(Reuters Life!) - 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.
November 1963 - “With The Beatles” becomes first million-selling album in Britain.
Feb 7-22, 1964 - The Beatles tour United States for the first time, break TV viewing records on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
July 6, 1964 - Debut film “A Hard Day’s Night” premiered. The soundtrack album of the same name was issued on August 10 and reached number 1. The album contained 13 new songs some of which were not included in the film.
December 4, 1964 - The fourth album, “Beatles For Sale,” is released topping the charts immediately.
June 12, 1965 - Queen Elizabeth awards the four the MBE (Member of the British Empire). John returns his in 1969, partly in protest at British support for United States in the Vietnam War.
July 29, 1965 - The second Beatles film, “Help!,” premieres. The album was released on August 6 in Britain.
Dec 3, 1965 - The Beatles start their final British tour. The last live concert in Britain takes place on May 1, 1966. Final concert of all is in San Francisco on August 29, 1966.
December 3, 1965 - “Rubber Soul” is released and sees the group departing from their rock and roll roots for the first time.
Aug 1966 - The “Revolver” album is released.
June 1, 1967 - “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is released and was British number one for 27 weeks. It becomes the highest selling British album of all time. It was one of the most innovative albums of its time and sounded like a continuous show.
Aug 27, 1967 - Epstein is found dead.
November 27, 1967 - Magical Mystery Tour is released in the U.S. as an album and days later as two Extended Play records in Britain. The television film was first shown on December 26, 1967 and also starred Scottish actor and poet Ivor Cutler.
Jan 22, 1968 - Apple Corp, a record company founded by the Beatles, opens offices in London.
Feb 1968 - The group flies to India to meditate with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. As divisions appear, for the first time the group works separately on tracks for The White Album.
Oct 1968 - Premiere of animated film “Yellow Submarine.” The album was released in January 1969.
January 1969 - Documentary “Let it Be” is filmed. Intended as account of Beatles’ “rebirth,” it chronicles their demise.
May 26-June 2, 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold “bed-in” protest at Amsterdam hotel and record “Give Peace a Chance.”
July/Aug 1969 - “Abbey Road” album recorded - the first recorded solely in stereo. Traffic outside studio was stopped for the cover photo of the group on a pedestrian crossing. The final mix on August 20 was the last day all four were together in a recording studio. It is released on September 26.
April 1970 - Final studio session for a Beatles record — but with only Ringo Starr there. No formal announcement is made, but news that the Beatles are no more appears on April 10. The thirteenth and last album “Let it be” is released on May 8 and the film was premiered in London on May 20.
Sources: Reuters/www.beatles.com/Beatles Encyclopedia
Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit