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King Curtis was greatly admired by John Lennon who was familiar with the records that Curtis played on in the 1950s and 1960s. Lennon asked Curtis to play on his Mind Games LP.1934--Saxophonist King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) is born in Forth Worth, Texas.

Barrett Strong1959--Buddy Holly's funeral is held in Lubbock, Texas. A thousand people attend the service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

1960--Barrett Strong's Money enters the pop chart where it tops out at #23. On the R&B chart it climbs to #2. The song will be covered by the likes of The Beatles, The Kingsmen, Flying Lizards, and Jr. Walker and the All Stars.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Merseyside Civil Service Club, Liverpool, for a fee of £5.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, at lunchtime and then again at night.

1963--On the Helen Shapiro tour, The Beatles perform at the Regal Cinema, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

1964--UK release of The Beatles' EP All My Loving (Parlophone). Songs: All My Loving, Ask Me Why, Money, and P.S. I Love You. Highest chart position: #1.

The Beatles arrive in America on February 7, 1964. Left to right: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.1964--The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time, being welcomed with extreme media coverage and already rampant Beatlemania. The demands on their time never let up from the moment they set down at John F. Kennedy International Airport, greeted by 5,000 screaming fans, until their return home on February 21. Reporters, photographers, radio stations, and TV news crews follow their every move. Added to this was the film crew accompanying The Beatles to shoot a documentary of their first American visit. The results of the documentary filming was a UK broadcast on February 12 titled, "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Beatles in New York" and a US broadcast on February 13 called, "The Beatles in America" (the US broadcast was presented by actress Carol Burnett as part of a weekly documentary series called "The Entertainers"). Over the next few days, The Beatles give extensive interviews to disc jockey Murray the K and Ed Rudy. The Beatles' US merchandising company, Seltaeb, is inundated with requests for licenses to market Beatles merchandise. It was also the day that Baskin-Robbins introduced "Beatle-Nut" ice cream. The Beatles entourage included record producer, Phil Spector, a hearty contingent of press, and for the first time in public, Cynthia Lennon. They are wisked through immigration into a chaotic press conference: a reporter asks, "Aren't you embarrassed by all this lunacy?" John Lennon says, "No. It's crazy." When asked what he thinks of Beethoven, Lennon says, "He's crazy. Especially the poems. Lovely writer." Their off-the-cuff wit wows the hard-nosed American media...and the world will never be the same.

Picture sleeve for The Beatles single, Nowhere Man.1966--One source gives this date as the US release date for the Nowhere Man / What Goes On single (but other sources say the release date is February 21).

1967--The Beatles complete filming for the Penny Lane promotional video. At Knole Park, Sevenoaks, they ride on white horses through an archway in a ruined wall. Then they are filmed sitting around a formal dinner table by a pond, and two men in wigs (one of them Mal Evans) "serve" The Beatles their musical instruments.

1969--George Harrison is admitted into London's University College Hospital, where his tonsils are to be removed the following day. He will return home on February 15.
Candy, starring Beatle Ringo Starr, was considered a controversial film at the time of it's release in 1969.
1969--Ringo Starr attends the premiere of "Candy," the film adaptation of Terry Southern's satirical novel, starring Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, Marlon Brando, and himself. The Monthly Film Bulletin sneers, "Hippy psychedelics are laid on with the self-destroying effect of an overdose of garlic."

Tom Jones1969--"This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC-TV.

1970--John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on British TV for the first time since cutting off their long hair. They tape an appearance on this date, to be broadcast the following day, on London Weekend TV's "The Simon Dee Show." Michael X, the British Black Power leader who was the beneficiary of the auctioning of John and Yoko's hair, appears with them.

1970--Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' classic, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, peaks at #30 on the pop chart.

1971--Women in Switzerland win the right to vote.

1981--John Lennon's song, Woman, peaks at #1 on the UK singles chart.

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