Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fictional BJ and the Affordables perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)

(Sunday Wednesday, July 31, 1963, 8:34 p.m.) — A fictional BJ (Billy Joel) and the Affordables performed “Tell Her About It” tonight on The Ed Sullivan Show. Although the 1983 promotional video indicates July 31, 1963, fell on a Sunday (the real ‘Sullivan’ show having aired on Sundays at 8 p.m. on CBS), July 31, 1963, actually fell on a Wednesday. Also on that date, Joel was in reality a 14 year old living in Hicksville, New York.

The Beatles record four tracks, including ‘All My Loving,’ for new album 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Till There Was You (2011 Mono Remastered) [HiD]'

(Tuesday, July 30, 1963, 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. BST) — The Beatles recorded four tracks for their second album (With The Beatles) this evening at EMI Studio 2 in London, committing “Till There Was You,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “It Won’t Be Long” and “All My Loving” to tape.” Continue reading The Beatles record four tracks, including ‘All My Loving,’ for new album 50 years ago this hour (1963)

The Beatles tape appearance for BBC radio’s ‘Saturday Club 50 years ago this afternoon (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Saturday Club (24th August 1963)'

(Tuesday, July 30, 1963, afternoon BST) — The Beatles taped a fifth appearance on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club this afternoon at Playhouse Theatre in London. They played Long Tall Sally, their forthcoming single She Loves You, Glad All Over, Twist And Shout, You Really Got A Hold On Me and I’ll Get You for broadcast on August 24, 1963, at 10:00 a.m.

The Beatles record ‘Please Mr. Postman’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Audio: 'The Beatles - Please Mister Postman (Demos)'

(Tuesday, July 30, 1963, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. BST) — The Beatles resumed recording their second album (With The Beatles) this morning at EMI Studio 2 in London, committing “Please Mr. Postman” to tape. Continue reading The Beatles record ‘Please Mr. Postman’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York 10 years ago tonight (2003)


Video: 'Colin Hay - Overkill (Ringo Starr All Starr Band, New York 2003)'

(Tuesday, July 29, 2003) — Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, John Waite, Sheila E. and Mark Rivera) performed tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York on the fifth night and fourth stop of his 30-city tour of the Eighth All-Starr Band.


Video: 'Colin Hay - Waiting For My Real Life to Begin (Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, New York, 2003)'


Video: 'All Starr Band 2003 feat. Colin Hay - Here Comes The Sun (Live in New York, 2003)'

President Roosevelt announces ‘first crack in the Axis,’ ends coffee rationing 70 years ago today (1943)


Video: 'Franklin D. Roosevelt's War Progress Report'

(Wednesday, July 28, 1943, 9:30 p.m. EWT; during the Allied invasion of Sicily, part of the Italian Campaign of World War II) — During a speech on the fall of Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt informed the nation that “the first crack in the Axis has come.” He also announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in November 1942.