This is an important week in the history of the Beatles! February 7, 1964 is when they first landed on U.S. soil at JFK airport in New York.
February 9 is when they first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and then on February 11 they played their first-ever U.S. concert here in D.C. at the Washington Coliseum! Do you know anyone who was at that show?
I love the poster above where they call the Coliseum the 'Washington Sports Arena.'
And, at this time 50 years ago, the Beatles were holed up in the studio recording the Sgt. Pepper album. On this day, Feb. 8, 1967, they were recording 'Good Morning, Good Morning.'
Quick trivia question for you:
John Lennon later said that the song 'Good Morning, Good Morning' was inspired by a British ad for which product?
a) Quaker Oats
b) Pop Tarts
c) Kellogg's Corn Flakes
The answer is at the bottom of this blog post.
Here's some interesting facts about that song:
The Beatles: "Good Morning, Good Morning"
The Hook: The last note was one of those happy accidents that seemed to happen repeatedly during the recording of Sgt. Pepper.
Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Stats: There were no singles released from Sgt. Pepper's at the time of its release, so this is strictly an album track.
Background: The Beatles late producer George Martin spoke to us about how many happy accidents occurred during the making of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of those was the final note of "Good Morning, Good Morning" as it segued into the reprise of the title track.
“We had the sound of the boys tuning up their guitars beforehand and I happened to notice that the noise of a guitar sounded just like a chicken squawk that came in at the end of a sound effect. So in fact it wasn’t anything brilliant, it was just that I happened to notice those two things did sound quite like each other and by razor splicing them together the chicken turned into a guitar. That was just the kind of thing that Pepper did to me rather than I did to Pepper.”
Some dates this week in Beatles history:
February 11, 1963 – The Beatles recorded ten new tracks at Abbey Road for their first album “Please Please Me.”
February 9, 1964 – The band appeared live on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73 million people across the US tuned in. They even received a telegram of congratulations from Elvis Presley.
February 11, 1964 – The Beatles played their first US concert venue in front of 8,000 fans at the Washington Coliseum in DC.
February 11, 1965 – Ringo Starr married his long-time girlfriend Maureen Cox.
February 13, 1967 – “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” were released in the US on Capitol 5810.
February 11, 1968 – The band shot promotional film for “Lady Madonna” just before they left for India to study Transcendental Meditation.
February 9, 1972 – Paul’s band, Wings, began a your of England, starting with an unannounced appearance at Nottingham University.
February 8, 1974 – Ringo released “You’re Sixteen”/Devil Woman” in the UK.
February 11, 1977 – George released “True Love”/”Pure Smokey” in the UK.
February 8, 1983 – At the BPI Awards, the British Phonographic Industry’s pop music awards, Paul was awarded Best British Male Solo Artist and the Beatles were awarded Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Answer to trivia question: C - Kellogg's corn flakes