50 years ago on June 6th, 1962, The Beatles made their first historic visit to Abbey Road Studios (then called EMI Studios) to create a commercial test as newly signed EMI artists. The group, with Pete Best on drums, recorded three originals (Love Me Do, P.S. I Love You, Ask Me Why) and one cover from their stage set (Besame Mucho). The group worked for musician's union rates. Pete Best was dismissed from the band on August 16th, before the band returned for a second recording session.
Eight years of brilliant Beatles music and cultural influence followed. In the fall of 1970, Paul McCartney flew to NYC to record one of his most interesting solo albums, RAM. In celebration of The Beatles 50th and of the new release of the remastered RAM, author and Beatles scholar Bruce Spizer is having a sale on his book, The Beatles Solo on Apple Records. Normally listed for $50, this excellent reference book is now $25. Sale ends on midnight June 12th. Spizer's books command hundreds of dollars on the collector's market once they go out of print, so take advantage of this great discount while you can. More at Bruce Spizer's website. You can find Beatles books, CDs, and films (including the remastered Yellow Submarine- released today!) in Spy Vibe's secure Amazon Store.