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Popular music recording innovator, Les Paul. He started the technique of multi-tracking.1799--Income Tax is introduced in the UK.

1913--Richard Milhouse Nixon, 35th President of the United States, is born in Yorba Linda, California.

1915--Les Paul, innovative recording artist (first to use double-track taping) and guitarist, is born.

1941--Folk singer, Joan Baez, is born in Staten Island.

1943--Scott Walker is born Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio. With the Walker Brothers (none of whom were actually related to each other) he went to No. 13 in 1966 with The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore).

The Beatles' No. 1 hit on Capitol Records, I Want To Hold Your Hand.1962--The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club.

1964--The Beatles perform at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London. Appearing in two performances of "The Beatles' Christmas Show."

1964--As I Want to Hold Your Hand begins to ascend the American charts, John Lennon says it's only out of "mere sympathy for British people."

Capitol Records release of Beatles '65 in America.1965--I Feel Fine is the #1 single in the US for the 3rd week in a row.

1965--The Beatles put on two performances of "Another Beatles Christmas Show" at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1965--The Beatles US album, Beatles '65, is #1 in the US album charts.

John Lennon during a comedy sketch on the British show, Not Only...But Also. He played an attendant for an outdoor men's room at a post London restaurant.1965--The episode of “Not Only...But Also” featuring John Lennon is aired on BBC2.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Outside musicians join The Beatles in the studio to overdub flutes, trumpets, piccolo, and flugelhorn onto the Penny Lane track. During the session, unknown to the others, John Lennon records the musicians' conversation for his tape collection of sounds / effects. The flautists are Ray Swinfield, P. Goody, Manny Winters, and Dennis Walton. The trumpeters are Leon Calvert and Freddy Clayton.

1968--At EMI Recording Studio in Bombay, India, George Harrison produces the first day of recordings for the Indian music selections for his Wonderwall soundtrack. George does not play on any of the tracks, but the soundtrack will be released in November as Harrison's first solo LP and it will be the first LP released bearing the Apple label. The movie "Wonderwall" will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 1968.

Glamorous high fashion model of the late 50s and early 60s, Suzy Parker.1969--As the "Get Back" project limps along with rehearsals and filming at Twickenham Film Studios, things are reaching the boiling point with George Harrison. The following day he will walk out on The Beatles. But for now, they try to consolidate on the songs they have practiced over the previous week, but John Lennon’s inability to remember the words or the arrangements hampers them. In the midst of the chaos, they improvise an original 12-bar blues number called Suzy Parker. That sets the standard for the rest of the day, during which they jam on non-existent songs with lyrics made up from the names of friends, enemies, and people in the news.

Picture sleeve for John Lennon's single, Nobody Told Me.1971--George Harrison's single My Sweet Lord is #1 in the US charts for the second week in a row.

1971--Elvis Presley, once banned on TV from the waste down for swiveling his hips, is named one of the ten outstanding young men of America by the US Jaycees.

1975--The Beatles' partnership is legally dissolved. From this point on, The Beatles exist only as a memory.

1975--On a trip to Disneyworld in Florida with his son, Julian, and May Pang, John Lennon overcomes his qualms about the deal severing The Beatles business dealings, and finally signs the required document.

1984--UK release of the John Lennon / Yoko Ono single Nobody Told Me / O'Sanity (Polydor).

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