at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974. Highest chart position in the US: #1 (for three weeks). Highest chart position in the UK: #12.
1982--John Lennon (posthumously) and Yoko Ono are awarded a Grammy Award for 1981 Album of the Year, Double Fantasy. To a standing ovation, Yoko Ono accepts the award, and she, and many other of the gathered rock luminaries, weep as the presentation takes place.
1982--In London, at the first annual BRIT Awards, held at the Grosvenor House in Mayfair, John Lennon is honored for his outstanding contribution to British music.
1986--UK release of the John Lennon CD and LP, John Lennon: Live in New York City (EMI). Live recordings from the One to One concerts on August 30, 1972. Songs: New York City, It's So Hard, Woman Is the Nigger of the World, Well Well Well, Instant Karma! (We All Shine On), Mother, Come Together, Imagine, Cold Turkey, Hound Dog, and Give Peace a Chance.
1989--US release of the Ringo Starr CD and LP, Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr Vol. 2 (Rhino). The CD has four songs not on the LP. Songs on the LP: Wrack My Brain, In My Car, Cookin' (In the Kitchen of Love), I Keep Forgettin', Hard Times, Hey! Baby, A Dose of Rock and Roll, Private Property, Can She Do It Likes She Dances, Heart on My Sleeve, Sure to Fall (In Love With You), and She's About a Mover. Additional songs on the CD version: Attention, Who Needs a Heart, Hopeless, and You Belong to Me.
1993--Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record for Tears in Heaven.
1996--The newly edited promotional video to accompany The Beatles' Real Love (completed in London on February 13) is distributed to television stations around the world.
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