This Day in Beatle History

March 8

1962 (Mar 8) - Beatles Make Radio Debut

The Beatles made their radio debut on the BBC’s ‘Teenagers Turn’, (Here We Go), singing Roy Orbison’s ‘Dream Baby’. It was reportedly the first time The Beatles wore suits onstage.

1963 (Mar 8) - First US Charting by a Beatles Song

‘Please Please Me’ shows up at #40 on the WLS’ Silver Dollar Survey. This marks the first time a Beatles song makes a radio sttion survey in America. It is also likely that WLS was the first station in America to play a Beatles song on the air.

1973 (Mar 8) - Paul Fined for Growing Cannabis

Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.

2016 (Mar 8) - Sir George Martin Dies

English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician, Sir George Martin died aged 90. He worked as EMI records in-house record producer and became known as the so-called fifth Beatle. Martin produced all but one of The Beatles albums giving him 30 No.1 hit singles in the UK and 23 No.1 hits in the US. He also produced many other acts including: Matt Monro, Cilla Black, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, The Fourmost, Jeff Beck, Ultravox, Kenny Rogers, UFO, Cheap Trick, Elton John and Celine Dion. Martin received a Knighthood in 1996.

March 9

1963 (Mar 9) - Package Tour with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez Begins

A second package tour, this time with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez begins at the Grenada Cinema, East Ham, London. Soon the Beatles take over the top spot.

1964 (Mar 9) - 'Letter To The Beatles' Released

Capitol Records released a song called ‘Letter To The Beatles’ by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he’s lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.

1964 (Mar 9) - Last Day Filming Train Scenes for 'A Hard Days Night'

The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Day’s Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles travelled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.

March 10

1967 (Mar 10) - Beatles Record 'Getting Better'

Beatles are in studio recording ‘Getting Better’

2009 (Mar 10) - Paul McCartney Concert Sells Out in Seven Seconds

Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on 19 April 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.

March 11

1964 (Mar 11) - Beatles Continue Filming 'A Hard Days Night'

The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for A Hard Day’s Night. Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard’s cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better’.

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