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Today, it’s an interesting Beatles coincidence, and we’ll take a moment to remember a 1960′s behind-the-scenes legend!

5/30/1964 – (50 years ago today) John, Paul, George and Ringo hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Love Me Do”, making it their fourth No. 1 in just five months! However, the American version was the take with Andy White on drums (per producer George Martin, Ringo was relegated to just tambourine). The British single was the recording on which Ringo did, in fact, play the drums!

 

5/30/1968 – Four years later, to the very day, The Beatles started sessions for what would become known as “The White Album”. Think about how far they had come along, developing their craft, in a mere four years! First track recorded: John‘s “Revolution”. The real name of the double-LP-set was, simply, “The Beatles”, as they had grown somewhat weary of “fancy, meaningful” album titles at this point. It was also the first Beatles album release on their own Apple record label. The video quality coming up here is somewhat diminished, but the performance is a must-see killerama!

 

5/30/2003 – (11 years ago today) Record producer Mickie Most passed away aged 64. In the late ’50′s, he had some success with the outfits The Most Brothers and Mickie Most and the Playboys. His real mark was made, though, as a producer on some of the biggest hits of the original British Invasion era, including classics by The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Lulu, The Yardbirds and the first Jeff Beck solo releases! Later on, Mickie ran his own record label in the ’70′s, scoring hits with Hot Chocolate and Suzi Quatro. Here’s some nifty Donovan psychedelia from 1968:

 

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