This Day in Beatle History

March 29

1982 (Mar 29) - 'Ebony and Ivory' Released

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release ‘Ebony and Ivory’.

1986 (Mar 29) - The Beatles Finally In The USSR

The Beatles’ records are officially licensed for sale in the Soviet Union.

2011 (Mar 29) - Illegal Distribution of Beatles Singles Ends

A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m (£625,000) to settle a legal case. BlueBeat.com, based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009. In the few days before it was forced to shut down, it had distributed more than 67,000 Beatles tracks.

March 30

1945 (Mar 30) - Beatles Influencer Eric Clapton Born

Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, England. Member of Cream, Blind Faith, the Yardbirds and Derek & the Dominos.  He’s a three time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He also marries the former wife of George Harrison, Pattie Boyd.

1963 (Mar 30) - He's So Fine #1 on US Charts

The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay $587,000 (£345,000) to the writers.

1967 (Mar 30) - Sgt Pepper Photo Shoot

The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.

1968 (Mar 30) - 'Lady Madonna' #1 in the UK

‘Lady Madonna’ is #1 in the UK. It will remain there for two weeks.

2007 (Mar 30) - Intruder Stopped at Paul's Estate

A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: ‘I must get to him.’ The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh.

March 31

1942 (Mar 31) - Beatle Influencer Hugh McCracken Born

American guitarist and session musician Hugh McCracken. He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Hall and Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney’s invitation to help form his new band, Wings after appearing on his 1971 album Ram. McCracken died on 28 March 2013 of leukemia in New York City at the age of 70

1949 (Mar 31) - RCA Introduces the 45 Record

RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.

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