TIMELINE: Beatles launch catalogue, game on 09/09/09

Mon Sep 7, 2009 2:44pm EDT
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(Reuters) - In 1962 an unknown pop group from Liverpool recorded their debut single. During the next eight years the Beatles created what is arguably one of the greatest collections of popular music recordings of the 20th century.

The albums have now been digitally remastered and are to be released on September 9. On the same day MTV launches The Beatles: Rock Band, a video game which allows users to pick their favorite member of the group and play along to the music.

Here is a timeline on the Beatles and their long playing releases.

Dec 17, 1960 - First British performance as The Beatles, at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool.

Jan 1, 1962 - They audition for Decca records but are turned down because "groups of guitars are on the way out." Record shop owner Brian Epstein becomes their manager.

June 6, 1962 - First recording session at EMI with George Martin as producer.

October 1962 - "Love Me Do," their first single as The Beatles, enters the British chart and reaches number 17.

January 1963 - "Please Please Me" reaches Number One in four of the five British singles charts, beginning a sequence of 12 consecutive number ones.

Feb 11, 1963 - Recording of their first album, "Please Please Me," is completed in one day.   Continued...