A look at some Beatles and Beatles-related events in the past on March 22:
- March 22, 1963: The Beatles’ first album, “Please Please Me,” is released in the UK in both mono (PMC 1202) and stereo (PCS 3042). The track list: Side 1, “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Misery,” “Anna (Go To Him)”, “Chains,” “Boys,” “Ask Me Why,” “Please Please Me”; Side 2, “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” “A Taste of Honey,” “There’s a Place,” “Twist and Shout.”
- March 22, 1965: Two years to the day after the release of “Please Please Me,” “The Early Beatles,” basically “Please Please Me” missing a few songs, is released by Capitol Records in the U.S. Tracks: Side 1, “Love Me Do,” “Twist and Shout,” “Anna (Go To Him),” “Chains,” “Boys,” “Ask Me Why”; Side 2, “Please Please Me,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Baby It’s You,” “A Taste of Honey,” “Do You Want To Know a Secret.” The cover photo was shot by Robert Freeman in Hyde Park for “Beatles For Sale.”
Other events on March 22:
March 22, 1961: The Beatles play a lunchtime gig at the Cavern.
March 22, 1962: The Beatles play an evening gig at the Cavern with Peggy & the New York Twisters.
- March 22, 1963: The Beatles play the Gaumont Cinema in Dorchester as part of the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour.
- March 22, 1964: The Beatles interview each other on the “The Public Ear” on the “BBC Light Programme.”
- March 22, 1965: The Beatles return to London from Austria.
- March 22, 1967: The Beatles continue to work on “Sgt. Pepper” with dilruba and swordmandel overdubs done on “Within You Without You.”
- March 22, 1970: In a French magazine interview, John Lennon reveals the Beatles smoked marijuana in Buckingham Palace before receiving their MBEs in October, 1965.
- March 22, 1989: George Harrison and Ringo Starr, along with Jeff Lynne, join Tom Petty to shoot a video for Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.” (see the full video at left)
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