This Day in Beatle History

March 21

1966 (Mar 21) - John Lennon First Major Acid Trip

John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip. He freaks out while recording backing vocals on ‘Getting Better’. Producer George Martin takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios. Paul and George rush to get him down.

2016 (Mar 21) - 'Holy Grail' Beatles Recording Found

A rare Beatles record found in the loft of Les Maguire – the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act, Gerry and the Pacemakers sold for £77,500 at auction. The 10-inch acetate of ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘Hello Little Girl’ from 1962 was described as ‘a Holy Grail item’. It was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the national charts.

March 22

1963 (Mar 22) - UK Album Release of 'Please Please Me'

UK Album Release of ‘Please Please Me’ on Parlophone

1965 (Mar 22) - Beatles Return from Austria

Beatles return from Austria having finished filming there.

1978 (Mar 22) - 'The Rutles' Airs on ABC.

‘The Rutles: All You Need is Cash’ airs on ABC. It is a parody on the Beatles and stars Eric Idle with music produced by Neil Innes.

1997 (Mar 22) - Paul's Birth Certificate Auctioned

Paul McCartney’s original birth certificate is sold to a private Beatles collector for over $84,000.

March 23

1967 (Mar 23) - Beatles Get 'Ivor Novello' Awards

At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.

1972 (Mar 23) - 'Concert For Bangladesh' Film Debuts

The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history. The concert raised $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

2008 (Mar 23) - Neil Aspinall Dies

Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the ‘fifth Beatle’ becoming The Beatles road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, ‘Within You Without You’ and ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.’

March 24

1964 (Mar 23) - 'In His Own Write' Published

John Lennon’s book of verse and rhyme ‘In His Own Write’ was published in the UK. Some of the content was first published in Lennon’s ‘Beachcomber’ column in the Liverpool weekly paper Mersey Beat.

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