how the past
impacts the now.
role The Beatles
played in changing
the modern world.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TOOK PLACE ON MAY 30
1879--William Vanderbilt renames New York City's Gilmores Garden, Madison Square Garden.
1889--The brassiere is invented.
1909--Benny Goodman is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1926--Christine Jorgensen, the first transsexual, is born.
1956--Time magazine runs an article entitled "Teener's Hero," which explains Elvis Presley's mystique. After a drawn-out description of his singing style, the writer keys in on Presley's appeal: "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."
1944--Lenny Davidson, guitarist for The Dave Clark Five, is born. The group was started in Tottenham, England, to raise money for Dave Clarks soccer team. They went on to record such hits as Glad All Over, Cant You See That Shes Mine, Because, I Like It Like That, Catch Us If You Can, and Over And Over.
1960--The Silver Beetles perform at Allan Williams' Jacaranda Coffee Bar on Slater Street in Liverpool. This is the first of approximately 12 appearances at the club, but there are no records of the dates of those performances.
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, touring with Roy Orbison, perform at the Odeon Cinema, Manchester, Lancashire. The Beatles' performance is reviewed by Daily Express correspondent Derek Taylor. Taylor will later become Brian Epstein's personal assistant and, later still, press officer for The Beatles and Apple Records.
1964--Love Me Do becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).
1964--The Beatles' single, Cry For a Shadow (an instrumental recorded in 1961 that would later come to define the Liverpool beat sound), is #1 on the charts in Australia.
1964--The Dave Clark Five perform their first concert in the US at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1966-The Beatles release Paperback Writer / Rain as their latest single. This new, pre-psychedelic sound proves that The Beatles have stepped beyond the British beat scene. This record also breaks the pattern of a long series of John Lennon-composed A-sides. The single reaches No. 1.
1966--Autograph hunters in a Mini Cooper, chase John Lennon in his Rolls Royce, which is stopped in Bushy Park Road, Teddington, Middlesex, by the police. John is fined for speeding. The Mini is also stopped. The chasers get their autographs after the police finish with Lennon.
1966--Brian Epstien flies from Madrid to New York to make arrangements for The Beatles next American tour.
1968--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording sessions begin for the next Beatles album, which will turn out to be The Beatles (widely known as the White Album). This double-LP will be the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. Recording begins for Revolution (the album version, later titled Revolution 1). The Beatles record 18 rhythm track takes of Revolution, the last take running 10 mins. 17 secs. The creation of Revolution 9 is conceived during this session, but it will not be realized until the lengthy take 18, after many overdubs, is cut into two songs.
1969--UK release of The Beatles single, The Ballad of John and Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (Apple). 8 weeks on the charts; highest position #1. This is John Lennons first A-side since All You Need Is Love.
1969--The Beatles' single, The Ballad of John and Yoko is banned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission on the grounds that it is blasphemous. In the US, some stations also ban the song, while others edit the word "Christ," clipping it out and replacing it back in backwards, as a means of avoiding being banned. John Lennon does not approve of the unauthorized alteration of his work.
1970--Fluxfest continues with The Store by John and Yoko, which offers a collection of New York ticket machines.
1973--US release of the George Harrison LP, Living in the Material World (Apple). Songs: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth), Sue Me, Sue You Blues, The Light That Has Lighted the World, Don't Let Me Wait Too Long, Who Can See It, Living in the Material World, The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord), Be Here Now, Try Some Buy Some, The Day the World Gets 'Round, and That Is All. 26 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.
1975--UK release of the Wings LP, Venus and Mars (Capitol).
1987--The Philips Company unveils its compact disc video.
1989--UK re-release of The Beatles single, The Ballad of John and Yoko / Old Brown Shoe (Parlophone). 20th anniversary reissue. Released as a regular single and also as a picture disc.
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