Today in Beatle History
Fri, October 31st, 2014
Sat, October 31st, 1959  Quarry Men audition for Carrol Levis show in Liverpool. During this audition period, the band would change its name from "Quarry Men" to "Johnny and the Moondogs" by November 15. On that day, they lose out for the Carrol Levis finals.
Mon, October 31st, 1960  The Beatles perform at the Kaiserkeller Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
Tue, October 31st, 1961  The Beatles perform at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
Thu, October 31st, 1963  A momentous day for The Beatles. They return to London from Sweden. Arriving at Heathrow Airport, they are greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. For the first time, The Beatles themselves realize the extent of their phenomenal popularity and of Beatlemania. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow when The Beatles arrived, and he was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his US television program.
Sat, October 31st, 1964  The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform at the Gaumont Cinema in Ipswich.
Sun, October 31st, 1965  The Beatles' single "Ticket to Ride" enters Polish radio station Rozglosnia Harcerska's charts at no. 16.
Fri, October 31st, 1969  UK release of Beatles single "Something/Come Together" (Apple). 7 weeks on the charts; highest position #4.
Mon, October 31st, 1988  US/worldwide release of Beatles boxed set (LP, CD, and cassette formats) that included the original UK albums (using the new digitally remastered versions on all formats), the "Past Masters" albums, and a paperback book. "Please Please Me", "With the Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night", "Beatles For Sale", "Help!", "Rubber Soul", "Revolver", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Magical Mystery Tour", "The Beatles", "Yellow Submarine", "Abbey Road", "Let It Be", "Past Masters Vol. 1", and "Past Masters Vol. 2".
Mon, October 31st, 1988  UK (and worldwide) release of Beatles box set of LPs, CDs, and cassettes: "The Beatles" (EMI). Issued in a wooden box with a paperback book. Included with each set were the 'Past Masters' albums. Manufactured from the digital CD masters, meaning that the first 4 UK albums were in mono.