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Composer, Cole Porter1893--Composer-lyricist, Cole Porter, is born in Indiana.

1915--Les Paul, the jazz musician whose name became synonymous with the electric guitar, is born Lester Poifus in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He developed the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording.

Three Dog Night1942--Three Dog Night's Chuck Negron is born in Bronx, New York. He joined with Cory Wells and Danny Hutton to form Three Dog Night in 1968. The seven-man band was one of the most successful and popular rock groups in music history. They had twenty Top-40 hits from 1969 to 1974, including the Harry Nilsson-penned One (1969), Mama Told Me (Not To Come) (1970), and Joy To The World (1971).

1947--Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is born in London.

1957--The Quarry Men audition for "Mr. Star-Maker," Carroll Levis, at one of Levis' "TV Star Search" shows, which he puts on all over Britain. Unfortunately, The Quarry Men fail to make it past the first round of competition, losing out to The Sunnyside Skiffle Group.

1960--The Silver Beetles appear at the Neston Institute, Wirral.

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

1962--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, a night session. Just back from Hamburg, The Beatles appear at The Cavern for a "Beatles Welcome Home Show," setting a new attendance record at the club of 900.

English-style candy, jelly babies.1963--The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, perform at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans had started throwing jelly babies at them while they were performing on stage, owing to an off-the-cuff remark heard on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them. This would prove quite painful for the lads when they first begin to perform in America: unknowingly the US fans would throw hard jelly beans at them, not the soft jelly candies that are eaten in the UK.

1964--US release of the interview LP, The Beatles American Tour With Ed Rudy (Radio Pulsebeat News Documentary No. 2). Interviews taped during The Beatles' visit to the US in February 1964. 13 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #20.

The Beatles arriving in Hong Kong. Replacement drummer, Jimmy Nicol, is still touring with the band.1964--The Beatles, on their first world tour, perform two shows at the Princess Theatre in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Neither show is a sell-out, due to the extraordinarily high ticket price that the promoter had set (without Brian Epstein's knowledge). The price of a ticket to see The Beatles was equal to an average worker's earnings for a week. The Beatles had been met at the airport in Hong Kong by 1,000 fans. Drummer Jimmy Nicol continues to fill in for the ailing Ringo Starr.

1966--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Good Day Sunshine is finished. Additional overdubs are recorded, including George Martin's honky-tonk piano part.

1966--On the UK television show "Top of the Pops," a promo film of The Beatles' song Rain is broadcast. The film clip shows The Beatles in the gardens of Chiswick House.

1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The first attempt at assembling a complete song out of the parts recorded for You Know My Name (Look Up the Number). By the end of the session, the basic track is mixed and ready for vocal overdubs, but these will not be added until April 30, 1969.

1967--The Monkees appear in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

A Chinese Acupuncture chart.1970--Princeton University gives Bob Dylan an honorary doctorate in music.

1971--Paul McCartney's Ram LP goes gold.

1972--While they are in California, Elliot Mintz interviews the Lennons about their new LP, Some Time In New York City. John and Yoko split their time on the West Coast between Santa Barbara and a Japanese hotel in San Francisco. While in the Bay Area, they consult a Chinese acupuncturist to help them break their addiction to methadone, a problem which dates back to the beginning of the year. They had used the drug to end their lengthy period of heroin addiction. They also help fund a radical newspaper exposé of the Watergate break-ins, as yet unreported in the mainstream media.

1973--The Beatles' compilation LP, The Beatles 1962-1966, is #1 in the UK charts.

George and Pattie Harrison in the early 1970s.1977--George and Pattie Harrison are granted a divorce. Pattie would later marry Harrison’s long-time friend, Eric Clapton.

1986--UK re-release of The Beatles’ single, Paperback Writer / Rain (Parlophone). 20th anniversary reissue. Issued as a regular single and also as a picture disc.

1990--An international music festival, “Muzeko ‘90,” dedicated to the memory and music of John lennon, is held in Donetsk, Russia.

1993--The US Postal Service debuts its “Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll / Rhythm and Blues” stamp collection, featuring Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley.

1993--Country-soul songwriter, Arthur Alexander (You Better Move On), dies from a heart attack at age 53.

1997--In Memphis, Carl Perkins undergoes surgery to clear blocked arteries in his neck.

1998--The Ronettes finally get their day in court, as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York hears first-day arguments in their lawsuit vs. producer Phil Spector. The Ronettes (whose Spector-helmed hits include Be My Baby and Walking In The Rain) charge that the producer, his Philles Records label, and successor labels breached the group's 34-year-old contract by paying the members, led by Spector's ex-wife Ronnie Greenfield, no royalties since 1963.

The Dakota apartment building in New York City. This was the home of John Lennon at the time of his death, December 8, 1980.1999--From her Dakota apartment, Yoko Ono issues a statement in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Bed-In For Peace. The statement, titled “In Facing,” is as follows: “In Facing the end of this century, I thank each and every one of you for helping me to learn, grow and enjoy life on this beautiful planet. In gratitude, I would like to share an affirmation with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for a beautiful day. Today is the foundation of the beginning of our life of healing, love and joy. In our mind’s eye, we are all healthy and whole. Every part of our bodies are rapidly rejuvenating and revitalized. The Universe, the Planet Earth, and where we are, protect us, inspire us, and give us good energy. We are one and whole and, together, we have the power to heal our planet, the universe and ourselves. Every day in every way, it’s getting better and better for all of us, as we cease to waste our time and energy on ill thoughts and ill conducts. War is over if you want it. As John said, ‘Together we can make it. We can make it together, and that’s all there is to it.’ I love you. Yoko and Sean.”

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