Archive for ‘History’

April 11, 2012

Paul McCartney Quits The Beatles

On April 10th, 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles, publicly ending the band. McCartney made the announcement as part of a press release promoting his first solo album McCartney, which was printed as a fake interview. The fact that McCartney was the member of The Beatles to go public with its breakup was ironic, as he was the one attempting to keep the band together for so many years.

February 17, 2012

The Beatles and Bob Dylan

The Beatles met Bob Dylan during the end of their U.S. tour on August 28th, 1964. The artists were introduced by their mutual friend, writer¬†Al Aronowitz, and they spent time together in the Beatles’ hotel room. Many believe Dylan turned The Beatles on to marijuana for the first time, which heavily influenced the band in both their image and songwriting.

February 7, 2012

The Beatles Arrive in America

On February 7th, 1964, The Beatles arrived in America for the first time, kicking off Beatlemania. The band had waited to come to the U.S. until they had a hit single there, and after “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reached #1, their concert tour was set. After The Beatles landed at JFK Airport in New York, they held a now-famous press conference.

Visit TheBeatles.com to watch a video of the press conference!

December 30, 2011

Decca Audition

The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records on New Years’ Day 1962 in London. The band performed a total of 15 songs in under an hour. Eventually the record company rejected The Beatles, claiming “guitar groups are on the way out” and “The Beatles have no future in show business.”