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Please Please Me
by The Beatles
This is the one. The one that really started it all in the UK. Music business overlords entrenched firmly in London (and equally dismissive capital city music fans who thumbed their noses to the North) were forced to sit up and take notice when 'EMI' directed George Martin to guide the careers of what would soon become The Fab Four via the niche imprint 'Parlophone'. Not only did he boost the boys' careers into the stratosphere, he hoisted up the 'Parlophone' name alongside them (it had previously been merely a comedy/novelty sidewater - quite a few of which tracks had actually been produced by Martin himself).

"Love Me Do", in its stop-start stuttering way across the two years of 1962 and 1963, had laid the groundwork for success by 'The Beatles' in the UK. (Astoundingly, it proved to be a surefire No. 1 in the US on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts there, but rose no further than No. 17 in the UK listings during that period.)

Whereas "Love Me Do" was the boys with straitjackets on, through the more adventurous studio work of "Please Please Me" they were "let off the leash", and started to develop their very engaging (and indeed female provocative) vocal whoops and tics.

'The Beatles':
:: George Harrison nicknamed his 120-room Friar Park mansion near London "Crackerbox Palace". The 66-acre property had first been owned by the lawyer Sir Frank Crisp between 1889 and 1919. After buying the estate in 1970, he quickly penned "The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPESpC9sR5M ), which appeared on his 1970 solo album "All Things Must Pass". ...
:: As a child, Paul McCartney flunked two choir boy auditions (he claimed that he did this deliberately because he didn't want to become a choir boy. Surprising then that he did eventually become a choir boy.....). ...
:: Ringo Starr was a rather sickly child, having to deal with illness after illness. (He once fell into a coma after appendicitis left him with a raging infection, at the age of 6 - he later lost another year recovering from tuberculosis when he was 13.) Throughout his life he suffered from a host of allergies, saying once in an interview: "I'm highly allergic to onions and garlic and spices. I've never had a pizza, never had a curry." (In 1995, he appeared in a "Pizza Hut" commercial!).

In #1963 :
:: The C&A department store at Damrak in Amsterdam, Netherlands, burned down completely on February 16th. The alarm had been raised by two passing boys who spotted flames, but little sympathy was forthcoming from the local community after the disaster, as the building had largely been described as "an assault on Amsterdam's inner city" when it was completed in 1893 (purely due to its outsized difference in style compared to existing adjoining architecture). ...
:: The Buddhist crisis in Vietnam throughout 1963 had precipitated the downfall and assassination of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. It began with the shooting of nine civilians in Hue who were protesting the ban on the Buddhist flag. In a fatal protest on June 11th 1963, a monk of the faith, Thich Quang Duc, sat down at a busy Saigon intersection, doused himself in petrol and set himself alight. He did not utter a sound as he died. ...
:: A "hotline" communication link between the US Pentagon in Washington and the Russian Kremlin in Moscow was installed on August 30th this year. Although popularly known as the "red telephone", no actual phones were ever used - peace relied instead on messages by first 'Teletype' equipment, then 'fax' machines and most recently secure email.

US: No. 3 - UK: No. 2
1963 - Parlophone - United Kingdom - Blocked in 173 Countries
Posted: 12th November 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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