how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON MAY 11
1904--The Spanish father of Surrealism, Salvador Dali, is born.
1904--Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5 million to build a Peace Palace.
1916--Einstein's Theory of General Relativity is presented.
1929--The first regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (three nights per week) begin in the US.
1941--Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, is born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. The Animals hit the top of the charts in both Britain and North America in the summer of 1964 with House of the Rising Sun, as well as a string of other hits during the mid-1960s. Burdon and the other Animals hung out with The Beatles, and due to Burdons fetish of breaking raw eggs on his female sex partners, he became known as The Eggman. John Lennon later used that phrase in one of The Beatles psychedelic hits, I Am The Walrus. When the original Animals group broke up in 1966, Burdon began billing the band as Eric Burdon and The Animals. They began playing psychedelic songs, such as San Franciscan Nights and Sky Pilot. In 1970, Eric Burdon fronted the funk band, War, for their #1 hit Spill the Wine, but by the following year, Burdon and War had parted company.
1943--Les Chadwick is born in Liverpool. Les was the bass player with Gerry and The Pacemakers. The group was formed in Liverpool during the emergence of the Mersey Sound, and Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, signed the group on among his stable of beat / pop group stars. Their hits include Dont Let The Sun Catch You Crying (1964), How Do You Do It (1964) and Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965). How Do You Do It became their first hit when The Beatles decided not to record it (although The Beatles did record a demo of the song to appease George Martin).
1951--Jay Forrester patents computer core memory.
1957--Buddy Holly and the Crickets audition for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts." They are rejected.
1957--The Everly Brothers make their debut on the "Grand Ole Opry."
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 the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, Lancashire. Beatlemania erupts as 2,000 frantic fans crowd into the venue to see The Beatles.
1963--The Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me, tops the English albums chart. Eight of the 12 tracks were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, setting a new precedent in rock music for artists writing their own material.
1964--US release of the EP Four By The Beatles (Capitol). Includes the previously-released songs Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, This Boy, and Please Mr. Postman. 3 weeks on Billboard singles chart; highest position #92.
1965--A second day of filming location shots at Cliveden House, Maidenhead, for the movie, "Help!" During a break in the days filming, The Beatles take part in a relay-race around the grounds and gardens of Cliveden House. The Beatles are teamed against three other teams comprised of electricians, carpenters, and camera operators. The Beatles' team includes the four Beatles, Neil Aspinall, and chauffeur Alf Bicknell. To everyone's surprise, The Beatles' team wins. They'd been thought to be in poor physical condition, and were expected to lose. This is the final day of filming for "Help!"
1967--The Beatles in the recording studio (Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London). Another recording session away from Abbey Road, at a top independent studio. In six hours (9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.), The Beatles record Baby You're a Rich Man, from start to finish. The tape operator is Eddie Kramer, who will soon begin a productive recording partnership with guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Baby You're a Rich Man is recorded specifically for inclusion in the animated feature film "Yellow Submarine," although it will end up on the B-side of the All You Need is Love single instead. The Beatles record 12 takes of the basic track, then add overdubs. Mick Jagger is known to have attended this session, and it is possible (but undocumented) that he sings backing vocal at the end of the song.
1967--Great Britain, Ireland, and Denmark apply for EG membership.
1967--The one-millionth US telephone is connected.
1968--John Lennon and Paul McCartney fly to the US to begin promoting their new company, Apple Corps Ltd. They are accompanied by Mal Evans, Derek Taylor, and Neil Aspinall. During this trip, they clearly renounce their affiliation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. John and Paul stay at 181 E. 73rd Street in New York, the residence of Nat Weiss. They appear on The Tonight Show (on May 14) before returning to England. CLICK HERE TO SEE A SPECIAL PHOTO ALBUM ABOUT JOHN AND PAUL'S TRIP TO NEW YORK.
1970--US release of The Beatles single, The Long and Winding Road / For You Blue (Apple). 10 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.
1979--UK release of The Beatles LP, Hey Jude aka The Beatles Again (Parlophone). First UK release of this album, which was released in the US on February 26, 1970. Songs: Can't Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, Paperback Writer, Rain, Lady Madonna, Revolution, Hey Jude, Old Brown Shoe, Don't Let Me Down, and The Ballad of John and Yoko.
1981--US release of the George Harrison single, All Those Years Ago / Writing's on the Wall (Dark Horse). All Those Years Ago is a jaunty, upbeat tribute to John Lennon.
1981--Reggae star, Bob Marley, dies in Miami's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, succumbing to a brain tumor that had ended his career in October 1980. Marley was regarded as a hero both in Jamaica and abroad. He was given a state funeral and buried near his birthpalce in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica. He was 36 years old.
1984--US release of the John Lennon / Yoko Ono single, Borrowed Time / Your Hands (Polydor).
1989--Roy Orbison is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City. Eric Clapton presents the award to Orbison's widow, Barbara.
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