This Day in Beatle History

June 6

1971 (Jun 6) - John & Yoko Jam With Frank Zappa

John & Yoko jammed live on stage with Frank Zappa at The Filmore East in New York. Some of these recordings were released in 1972, on John Lennon’s third post-Beatles album, Some Time in New York City.

1971 (Jun 6) - The Final 'Ed Sullivan Show'

The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final show, going out with guests Jerry Vale and Gladys Knight & The Pips after 23 years on the air.

1986 (Jun 6) - Dick Rowe, 'The Man Who Turned Down The Beatles' Dies

A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote ‘Nobody cares about guitar group’s anymore.’ He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.

2006 (Jun 6) - Billy Preston Dies of Kidney Failure

Billy Preston died of kidney failure. The Grammy-winning keyboard player collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

June 7

1964 (Jun 7) - Beatles Fly Amsterdam to Hong Kong

During a world tour, The Beatles flew from Amsterdam to Hong Kong. When the plane stopped to refuel in Beirut, police turned firefighting foam on hundreds of fans who had invaded the runway at the airport.

1967 (Jun 7) - 'Mr. Mustard' Inspires John Lennon

An article appears in the Daily Mirror describing a mean man named John Mustard, giving John Lennon the idea for the Beatles song “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

1967 (Jun 7) - George & Ringo Fly To Los Angeles

George and Ringo (and their wives) fly to Los Angeles. George is there to appear in a documentary about Ravi Shankar.

June 8

1963 (Jun 8) - 'My Bonnie' Enters the UK Charts

Capitalizing on the band’s success, Polydor issues ‘My Bonnie’ in the UK.

1967 (Jun 8) - Brian Jones at Abbey Road

Paul invites Rolling Stone Brian Jones to a recording session at Abbey Road.

1967 (Jun 8) - Sgt Pepper #1 in the UK

The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.

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