This Day in Beatle History

June 5

1947 (Jun 5) - Tom Evans of Badfinger Born

English musician and songwriter Tom Evans, from Badfinger, who scored the 1970 UK No.4 and US No.7 single ‘Come And Get It’. In November 1969, the Iveys changed their name to Badfinger, and Paul McCartney gave the group a boost by offering them his song ‘Come and Get It’, which he produced for the band. With Pete Ham he wrote ‘Without You’ first released on their 1970 album No Dice. The song has been recorded by over 180 artists and versions released as singles by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey became international best-sellers. Evans committed suicide on 19th November 1983.

1968 (Jun 5) - Beatles Record 'Don't Pass Me By'

The Beatles record “Don’t Pass Me By.”

1971 (Jun 5) - 'Ram' #1 in the UK

Paul McCartney’s second solo album ‘Ram’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Featuring the US No.1 single ‘Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey’.

1971 (Jun 5) - Grand Funk Passes Shea Stadium Gross

Grand Funk Railroad beats The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium record gross for a concert, after manager Terry Knight has the idea to raise ticket prices at Shea just enough to make that possible.

1988 (Jun 5) - Pattie Boyd Splits With Eric Clapton

Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison, files for divorce from Eric Clapton, who wrote the song “Layla” about her.

2007 (Jun 5) - Paul McCartney Releases 21st Solo Album

Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.

June 6

1962 (Jun 6) – First Beatles Recordings at What Will Become ‘Abbey Road’

The first Beatles recording session took place at EMI studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’ the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.

1964 (Jun 6) - Ad Says Stones Will Crush The Beatles

An anonymous ad taken out in six American music trade papers states: “In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!”

1966 (Jun 6) - Beatles Record 'Eleanor Rigby'

The Beatles record “Eleanor Rigby.”

1966 (Jun 6) - Paul's Old English Sheepdog Martha is Born

Paul’s Old English sheep dog Martha is born.   She is the ‘Martha’ referenced in ‘Martha My Dear.’

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