This Day in Beatle History

March 16

1979 (Mar 16) - CBS Airs 'Wings Over the World'

CBS airs the Wings Over the World documentary. It chronicles the adventures of Paul’s band Wings on their 1975-76 tour.

March 17

1944 (Mar 17) - Pattie Boyd Born

Pattie Boyd is born in Taunton, Somerset, England. She would later marry George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Clapton’s song ‘Layla’ was inspired by her.

1967 (Mar 17) - Finishing Touches on 'She's Leaving Home'

Working at Abbey Road studios in London,  The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track.  Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.

1979 (Mar 17) - Bee Gees Tie Beatles #1 Mark

The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fifteenth studio album release Spirits Having Flown, the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No.1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers and tying a record set by The Beatles.

2008 (Mar 17) - Heather Mills Awarded $47 Million in Divorce

Heather Mills is awarded about $47 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney. It is substantially more than the $32 million originally offered by Paul. Throughout the ordeal, Mills is vilified in the British press as being a ‘gold digger’ and ‘opportunistic’.

2013 (Mar 17) - John & George Honored at Apple Boutique Site

John Lennon and George Harrison were honoured with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads “John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here.”

March 18

1967 (Mar 18) - Beatles 13th #1 US Single

The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 single with ‘Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever’. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon’s house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the centre of the city.

1968 (Mar 18) - 'Lady Madonna/The Inner Light' Releasedin US

‘Lady Madonna/The Inner Light’ Releasedin UK

2008 (Mar 18) - Judge Rules on Heather Mills Divorce Evidence

Heather Mills’ evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was ‘inconsistent, inaccurate’ and ‘less than candid’, according to judge Mr Justice Bennett’s. His High Court ruling was revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she could not appeal against its publication. The full ruling was published a day after she was awarded £24.3m at the High Court in London. Mills was awarded £3.2m per year for herself and the couple’s daughter Beatrice, £8m for a home in London and £3m to purchase a home in New York. The judge found the total value of Sir Paul’s assets was about £400m. Ms Mills had sought £125m and been offered £15.8m.

March 19

1964 (Mar 19) - Beatles Are 'Show Business Personalities of the Year'

UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented The Beatles with their awards for show business personalities of the year for 1963 at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

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