Beatles and Beatle-related events on April 17:
- April 17, 1998: Linda McCartney dies from breast cancer at age 56. Born Linda Eastman, she was known even before she met Paul McCartney to fans of Jan & Dean, whose song “Linda” was written about her. She was a well-known rock photographer when she and Paul met on May 15, 1967 at the Bag O’Nails Club in London. The two met up again a few days later at a party at Brian Epstein’s house for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” They were married on March 12, 1969. She had a daughter, Heather, from a previous marriage, and had three children with McCartney, Mary, Stella and James. She became McCartney’s musical partner in Wings. And though she was criticized for her vocals after an off-key tape surfaced, there’s no doubt Linda was a very vital part of the group as a singer and keyboardist. After her death, Paul put out a Linda solo album called “Wide Prairie.” Besides her photography, Linda is also be known for her animal rights and vegetarian activism, which Paul carries on today. A vegetarian frozen food company in the UK carries her name. She and McCartney were married 29 years.
- April 17, 1961: Top-Ten Club gig continues to July 1.
- April 17, 1962: Star-Club gig continues until May 31.
- April 17, 1963: The Beatles play the Majestic Ballroom in Luton.
- April 17, 1963: The Beatles learn they’ve been added to the NME Pollwinner’s Concert.
- April 17, 1964: Paul McCartney dons cap, glasses, a moustache and overcoat to go furniture shopping, but the disguise reportedly doesn’t fool a bartender.
- April 17, 1964: The Beatles’ film is to be called “A Hard Day’s Night,” it is announced.
- April 17, 1964: The gaming room and night club scenes for “A Hard Day’s Night are filmed.
- April 17, 1966: The basic track for “Doctor Robert” is recorded in seven takes.
- April 17, 1966: Stereo mixes for “”Getting Better,” “She’s Leaving Home,” “When I’m 64” and “Lovely Rita” are done.
- April 17, 1969: Recording session at EMI.
- April 17, 1970: “McCartney” album released in the UK.
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