1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
1969 – The Beatles record “The Ballad of John and Yoko” at Abbey Road.
2003 – Yoko Ono announces she will bring a musical based on the life and songs of John Lennon to Broadway. Bizarrely, 12 actors will play different aspects of the late Beatle’s personality.
2003 – Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agrees to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2001 – Yoko Ono visits the Beatle’s hometown of Liverpool, England, to attend a ceremony announcing the renaming of the Liverpool Airport as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in honor of her late husband.
1999 – Frederic Seaman, a former assistant to John Lennon, is sued by Yoko Ono and Capitol Records over personal effects of the late artist. The suit claims that Seaman launched “an elaborate scheme” to “exploit Lennon’s Deaths by stealing priceless personal and sentimental items.”
1998 – The Beatles and Yoko Ono win their suit against a label that was going to release a live album of the group performing at Hamburg’s Star Club in the early ’60s. The group is awarded custody of the original tape, as well as damages and legal costs.
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]
1990 – A tribute concert to John Lennon organized by his widow Yoko Ono draws less than one-third of the expected 45,000 fans in Liverpool, England.
1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalog rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney.
1984 – Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened.
1980 – Photographer Annie Leibovitz shoots John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Dakota apartment in New York.