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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, February 26, 1964

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This long day at Abbey Road began with a three hour mono-mixing session, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, preparing British and US masters of the single "Can't Buy Me Love"/"You Can't Do That". Issued at home on Friday, March 20th and in America the previous Monday, the 16th, its seized upon what was now global Beatlemania and sold in immense quantities, topping the charts everywhere. In the USA, Capitol shifted more than two million copies within a week, the single earning a gold disc on it's day of issue, an unprecedented achievement. In Britain, advance orders alone passed the million mark.

From 2:30 to 5:30 and 7:00 to 10:15 pm, the Beatles turned their attention to re-makes of "I Should Have Known Better" and "And I Love Her", although they ended up leaving this latter title for yet another time and a second to re-make.

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