This Day in Beatle History

March 2

1964 (Mar 2) - Beatles Begin Filming 'A Hard Days Night'

The Beatles began filming what would become their first feature film A Hard Day’s Night at Marylebone train station in London.

1964 (Mar 2) - Tollie Label Releases 'Twist and Shout'

Vee-Jay Records out of Chicago creates the Tollie label and releases ‘Twist and Shout’.

1975 (Mar 2) - Linda McCartney Arrested on Pot Charge

A policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offense.

2009 (Mar 2) - Liverpool University Launches Beatles Masters Degree

Liverpool University launched a Masters degree on The Beatles, popular music and society. Liverpool Hope University claimed the course, which looked at the studio sound and compositions of The Beatles, was the first of its kind in the UK.  Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, a professor of popular music in Ontario, Canada was the first to receive the degree.

2013 (Mar 2) - Paul Childhood Pencil Doodles Fetch Big Bucks

A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for £3,764 ($5,692).

March 3

1963 (Mar 3) - Last Date of Helen Shaprio Tour

Last date of the Helen Shapiro Tour at Gaumont Cinema in Hanely Staffordshire.

1973 (Mar 3) - Slade Has First Album to Enter Number One Since The Beatles

Slade’s ‘Com On Feel The Noize’, entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.

1980 (Mar 3) - Sotheby's First Rock Memorabilia Auction

The esteemed auction house Sotheby’s holds a rock memorabilia auction. It is their first foray into this area. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles are sold for $528.

1990 (Mar 3) - Paul Begins Sold Out Japan Tour

During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu.

2008 (Mar 3) - Former Beatles Engineer Norman Smith Dies

Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed ‘Hurricane’.

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