It was 1963. In January, The Beatles tour with Helen Shapiro. In February they create Northern Songs which will cause significant problems later and cause Lennon-McCartney to lose ownership of their original opus. March: Please, Please Me is number one. April: Julian Lennon is born. May: tour with Roy Orbison. May: The Beatles get their own BBC radio show. June: Paul's 21st. August: Last gig (number 274) at The Cavern. October: first foreign tour to Sweden. December: The tImes newspaper says Lennon and McCartney are 'the outstanding English composers of 1963'.
Meanwhile: Kilby defects to USSR; Britain tries to get into the common market; Great Train Robbery; Martin Luther King: I have a Dream.
"What puzzled us was why we'd thought of a name like 'From Me To You'. ... Then I realised-we'd got the inspiration from reading a copy [of the NME] on the coach. Paul and I had been talking about one of the letters in the 'From You To Us' column." John Lennon, Anthology.