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How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? (The Beatles in ’67)

On May 11, 1967, The Beatles recorded “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” in 12 takes at Olympic Sound Studios in London. It was the group’s first song that was not recorded and mixed at Abbey Road. The song was added … Continue reading

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“The sooner it ends the better” (record execs’ lament of the Beatles’ invasion of America)

The headline for the Feb. 29, 1964, edition of Billboard (The International Music-Record Newsweekly) was:  Beatles Business Booms But Blessings Mixed. On the left column of the front page was an article about the band grossing more than $17 million … Continue reading

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It’s the next best thing to be … (“Free As a Bird” — The Beatles in 1995)

On Dec. 30, 1995, The Beatles’ “Free As a Bird” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10. It would peak at #6 the following week. The single was released to promote The Beatles Anthology documentary and Anthology 1, the … Continue reading

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The Magical Mystical Tour is hoping to take you away (The Beatles & the BBC in 1967)

On Dec. 26, 1967, BBC Television broadcast the Beatles’ movie Magical Mystery Tour. Because BBC1 was not yet broadcasting in “colour,” the film was shown in black and white. The British press severely criticized the production – so much that … Continue reading

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McCartney & Wings’ Band on the Run makes a break for it at #33

On Dec. 22, 1973, the highest-ranking album to debut on the Billboard Top LP’s & Tape chart was at #33: Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings. It would quickly go to #1. Although it had been three … Continue reading

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Will you walk away from a fool and his money? (Badfinger, 1970)

On Dec. 12, 1970, The Magic Christian, a film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, premiered in London. The film, about a rich man and his adopted son testing the premise that people will do anything for money, featured small … Continue reading

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Get you ready for my polygon (?) – the 2nd BANNED Wings single (hi, hi, hi)

On Nov. 30, 1972, Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings, released the single “Hi, Hi, Hi.” It was promptly banned from the BBC for its unsuitable lyrics. In 1971, McCartney formed Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist … Continue reading

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