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On this day in 1965, The Beatles released their single “Ticket to Ride” on Capitol Records in the United States. The label stated at the time the song was from an upcoming movie Eight Arms to Hold You. The movie was later and now known at Help! The Beatles recorded that song earlier two months prior and in 2004 the song was ranked at #394 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
A few short years later, another English band made history on this day. In 1968, Pink Floyd released their fourth UK single “It Would Be So Nice.” The track was written by Richard Wright and then had Roger Waters’ “Julia Dream” on the B-side. At the time the band was touring in Europe, playing their second night at the legendary Piper Club in Rome.
Fast-forwarding to 1980, R.E.M. was playing their first gig on this night as R.E.M. Having previously gone under a different moniker, the band made their debut at the 11:11 Koffee Club to 150 people. That night, police officers shut it down at 2am because the venue was technically unlicensed.