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February : February.
The Beatles hit #1 for the first time with “Please Please Me,” setting off the tidal wave of Beatlemania that will, by the year’s end, sweep away everything in its path in Britain. Steve, along with millions of other teenagers, is enthralled.
Aged 15, Steven convinces his father to buy him a guitar. The family has a baby grand piano which nobody knows how to play particularly well, but Steven has taken to working out chord structures and melody. His diverse musical interests – particularly folk and rhythm & bluesâ€”transcend Beatle-style rock ‘n’ roll. After a half-hearted stab at forming a group with a couple of buddies, he decides he’d rather play solo.
This year, the Beatles’ record company, EMI, purchases the Princes Theatre and re-names it the Shaftesbury.