50 years ago today, The Beatles scored their 16th No.1 hit on the UK singles chart with Get Back. The credit for the song went to ‘The Beatles with Billy Preston’, the first single for the group that credited any other artist. Preston played electric piano, invited by Harrison partly to deter bickering among the band. The album version of the song ends with Lennon famously quipping “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition,” taken from the January 1969 rooftop concert version recorded atop the Apple Studios building. Lennon called it “a better version of Lady Madonna”. HEAR the remastered version… (1969)

The US release of Get Back was also the first recorded in stereo, along with the b-side, Don’t Let Me Down, featuring Starr’s drum kit in true stereo, mixed across the left and right channels… “Get Back, Loretta!”

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • On Shakespeare‘s 33rd birthday, an acclaimed honor was bestowed on the young playwright when Queen Elizabeth I attended the Globe theater to see his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)
  • After graduating from the Law College of Howard University (Phi Beta Kappa), the first black woman lawyer in the United States, Charlotte E. Ray, was admitted to the Washington, DC bar association (1872)
  • Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league baseball home runs (1954)
  • The Rolling Stones‘ album Sticky Fingers was released (1971)
  • The Ramones released their debut album. which included the well-known track, Blitzkrieg Bop, igniting the punk rock era from Queens, NYC. (1976)
  • Eritreans voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a UN-monitored referendum (1993)
  • The French National Assembly voted 331-225 to approve marriage equality, making France the 14th country to legalize gay marriage (2013)

And, on this day 14 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Entitled ‘Me at the zoo‘, the short clip was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim, a programmer, who partnered with two of his former PayPal co-workers, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, to create the company. Just 19 months later, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. (2005)

The Beatles in 1960 – YouTube

On this day in 1995, a man from Liverpool found a reel-to-reel tape in his attic that contained some of the earliest recordings of The Beatles ever made. It was 1959 and the 16 songs included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded, along with Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions, discovered by Peter Hodgson, had been made on a recorder that Hodgson’s father had lent to Paul McCartney.

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