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The Beatles timeline

The Beatles were a rock group from Liverpool, England. This timeline chronicles their activities.

Pre-1940 · 1940s · 1950s · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970s · 1980s · 1990s · 2000s · 2010s
Album and single releases · Notes · References


Type codes
T Event type
B Changes to band line-up/name
L Life events (including births, deaths, weddings, and divorces)
PA Performance: audition
PC Performance: concert
PR Performance: radio broadcast
PT Performance: TV broadcast
RA Record release: album
RE Record release: EP
RF Film or video release
RG Video game release
RS Record release: single
S Recording music for record release
SR Recording music for radio broadcast
V Recording video (film, TV, video)
O Other events
Location codes
Event location L
Canada CAN
Germany GER
United Kingdom UK
United States US
Other O


Date T Event L
1926 Jan 03 L Highbury, London. UK

1934 Sep 19 L Brian Epstein is born in Liverpool.[1] UK
1938 Apr 29 L Klaus Voormann is born in Berlin. GER
1938 May 20 L Astrid Kirchherr is born in Hamburg. GER
1939 Sep 10 L Cynthia Powell (later Lennon) is born in Blackpool.[1] UK


|- |1940 |Jun |23 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Stuart Sutcliffe is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

|- |1940 |Jul |07 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Richard Starkey, later known as Ringo Starr, is born in the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital.[1] |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

|- |1940 |Oct |09 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|John Lennon is born in the Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool.[1] |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

|- | colspan="6" style="background: #aaa; height: 3px; padding: 0 !important" |

|- |1941 |Sep |24 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Linda Eastman (later McCartney) is born in New York City. |style="font-size:x-small;background:black; color: white"|US

|- |1941 |Nov |24 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Pete Best is born in Madras, India.[1] |style="font-size:x-small;background:#ccc;"|O

|- | colspan="6" style="background: #aaa; height: 3px; padding: 0 !important" |

|- |1942 |Jun |18 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Paul McCartney is born in the Walton Hospital, Liverpool.[1] |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

|- | colspan="6" style="background: #aaa; height: 3px; padding: 0 !important" |

|- |1943 |Feb |25 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|

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  • Hill, Tim (2007). Then There Was Music: The Beatles. Daily Mail (UK). pp. 10–381.  
  • Pawlowski, Gareth (1990). How They Became The Beatles. McDonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd.  
  • Gottfridsson, Hans Olof. "The Akustik Audio Recordings". TheBeatleSource. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hill 2007, p. 10
  2. ^ "Stella McCartney receives a GLAMOUR Women of the Year award from Yoko, Olivia & Barbara". Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hill 2007, p. 11
  4. ^ a b Harry, pp. 2–3
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Hill 2007, p. 12
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hill 2007, p. 13
  7. ^ Gottfridsson
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Hill 2007, p. 14
  9. ^ Miles 1998, p. 37
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Hill 2007, p. 15
  11. ^ Spitz 2005, p. 252
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hill 2007, p. 16
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp Lewisohn 1988, pp. 200–201
  14. ^ Miles 1998, p. 57
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Hill 2007, p. 17
  16. ^ Lennon 2005, pp. 128–129
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Hill 2007, p. 20
  18. ^ Miles 1998, p. 72
  19. ^ "Please Please Me". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  20. ^ "Widnes-owned Beatles single sells for thousands!". The Beatles Story. 
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  22. ^ Miles 2007, p. 210
  23. ^ a b Miles 2007, p. 247
  24. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 264
  25. ^ a b c d Miles 2007, p. 262
  26. ^ Miles 2007, p. 263
  27. ^ Miles 2007, p. 286
  28. ^ "1969: Paul McCartney weds Linda Eastman". BBC. 12 March 1969. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  29. ^ Miles 2007, p. 290
  30. ^ Miles 2007, p. 300
  31. ^ Miles 2007, p. 301
  32. ^ Shuster, Alvin. "McCartney Breaks Off With Beatles" New York Times 11 April 1970: 20
  33. ^ "Lennon shot on way to see son". Toronto Star (Toronto). 10 June 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  34. ^ Skanse, Richard (20 April 1998). "Linda McCartney Dies at 56". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 January 2008. 
  35. ^ "Harrison death mystery solved".  
  36. ^ The Beatles on iTunes.  


Timeline of the Beatles' album and single releases in the UK and US

Album and single releases

Date T Event L
2010 Nov 16 O Music catalogue released on iTunes.[36] O
2011 May 04 L Paul McCartney proposes to fiancée, Nancy Shevell. UK
2011 Oct 09 L Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell. UK
2013 Nov 11 RA On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 released. UK
2014 Jan 21 RA The U.S. Albums released. US


Date T Event L
2000 Nov 13 RA 1 released. UK
2001 Nov 29 L Harrison dies of cancer on 29 November 2001 in Los Angeles.[35] US
2002 Jun 11 L McCartney marries Heather Mills at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland. O
2003 Mar 31 RF The Beatles Anthology released. UK
2003 Oct 28 L Beatrice McCartney is born to Paul and Heather Mills McCartney. UK
2003 Nov 17 RA Let It Be... Naked released. UK
2004 Nov 16 RA The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 released. UK
2006 Apr 11 RA The Capitol Albums, Volume 2 released. UK
2006 Nov 20 RA Love released. UK
2008 Feb 18 L The divorce proceedings between Paul and Heather Mills McCartney conclude in court 34 of the Royal Courts of Justice, on The Strand, in the City of Westminster, London. UK
2008 Oct 20 RF All Together Now released. UK
2009 Sep 09 RA The Beatles in Mono released. UK
2009 Sep 09 RA The Beatles Stereo Box Set released. UK
2009 Sep 09 RG The Beatles: Rock Band released. UK
2009 Dec 07 RA The Beatles Stereo Box Set USB flash drive released. UK


Date T Event L
1991 Nov 13 RF The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit released. UK
1994 Nov 30 RA Live at the BBC released. UK
1994 Dec 30 L Maureen Starkey dies of complications related to leukaemia treatment in Seattle, Washington. US
1995 Mar 20 RS "Baby It's You" / "I'll Follow the Sun" / "Devil in Her Heart" / "Boys" (CD maxi-single) released. UK
1995 Dec 04 RS "Free as a Bird" / "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" UK
1995 Nov 21 RA Anthology 1 released. UK
1996 Mar 04 RS "Real Love" / "Baby's in Black" (live) released. UK
1996 Mar 18 RA Anthology 2 released. UK
1996 Oct 28 RA Anthology 3 released. UK
1998 Apr 17 L Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer in Tucson, Arizona.[34] US
1999 Sep 13 RA Yellow Submarine Songtrack released. UK


Date T Event L
1980 Mar 24 RA Rarities (US version) released. US
1980 Oct 13 RA The Beatles' Ballads released. UK
1980 Nov 03 RA The Beatles Box released. UK
1980 Dec 08 L Lennon is shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman.[33] US
1981 Apr 27 L Starr marries Bach, whom he met on the set of Caveman. US
1982 Mar 22 RA Reel Music released. UK
1982 Mar 22 RS "The Beatles Movie Medley" / "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" released. UK
1982 Oct 11 RA 20 Greatest Hits released. UK
1984 Feb 01 RF The Compleat Beatles released. UK
1984 Dec 10 RA The Early Tapes of The Beatles released. UK
1988 Mar 07 RA Past Masters released. UK
1988 Nov 15 RA The Beatles Box Set released. UK


Date T Event L
1970 Feb 26 RA Hey Jude released.[13] US
1970 Mar 06 RS "Let It Be" / "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" released.[13] UK
1970 Apr 10 B In a press release, McCartney announces he is leaving the Beatles.[32] UK
1970 May 04 RA In the Beginning (Circa 1960) released. US
1970 May 08 RA Let It Be album released.[13] UK
1970 May 11 RS "The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" released.[13] UK
1970 May 13 RF Let It Be film released. UK
1970 Nov 17 L Lee Starkey is born to Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey. UK
1970 Dec 18 RA From Then to You released. UK
1970 Dec 18 RA The Beatles' Christmas Album released. US
1970 Dec 31 B McCartney files suit to dissolve the Beatles partnership. UK
1971 Sep 13 L Stella McCartney is born in London to Paul and Linda McCartney. UK
1973 Apr 19 RA 1962–1966 released.[13] UK
1973 Apr 19 RA 1967–1970 released.[13] UK
1974 Jun L George and Pattie Harrison divorce. UK
1975 Jul 17 L Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey's divorce is finalised on the grounds of Starr's affair with American model Nancy Lee Andrews. UK
1975 Oct 9 L Sean Lennon is born in New York City to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, on his father's 35th birthday. US
1976 Mar 08 RS "Yesterday" / "I Should Have Known Better" released. UK
1976 May 31 RS "Got to Get You into My Life" / "Helter Skelter" released. US
1976 Jun RS "Back in the U.S.S.R." / "Twist and Shout" released. UK
1976 Jun 07 RA Rock 'n' Roll Music released. UK
1976 Nov 08 RS "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" / "Julia" released. UK
1977 May 04 RA The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl released. UK
1977 Apr 08 RA Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 released. UK
1977 Sep 12 L James McCartney is born in London to Paul and Linda McCartney. UK
1977 Oct 21 RA Love Songs released. UK
1978 Aug 01 L Olivia Trinidad Arias. UK
1978 Aug 14 RS "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With a Little Help from My Friends" / "A Day in the Life" released. UK
1978 Sep 02 L Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office, England. UK
1978 Nov 02 RA The Beatles Collection released. UK
1978 Dec 02 RA Rarities (UK version) released. UK


Date T Event L
1969 Jan 13 RA Yellow Submarine released.[13] UK
1969 Jan 30 PC The Beatles give their final public performance on the rooftop of the Apple offices on Savile Row. They play nine songs in forty two minutes, including repeats of three songs.[27] UK
1969 Mar 12 L McCartney marries Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office.[28] UK
1969 Mar 20 L Lennon marries Ono in Gibraltar.[29] O
1969 Apr 11 RS "Get Back" / "Don't Let Me Down" released.[13] UK
1969 May 30 RS "The Ballad of John and Yoko" / "Old Brown Shoe" released.[13] UK
1969 Aug 28 L Mary McCartney is born in London to Paul and Linda McCartney. UK
1969 Sep 13 PC After last minute arrangements, the Plastic Ono Band performs at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. This version of the band includes Lennon, Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and Alan White.[30] The performance is recorded and later released as Live Peace in Toronto 1969. CAN
1969 Sep 20 B In a meeting to sign a new recording contract negotiated by Allen Klein, Lennon tells McCartney and Starr (Harrison was not present) that he is leaving the Beatles.[31] UK
1969 Sep 26 RA Abbey Road released.[13] UK
1969 Oct 06 RS "Something" / "Come Together" released.[13] UK
1969 Nov 04 RA Very Together released. CAN


Date T Event L
1968 Jan 12 L Heather Mills is born in Aldershot, Hampshire. UK
1968 Feb 15 O The Harrisons and Lennons leave London on their way to Rishikesh, India, for a retreat with the Maharishi.[25] O
1968 Feb 19 O McCartney, Asher, and the Starrs fly from London to Rishikesh.[25] O
1968 Mar 1 O The Starrs leave the Rishikesh retreat much earlier than expected; they miss their children and Ringo is unhappy with the food.[25] O
1968 Mar 15 RS "Lady Madonna" / "The Inner Light" released.[13] UK
1968 Mar 26 O McCartney and Asher leave the Rishikesh retreat.[25] O
1968 Apr 12 O The Harrisons and Lennons leave the Rishikesh retreat amid a controversy about the behaviour of the Maharishi.[26] O
1968 Jun 06 RF Yellow Submarine released. UK
1968 Aug 26 RS "Hey Jude" / "Revolution" released.[13] UK
1968 Nov 08 L John and Cynthia Lennon's divorce is completed with the granting of their decree nisi. UK
1968 Nov 22 RA The Beatles released.[13] UK


Date T Event L
1967 Feb 13 RS "Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever" released.[13] UK
1967 Jun 01 RA Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released.[13] UK
1967 Jul 07 RS "All You Need Is Love" / "Baby, You're a Rich Man" released.[13] UK
1967 Aug 04 RA The Beatles' First released. UK
1967 Aug 19 L Jason Starkey is born to Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey. UK
1967 Aug 25 L The Beatles and their wives go to Bangor, Wales to attend a seminar by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[23] UK
1967 Aug 27 L Epstein found dead in his London home.[23] After hearing the news, the Beatles leave the seminar.[24] UK
1967 Nov 24 RS "Hello, Goodbye" / "I Am the Walrus" released.[13] UK
1967 Nov 27 RA Magical Mystery Tour (album) released.[13] US
1967 Dec 08 RE Magical Mystery Tour (EP) released.[13] UK
1967 Dec 26 RF Magical Mystery Tour broadcast. UK


Date T Event L
1966 Jan 21 L Harrison marries Boyd at the Leatherhead and Esher Registry Office, with McCartney and Epstein as best men.[22] UK
1966 Feb 15 RS "Nowhere Man" / "What Goes On" released.[13] US
1966 Mar 04 RE Yesterday released.[13] UK
1966 May 01 RF The Beatles at Shea Stadium released. UK
1966 May 30 RS "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" released.[13] UK
1966 Jun 15 RA Yesterday and Today released.[13] US
1966 Jul 08 RE Nowhere Man released.[13] UK
1966 Aug 05 RA Revolver released.[13] UK
1966 Aug 08 RA Revolver released.[13] US
1966 Aug 05 RS "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" released.[13] UK
1966 Dec 09 RA A Collection of Beatles Oldies released.[13] UK


Date T Event L
1965 Feb 01 RE 4-by the Beatles released.[13] US
1965 Feb 11 L Starr and Cox marry. UK
1965 Feb 15 RS "Eight Days a Week" / "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" released.[13] UK
1965 Mar 22 RA The Early Beatles released.[13] US
1965 Apr 06 RE Beatles for Sale (EP) released.[13] UK
1965 Apr 09 RS "Ticket to Ride" / "Yes It Is" released.[13] UK
1965 Jun 04 RE Beatles for Sale (No. 2) released.[13] UK
1965 Jun 14 RA Beatles VI released.[13] US
1965 Jul 19 RS "Help!" / "I'm Down" released.[13] UK
1965 Jul 29 RF Help! released. UK
1965 Aug 06 RA Help! released.[13] UK
1965 Aug 13 RA Help! released.[13] US
1965 Sep 13 RS "Yesterday" / "Act Naturally" released.[13] US
1965 Sep 13 L Zak Starkey is born to Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey. UK
1965 Oct 11 RS "Roll Over Beethoven" / "Misery" released.[13] UK
1965 Oct 11 RS "Boys" / Medley: "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" released.[13] UK
1965 Dec 03 RA Rubber Soul released.[13] UK
1965 Dec 03 RS "We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper" released.[13] UK
1965 Dec 06 RE The Beatles' Million Sellers released.[13] UK


Date T Event L
1964 Jan 03 RS "Please Please Me" / "From Me to You" released.[13] US
1964 Jan 31 RS "Nobody's Child" released.[13] UK
1964 Jan 10 RA Introducing... The Beatles released.[13] US
1964 Jan 20 RA Meet the Beatles! released.[13] US
1964 Feb 03 RA Twist and Shout released. CAN
1964 Feb 07 RE All My Loving released.[13] UK
1964 Feb 07 O The Beatles arrive at JFK in New York US
1964 Feb 09 PT The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show US
1964 Feb 03 RA The Beatles with Tony Sheridan & Guests released.[13] US
1964 Feb 17 RS "All My Loving" / "This Boy" released. O
1964 Feb 28 RS "Why" / "Cry for a Shadow" released.[13] UK
1964 Mar 02 RS "Twist and Shout" / "There's a Place" released.[13] US
1964 Mar 16 RS "Can't Buy Me Love" / "You Can't Do That" released.[13] UK
1964 Mar 23 RE Souvenir of Their Visit to America released.[13] US
1964 Mar 23 RS "Do You Want to Know a Secret" / "Thank You Girl" released.[13] US
1964 Apr 10 RA The Beatles' Second Album released.[13] US
1964 Apr 19 PT Around the Beatles is aired. UK
1964 Apr 27 RS "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" released.[13] US
1964 May 11 RA The Beatles' Long Tall Sally released. CAN
1964 May 11 RE Four by the Beatles released.[13] US
1964 May 21 RS "Sie Liebt Dich" / "I'll Get You" released.[13] GER
1964 May 29 RS "Ain't She Sweet" / "If You Love Me, Baby" released. UK
1964 Jun 01 RS "Take Out Some Insurance on Me, Baby" released. UK
1964 Jun 19 RE Long Tall Sally released.[13] UK
1964 Jun 26 RA A Hard Day's Night released.[13] O
1964 Jul 06 RF A Hard Day's Night released. UK
1964 Jul 06 RS "Ain't She Sweet" / "Nobody's Child" released.[13] UK
1964 Jul 10 RA A Hard Day's Night released.[13] UK
1964 Jul 10 RS "A Hard Day's Night" / "Things We Said Today" released.[13] UK
1964 Jul 13 RS "A Hard Day's Night" / "I Should Have Known Better" released.[13] US
1964 Jul 20 RA Something New released.[13] US
1964 Jul 20 RS "And I Love Her" / "If I Fell" released.[13] O
1964 Aug 20 RS "I'll Cry Instead" / "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" released.[13] UK
1964 Aug 24 RS "Matchbox" / "Slow Down" released.[13] UK
1964 Oct 05 RA Ain't She Sweet released. US
1964 Nov 04 RE Extracts from the Film A Hard Day's Night released.[13] UK
1964 Nov 06 RE Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night released.[13] UK
1964 Nov 23 RA The Beatles' Story released.[13] US
1964 Nov 23 RS "I Feel Fine" / "She's a Woman" released.[13] UK
1964 Dec 04 RA Beatles for Sale released.[13] UK
1964 Dec 04 RS "If I Fell" / "Tell Me Why" released.[13] UK
1964 Dec 15 RA Beatles '65 released.[13] US


Date T Event L
1963 Jan 11 RS "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why" released.[13] UK
1963 Feb 07 RS "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why" released.[13] US
1963 Mar 22 RA Please Please Me released.[13] UK
1963 Apr 08 L Julian Lennon is born in Liverpool to John and Cynthia Lennon. UK
1963 Apr 11 RS "From Me to You" / "Thank You Girl" released.[13] UK
1963 May 27 RS "From Me to You" / "Thank You Girl" released.[13] US
1963 Jul 12 RE My Bonnie released.[13] UK
1963 Jul 12 RE Twist and Shout released.[13] UK
1963 Aug 03 L Kyoko Chan Cox is born in Japan to Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox. O
1963 Aug 23 RS "She Loves You" / "I'll Get You" released.[13] UK
1963 Sep 06 RE The Beatles' Hits released.[13] UK
1963 Sep 16 RS "She Loves You" / "I'll Get You" released.[13] US
1963 Nov 01 RE The Beatles (No. 1) released.[13] UK
1963 Nov 22 RA With the Beatles released.[13] UK
1963 Nov 25 RA Beatlemania! With the Beatles released. CAN
1963 Nov 29 RS "I Want to Hold Your Hand" / "This Boy" released.[13] UK
1963 Dec 09 RS "Roll Over Beethoven" / "Please Mister Postman" released.[13] CAN
1963 Dec 26 RS "I Want to Hold Your Hand" / "I Saw Her Standing There" released.[13] US


Date T Event L
1962 Jan 01 PC The Beatles audition for Decca at their studio in West Hampstead[12] UK
1962 Jan 01 S The Beatles record 15 tracks at the Decca audition[12] UK
1962 Jan 04 O The Beatles come out top of the first Mersey Beat poll to find the most popular group, in an issue devoted mainly to them[12] UK
1962 Jan 05 RA My Bonnie released.[12] UK
1962 Jan 05 RS "My Bonnie" / "The Saints" released.[13] UK
1962 Jan 24 O The Beatles sign a contract to make Epstein their manager[12] UK
1962 Feb 01 O The Beatles' management contract (signed on 24 January) officially begins[12] UK
1962 Feb 01 PC Epstein books the Beatles to play at the Thistle Café in West Kirby, Cheshire[12] UK
1962 Feb 05 B For two performances (noon at The Cavern; evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport) Starr fills in as the Beatles' drummer while Best is ill[14] UK
1962 Feb 06 O Epstein meets Dick Rowe and Beecher Stevens of Decca, who inform him that the Beatles were rejected in favour of Brian Poole & the Tremeloes[12] UK
1962 Feb 20 O Epstein writes to Bert Kaempfert, asking him to release the Beatles from the Polydor contract they entered when they recorded with Tony Sheridan[12] UK
1962 Mar 07 SR The Beatles record their appearance on the BBC Light Programme's Teenager's Turn (Here We Go)[12] UK
1962 Mar 08 PR The Teenager's Turn (Here We Go) episode the Beatles recorded the previous day is broadcast, the band's radio debut[12] UK
1962 Apr 10 L Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 21[12] GER
1962 Apr 13 PC The Beatles return to Germany to play 48 dates at Hamburg's Star-Club[15] GER
1962 Apr 23 RS The "My Bonnie" single is released in the US[15] US
1962 May 08 O Epstein visits the HMV store in Oxford Street, where he meets Ted Huntley, who refers him to Ardmore & Beechwood, where he meets Sidney Coleman. Coleman arranges a meeting with EMI producer Martin[15] UK
1962 May 09 O Epstein meets Martin at Abbey Road Studios, and immediately sends a telegram to the Beatles in Hamburg confirming that they have been accepted[15] UK
1962 Jun 02 O The Beatles return to England at the conclusion of their Hamburg contract.[15] UK
1962 Jun 04 O The Beatles sign a recording contract with EMI's Parlophone record label, with Martin as their producer[15] UK
1962 Jun 06 S The Beatles go to Abbey Road Studios for the first time, to make a recording test for Parlophone. Martin informs Epstein that for future recordings he will use a session drummer in place of Best.[15] UK
1962 Jun 09 PC The Beatles play at the Cavern Club again—their first performance there since they last departed for Germany[15] UK
1962 Jun 26 O Epstein officially forms NEMS Enterprises[15] UK
1962 Jul 26 PC The Beatles support Joe Brown and the Bruvvers at Cambridge Hall, Southport. The concert is promoted by Epstein[15] UK
1962 Aug 14 B Epstein asks Starr to join the Beatles permanently[15] UK
1962 Aug 15 PC Best performs his last show with the Beatles, at the Cavern Club[15] UK
1962 Aug 16 B Epstein fires Best from the band. Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three fills in for him[15] UK
1962 Aug 16 PC The Beatles play at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester[15] UK
1962 Aug 18 B Starr officially joins the Beatles[15] UK
1962 Aug 18 PC The Beatles play a gig at the Port Sunlight Horticultural Society's annual show in Birkenhead[15] UK
1962 Aug 23 L Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Register office in Liverpool.[16] UK
1962 Sep 04 S The Beatles' first recording session at Abbey Road Studios. They record "Love Me Do" and a demo of "How Do You Do It?." "Love Me Do" will also be recorded on 11 September with session drummer Andy White, but Martin will use one of the takes from today's session with Starr on drums for the original UK single release.[17][18] UK
1962 Sep 10 O Lennon and Harrison buy new guitars from Rushworth and Dreaper's in Liverpool[17] UK
1962 Sep 11 B Session drummer Andy White plays drums while Starr plays percussion. This is the only occasion on which a session drummer is used on Beatles recordings.[17] UK
1962 Sep 11 S The Beatles record "P.S. I Love You", "Please Please Me", and "Love Me Do". Today's taping of "Please Please Me" is an early, slow version of the song; Martin suggests it be reworked.[17][19] UK
1962 Sep 22 V Granada Television films the Beatles performing at the Cavern Club[17] UK
1962 Oct 01 O The Beatles sign a new contract with Epstein[17] UK
1962 Oct 05 RS "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" released,[13] and played on Radio Luxembourg[17] UK
1962 Oct 06 O The Beatles sign copies of their new single at Dawson's Music Shop in Widnes, Cheshire—the first of many such public appearances[17][20] UK
1962 Oct 08 SR The Beatles make a recording for Radio Luxembourg's The Friday Spectacular at EMI House[17] UK
1962 Oct 09 O The Beatles visit the offices of the Record Mirror in Shaftesbury Avenue, London[17] UK
1962 Oct 11 O "Love Me Do" appears in the listings of favourite songs in Record Retailer[17] UK
1962 Oct 12 PC The Beatles are a support act for Little Richard at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton[17] UK
1962 Oct 17 PT The Beatles make their television debut on Granada's People and Places[17] UK
1962 Oct 25 PR The Beatles are interviewed for the Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospital radio station[17] UK
1962 Oct 25 SR The Beatles record their next appearance on the BBC's Here We Go radio programme at the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester[17] UK
1962 Oct 26 O "Love Me Do" enters the UK Singles Chart[21] UK
1962 Oct 26 PR Here We Go is broadcast at 5pm[21] UK
1962 Oct 28 PC The Beatles make their first appearance at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, again supporting Little Richard[21] UK
1962 Nov 01 PC The Beatles begin a 2-week run at Hamburg's Star Club[21] GER
1962 Nov 07 PR The Beatles appear in another episode of Granada's People and Places[21] UK
1962 Nov 15 O The Beatles return to England[21] UK
1962 Nov 16 O The Beatles visit the offices of Disc, a music paper[21] UK
1962 Nov 16 SR The Beatles record a piece for The Friday Spectacular on Radio Luxembourg[21] UK
1962 Nov 17 V The Beatles make another recording for People and Places[21] UK
1962 Nov 26 S The Beatles record their second single, "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"[21] UK
1962 Nov 30 S The Beatles attend another recording session to finish the "Please Please Me" single[21] UK
1962 Dec 02 SR The Beatles record an appearance on BBC Light Programme's The Talent Spot[21] UK
1962 Dec 04 PR The Talent Spot is broadcast at 5pm[21] UK
1962 Dec 04 PR The Beatles appear live on Associated-Rediffusion's Tuesday Rendezvous from the Wembley television studios[21] UK
1962 Dec 13 PR The Beatles' appearance on People and Places is broadcast[21] UK
1962 Dec 17 PC Epstein takes producer Martin to watch one of the Beatles' regular shows at the Cavern Club[21] UK
1962 Dec 18 PC Due to an existing contract, the Beatles travel to Hamburg to play 12 more dates at the Star-Club[21] GER
1962 Dec 31 L Heather See is born in Tucson, Arizona to Linda and Joseph See. In 1969, she will be adopted by Paul McCartney following his marriage to her mother. US


Date T Event L
1961 Jan 05 PC The Beatles perform at the Town Hall in Litherland, Liverpool. They play various local venues over the next 3 months[8] UK
1961 Feb 09 PC The Beatles' first lunchtime performance at the Cavern Club[8] UK
1961 Feb 25 L Harrison's 18th birthday[8] UK
1961 Mar 11 PC The "Beatles Farewell Show" takes place at the Aintree Institute, Liverpool. The show goes on all night, concluding at 8am, and features performances from other Liverpool bands such as Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes[8] UK
1961 Mar 15 B Stuart Sutcliffe leaves the Beatles. He returns to Germany, and becomes engaged to Astrid Kirchherr[8] GER
1961 Apr 01 PC Another series of shows in Hamburg begins, with the Beatles playing at the Top Ten Club. The band plays every night until 1 July, making a total of 92 appearances at the club. For a portion of this stay in Hamburg, they share the bill with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes[8][9] GER
1961 Jun 22 S The Beatles, credited as "The Beat Brothers", provide backing vocals for Tony Sheridan's My Bonnie album, produced by Bert Kaempfert[8] GER
1961 Jul 01 O The Beatles sign a 1-year contract with Kaempfert[8] GER
1961 Jul 01 PC The Beatles' final performance at the Top Ten Club[8] GER
1961 Jul 03 O The Beatles return to Liverpool[8] UK
1961 Jul 06 O The first edition of Mersey Beat is published, and includes an essay by Lennon about the Beatles[8] UK
1961 Jul 07 L Starr's 21st birthday[8] UK
1961 Jul 13 PC The Beatles' first performance back in England, at St John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool[8] UK
1961 Jul 14 PC The Beatles make another appearance at the Cavern Club, to play both the lunchtime and evening slots. The band plays many local gigs—predominately at the Cavern—in the following months[8] UK
1961 Jul 20 O The Beatles make the front page of Mersey Beat with a story about their contract with Kaempfert[8] UK
1961 Jul 27 PC The Beatles are supported at the Cavern Club by Cilla White, who would later become Cilla Black[8] UK
1961 Aug 31 O Local DJ Bob Wooler writes an article on the Beatles for Mersey Beat[10] UK
1961 Oct 09 L Lennon's 21st birthday. He and McCartney celebrate by buying bowler hats and hitchhiking to Paris[10] UK
1961 Oct 17 PC The Beatles' first fan club performance, at the David Lewis Club in Liverpool[10] UK
1961 Oct 28 O A customer called Raymond Jones enquires about the Beatles' "My Bonnie" single at Epstein's NEMS store, despite the record only being released in Germany. Epstein promises to find it. Alistair Taylor (Epstein's assistant) later said that he used Jones' name to order copies of the record himself[10][11] UK
1961 Oct 30 O Two more girls enquire about the record[10] UK
1961 Nov 08 O Epstein books a ticket to see the Beatles at the Cavern Club, citing an "important visit"[10] UK
1961 Nov 09 PC Epstein and his assistant Alistair Taylor watch the Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club[10] UK
1961 Dec 01 O The Beatles and Epstein travel to London to meet Colin Borland and Beecher Stevens from Decca Records in the hope of negotiating a recording contract[10] UK
1961 Dec 03 O The Beatles and Bob Wooler meet Epstein at his NEMS store[10] UK
1961 Dec 04 O Deutsche Grammophone representatives meet Epstein in Liverpool to discuss the possibility of releasing "My Bonnie" in the UK[10] UK
1961 Dec 06 O The Beatles meet Epstein at his shop again[10] UK
1961 Dec 08 O Epstein contacts Ron White of EMI in the hope of getting the Beatles a record contract[10] UK
1961 Dec 10 O The Beatles and Epstein meet again, this time at the Casbah Coffee Club[10] UK
1961 Dec 13 PC Dick Rowe, head of A&R at Decca, sends Mike Smith to watch the Beatles at the Cavern Club. Smith recommends that Decca set up an audition for the group[10] UK
1961 Dec 18 O Ron White writes to Epstein to inform him that EMI have rejected the Beatles[10] UK
1961 Dec 26 PC The Beatles, wrongly billed as the "Beetles", play at the "Big Beat Ball" at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Merseyside[10] UK
1961 Dec 31 O The Beatles travel to London for an audition with Decca the next day[10] UK


Date T Event L
1960 May 05 B The Quarrymen change their name to the Silver Beetles[5] UK
1960 May 10 PC The Silver Beetles audition for Larry Parnes to support Billy Fury on his next tour. They are unsuccessful, but are offered the chance to support Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland[5] UK
1960 May 14 PC The Silver Beetles play the Lathom Hall, Liverpool[5] UK
1960 May 20 B Sutcliffe plays bass, and Tommy Moore plays drums. The Silver Beetles adopt aliases for the duration of the tour; Lennon becomes Long John, McCartney becomes Paul Ramon, Sutcliffe becomes Stuart de Staël, and Harrison becomes Carl Harrison[5] UK
1960 May 20 PC Johnny Gentle's tour, with the Silver Beetles as his backing band, begins at the Town Hall in Alloa, Scotland.[5] UK
1960 May 21 PC The tour continues at the Rescue Hall in Aberdeen[5] UK
1960 May 21 PC The tour continues to the Northern Meeting Ballroom in Inverness[5] UK
1960 May 23 PC The next date is the Dalrymple Hall in Fraserburgh, Aberdeen[5] UK
1960 May 25 PC The tour continues to St Thomas's Hall, Banffshire[5] UK
1960 May 26 PC The next tour date is the Town Hall in Forres[5] UK
1960 May 27 PC The tour continues at the Regal Ballroom, Nairn[5] UK
1960 May 30 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Jacaranda coffee bar[5] UK
1960 Jun 02 PC The Silver Beetles play the Institute, Neston, Wirral[5] UK
1960 Jun 06 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wirral with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jun 11 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wirral with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jun 13 B Tommy Moore leaves the Silver Beetles[6] UK
1960 Jun 13 PC The Silver Beetles play the Jacaranda again[6] UK
1960 Jun 18 L McCartney's 18th birthday[6] UK
1960 Jun 18 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jun 25 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jul 02 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jul 09 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jul 16 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jul 23 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, with Gerry & the Pacemakers[5] UK
1960 Jul 30 PC The Silver Beetles play at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard with Gerry & the Pacemakers again. Further shows at the venue are cancelled due to complaints by locals about noise pollution[5] UK
1960 Aug 12 B Best is hired as drummer for the Silver Beetles[6] UK
1960 Aug 17 B The Silver Beetles change their name to the Beatles[6] UK
1960 Aug 17 PC The Beatles play at the Indra Club in Hamburg for the first time. They play here for the next 48 days[6] GER
1960 Oct 04 PC The Beatles are moved to the Kaiserkeller after complaints about the noise at the Indra Club. They play here, alongside Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, for the next 58 days[6] GER
1960 Oct 15 S At the Akustic Studio in Hamburg, McCartney, Lennon and Harrison perform on a demonstration tape for Lu Walters of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Hurricanes drummer Starr plays for this session, the first time the final line-up of the Beatles records together. "Summertime" is taped, and possibly "Fever" and "September Song." None of the recordings is known to have survived.[7] GER
1960 Nov 21 O Harrison is deported from Hamburg for being under 18 and lacking a work permit. The Beatles continue without him[6] GER
1960 Dec 01 O McCartney and Best are deported from Hamburg after being accused of arson[6] GER
1960 Dec 10 O Lennon returns from Hamburg[6] GER
1960 Dec 27 PC The Beatles play at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool[6] UK
1960 Dec 31 PC The Beatles give a New Year's Eve performance at the Casbah Club[6] UK


Date T Event L
1957 Mar B Lennon forms a skiffle group called the Black Jacks with Pete Shotton. The band is later renamed the Quarrymen.[1] UK
1957 Jun 09 PA The Quarrymen audition for Carroll Levis's TV Star Search at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, but do not qualify.[1] UK
1957 Jul 06 PC The Quarrymen play at the St Peter's Church garden fête in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon meet for the first time.[3] UK
1957 Jul 20 B McCartney is invited to join the Quarrymen.[3] UK
1957 Aug 07 PC The Quarrymen perform at The Cavern Club for the first time.[3] UK
1957 Oct 18 PC McCartney's first performance with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmore Hall, Liverpool.[3] UK
1958 Feb 06 B Harrison meets the Quarrymen, and is invited to join despite being younger than the others.[3] UK
1958 Jul 09 S The Quarrymen pay 17 quid and 6 pence to record two songs at a local recording studio in Liverpool. They recorded "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and "In Spite of All the Danger" by Harrison and McCartney.[3] UK
1958 Jul 15 L Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, is run over and killed by a speeding car.[3] UK
1959 Mar 25 B Ritchie Starkey is hired as the drummer for "Al Caldwell and his Raving Texans" after being spotted on the "6.5 Special" talent show. Band members adopt western-sounding stage names, and Starkey becomes Ringo Starr. The band will shortly change its name to Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.[4] UK
1959 Aug 29 PC The Quarrymen play at the opening night of the Casbah Club, owned by Best's mother, Mona. The band consists of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Ken Brown, with no drummer.[3] UK
1959 Oct 10 B Ken Brown leaves the Quarrymen.[3] UK
1959 Nov 15 PA As Johnny and the Moondogs, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison reach the final audition stage of Carroll Levis's TV Star Search at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Starr finish 2nd out of 150 acts.[3][4] UK


|- |1948 |May |18 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Olivia Trinidad Arias (later Harrison) is born in Mexico City, Mexico. |style="font-size:x-small;background:#ccc;"|O |}

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|- |1947 |Apr |05 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Barbara Bach (later Starkey) is born in New York City.[2] |style="font-size:x-small;background:black; color: white"|US

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|- |1946 |Aug |04 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Maureen Cox (later Starkey) is born in Liverpool. |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

|- |1946 |Apr |05 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Jane Asher is born in north-west London. |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

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|- |1944 |Mar |17 |style="font-size:x-small;background-color: blue; color: white"|L |align="left"|Pattie Boyd (later Harrison) is born in Taunton, Somerset. |style="font-size:x-small;"|UK

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|style="font-size:x-small;"|UK [1]

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