It was fifty years ago today…

Gretsch DuoJet GuitarOn a bitterly cold Monday, fifty years ago today, the Beatles entered Abbey Road Studios at 9 a.m. – and left almost at midnight that day having recorded the ten songs they needed for their first album, entitled “Please Please Me.”

It spent 30 weeks as the #1 album on the British charts, and served as the gasoline that fueled the Beatlemania that swept England that fateful year.

Happy Anniversary, Rock ‘n’ Roll!


50 Years Ago Today : Please Please Me Single Released

Please Please Me CoverAnd your intrepid author is liberally quoted in an article marking the occasion by Beatle correspondent, Steve Marinucci.



That’s something else!

Very nice review of Please Please Me book on “Something Else!” today. Click on the image to check it out.

John Lennon Mansion for Sale

The mansion that John Lennon bought for £20,000 in 1964 with his new Beatle riches (“Kenwood”), and where a lot of memorable songs and memorable moments unfolded, is for sale. A cool £15,000,000 will get you into the house where the first demo for “Strawberry Fields Forever” was recorded. Don’t think the indoor swimming pool was available back then, though…

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