Friday, February 28, 2014

Today in Beatles History (28 Feb)


1962
A letter is sent by a lawyer on behalf of Brian, to a man of Liverpool who had murmured about Brian's motivations on managing the Beatles, demanding an apollogize and warranty not to repeat the comments.

Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Searchers.

1963
Paul and John compose 'From Me To You' on the artists car going from York to Shrewsbury, during the Helen Shapiro tour.
Concert at the Granada, Shrewsbury (Helen Shapiro tour).

Brian and Dick James officially found Northern Songs Ltd.

1964
UK Polydor single release: 'Why (Can't You Love Me Again)'/'Cry For A Shadow'.

UK single release: 'A World Without Love', 1st by Peter and Gordon.

Number 1 Studio, Piccadilly Theatre, London. 6.30-9.00pm. Recording for BBC's 'From Us To You' (2nd edition): 'From Us To You'; 'You Can't Do That'; 'Roll Over Beethoven'; 'Till There Was You'; 'I Wanna Be Your Man'; 'Please Mister Postman'; 'All My Loving'; 'This Boy'; 'Can't Buy Me Love'; 'From Us To You'.

'With The Beatles' number 1, 13th week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 1, 5th week; 7th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'She Loves You', 6th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Please Please Me', 5th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'I Saw Her Standing There', 4th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

Transmision of ABC-TV's show 'The Big Out' (recorded 23 February 1964).

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.00am. Recording: 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' (rehearsal only). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

1968
Abbey Road. Cilla Black records 'Step Inside Love'.

The Cavern closes.

1969
Ringo starts shooting of 'The Magic Christian'.

Yoko, with John on guitar, records 'AOS', at the Royal Albert Hall.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'For You Blue' (remixes 1-8). Producer: Malcolm Davies; Engineer: Peter Bown; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.

'Live Peace In Toronto', 8th week in the ranking (Billboard).
'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)', 2nd week in the ranking (Billboard).

1972
John's US non-immigrant visa expires. John's immigration lawyer asks for an extension of his 6-month non-immigrant visa.

1992
Moyzes Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislavia. Recording of 'The Beatles Go Baroque', with Peter Breiner and his chamber orchestra. Producer: Leos Komarek; Engineer: Otto Nopp.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today in Beatles History (27 Feb)


Feb 27 - Today in Beatles History

1963
Concert at the Rialto, York (Helen Shapiro tour).

1964
Studio 2. 10.00am-1.00pm. Recording: 'And I Love Her' [re-re-make] (takes 20-21); 'Tell Me Why' (takes 1-8). Studio 2. 2.30-5.30pm. Recording: 'If I Fell' (takes 1-15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.

1965
'Beatles For Sale' number 1, 1st and last week, replacing 'Rolling Stones II' (UK Record Retailer chart).

1967
Brian and Vic Lewis fly to the US, to arrange plans for the Monkees, Cream, the Who, and the Four Tops.

1996
Recording of 'Flaming Pie' in Sussex, England.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today in Beatles History (26 Feb)


1963
Concert at the Odeon, Taunton (Helen Shapiro Tour).

1964
Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00am-1.00pm. Mono mixing: 'You Can't Do That' (remixes 1-4, from take 9); 'Can't Buy Me Love' (from take 4).
Studio 2. 2.30-5.30pm. Recording: 'I Should Have Known Better' [re-make] (takes 4-22).
Studio 2. 7.00-10.00pm. Recording: 'And I Love Her' [re-make] (takes 3-19). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.
Remixes of 'You Can't Do That' and 'Can't Buy Me Love' for the UK and US.

US LP release: 'Jolly What! The Beatles And Frank Ifield On Stage'.

'Please Please Me' LP, 49th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'With The Beatles' number 1, 14th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1965
The 'Jewish Chronicle' informs that Brian has agreed to be the first vice-president of the Finchley (London) Jewish Youth Club.

1967
Performance of Edwin Starr and Garnet Mimms at the Saville Theatre [?].
2nd performance of Chuck Berry at the Saville Theatre.

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 6th week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

1970
US LP release: 'Hey Jude'.

A New York newspaper says that John declared that there is no point in doing the Peace Festival in Toronto, since the money is not being used for peace but for others to have profits.

1973
US single release: 'Death Of Samantha'/'Yang, Yang', by Yoko.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Amazing Race 24 (Leg 01)

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After a shocking start line where Mallory replaced Bopper as Mark’s Kentucky partner, cowboys Jet & Cord won the leg and two Express Passes in Guangzhou, China while twins Natalie & Nadiya were eliminated.

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME - AGAIN

Stepping in perfect formation to the percussive beats of the drums section with brass horns blaring out the Amazing Race theme song, the world famous UCLA marching band greeted eleven of the most memorable all-star teams returning for a chance to rewrite their race history as they ran onto a football field in Southern California. Cowboys Jet & Cord, Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy, and mother and son Margie & Luke all hoped the third time would be the charm. Also hoping for a better result this time included father and son Dave & Connor (Dave tore his Achilles tendon on his last race), country singers Caroline & Jennifer, cousins Leo & Jamal (aka the Afghanimals), YouTube hosts Joey & Meghan, twins Natalie & Nadiya, newlyweds Brendon & Rachel, and the now engaged couple Jessica & John who famously chose not to use their Express Pass and were eliminated because of it. Oy vey.

DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS

At the starting line, those ten teams gasped with shock and concern when Phil made an announcement regarding the eleventh team, Kentucky friends Bopper & Mark. The previous night Bopper had to make an emergency visit with the Race doctor because of a pancreas attack that started the day before he arrived in Los Angeles. As the doctor performed his examination Bopper remained confident he would receive a clean bill of health to race. But the news wasn’t good. With best friend Mark sitting next to him, Bopper listened as Phil and the race doctor told him he was not healthy enough to race. Shocked, Bopper said, “This is devastating to me and my family.” The doctor further explained that Bopper had an inflamed pancreas that could become a problem and even be fatal if the condition worsened. In tears, Mark didn’t believe Phil when he told him there was still some good news in this incredibly sad moment. Because Mark was in good health he could still run the race with a new partner chosen for him. Phil told a still emotional Mark, “You would be doing it for Bopper.” After giving Mark his blessing to keep racing, Bopper added, “I would not ask you to take something from your family.” With tears streaming down his face, Mark told Phil, “I’ll do it, but this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

MALLORY TO THE RESCUE

Back on the starting line, Phil announced a new partner for Mark, someone also from Kentucky: Mallory. The pint sized blonde bundle of energy ran onto the football field as she later commented, “I couldn’t leave Mark on the starting line. We’re gonna make our state proud and Kentucky we got each other’s back.” After a hug between Bopper, Mark, and Mallory, a tearful Bopper gave an equally emotional Mallory his daughter’s bandanna she signed for her dad, telling Mallory, “I want you to wear it for her.” With more hugs goodbye from Brendon & Rachel, Bopper said of the new Team Kentucky, “I couldn’t have put him [Mark] in better hands. I think they’re going to do great.”

BAND ON THE RUN

With the eleven teams now set, Phil revealed their first destination: Guangzhou, China. As always, the team that wins the first leg will receive two Express Passes, one for themselves and one they had to give to another team before the end of the fifth leg. To win seats on the first flight to Guangzhou, teams had to search for the Chinese symbol representing the city hidden on some of UCLA band members’ hat. When they found the symbol, they needed to bring the band member to Phil to receive their ticket on a flight. Then, they would get into a Ford Fusion Energi and drive to LAX where they would plug in the hybrid before catching their flight. With the world waiting for teams once again, Phil signaled the start of the race that sent the 22 racers sprinting onto the football field where the UCLA band marched in formation. After taking a moment to study the Chinese symbol for Guangzhou on the hats of the drum majors for reference, teams ran down the rows and rows of band members who acted as moving targets marching and turning away from the racers in their formation on the field. Cousins Leo & Jamal and cowboys Jet & Cord found the first two band members with the correct symbol and earned tickets on the early flight when they presented them to Phil. Father and son Dave & Connor found the third band member meaning only one set of tickets for the first flight remained. Twins Natalie & Nadiya and engaged couple Jessica & John both found a correct band member within moments of each other, but the twinnies won the race to Phil to snag the last seats on the first flight as Jessica & John settled for the second flight with the other six teams.

NEW TEAM KENTUCKY

While every team had to adjust to being back on the race, Mark & Mallory had the added task of learning how to work together to form a new Team Kentucky. Mallory commented, “It’s really tough traveling anywhere with someone that you don’t know as well…I didn’t even know his last name.” Mark added, “We gotta get to knowing each other’s weaknesses and strengths. Whatever we got to do for Bopper is what we’re gonna do.” Of course, Mark still missed Bopper, but he got some comfort and cheering up from the twinnies and newlyweds Brendon & Rachel at the airport. Mark told the teams, “It’s gonna kill me when we go to China and he’s not there.”

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Landing in Guangzhou, teams had the option of taking a taxi or the metro to the street of wedding dresses which boasts the largest collection of bridal gowns in South China. While Dave & Connor, Natalie & Nadiya, and Leo & Jamal all took taxis, cowboys Jet & Cord played the lone rangers by jumping on the metro alone. The subway decision paid off for the cowboys who arrived in Guangzhou’s wedding district in first place. Now, they had to search among hundreds of dress shops to find one of three stores (The Precious One, Silver Gorgeous, Rich Forest & Beauty) each containing a limited number of clues. Just as the other three teams arrived in the district, the cowboys found a local who directed them into an alley that led to the Silver Gorgeous wedding shop where the owner handed them their clue, a clear plastic bubble. They had to figure out they needed to travel to Canton Tower, the tallest tower in China and home to the world’s highest Ferris wheel. Teams would find their next clue in one of bubbles that circled the rooftop.

A HOT MESS

With father and son Dave & Connor finding Rich Forest & Beauty dress shop in second place, twins Natalie & Nadiya and cousins Leo & Jamal thought joining forces in their search would help but it only made matters worse. The two teams ran around unable to find anyone who could direct them to one of the three stores, and became increasingly less focused as time slipped away. The twins called the Afghanimals “a hot mess, worse than us.” Their frustration and concern only heightened when teams from the second flight began to appear in the wedding district, prompting Nadiya to wonder, “How long have we been running in the streets?” Unbeknownst to the twins and Afghanimals, newlyweds Brendon & Rachel, Team Kentucky Mark & Mallory, Harlem Globetrotters Flight Time & Big Easy and mother and son Margie & Luke all swooped into the district and found a store quickly leaving Jessica & John, Caroline & Jennifer, and Joey & Meghan to battle it out for last place with Natalie & Nadiya and Leo & Jamal. Calling their situation with the Afghanimals “a train wreck” [The two teams walked right past one of the stores at one point], the twinnies decided to ditch them when country singers Caroline & Jennifer wanted to find an English speaking local. Seeing the twinnies and country singers walk away together, Leo & Jamal didn’t even care because they finally found a local who quietly led them straight to Silver Gorgeous wedding dress shop, landing them in seventh place. After briefly connecting with Jessica & John and Joey & Meghan in the hunt for a dress shop, the twinnies once again made the decision to break away with Caroline & Jennifer leading nowhere while the engaged couple and YouTube hosts found the Silver Gorgeous shop. Sensing the situation spinning out of control, Caroline suggested, “I don’t feel like we have a plan. We need help.”

IN A NIGHTMARE

When Caroline & Jennifer and Natalie & Nadiya realized they were the only teams remaining in the wedding district, panic and frustration set in. One twinny exclaimed, “I’m going to take one of these dresses and strangle myself.” A disappointed Caroline added, “It’s over now. I feel like I’m in a nightmare.” Finally, the twins found a man who knew the location of all three shops as Natalie asked, “Where was this guy hours ago?” The local led the two teams to the Silver Gorgeous shop, but all the clues were already gone. The same happened at Rich Forest & Beauty shop. Finally, at the Precious One, the twinnies and country singers finally found their plastic bubble clue and had a lot of ground to make up.

ENJOY THE RIDE

At the Canton Tower, cowboys Jet & Cord took an elevator to the top of the 1,968-foot building and marveled when they walked onto the rooftop where the bubble cars of the ferris wheel slowly circled the circumference. Cord joked, “If you fall from this far, a bubble ain’t gonna save ya.” Figuring their clue would be inside one of the large orange bubble cars, the cowboys chose number 15 and stepped inside. After briefly enjoying a full 360 degree view of the city, Jet noticed a clue attached to the door when it slid closed to begin their ride on the ferris wheel. However, lifting up the clue, it said Try Again. Immediately, the annoyed cowboys realized they would have to slowly circle the entire rooftop before getting out and selecting a different bubble car. A cheery Cord told his brother, “Might as well enjoy the ride, man!” Still with no other teams appearing at the tower, Jet & Cord completed their ride in bubble car 15, exited, and entered the next available one, number 16. This time, when Jet lifted up the clue, he and Cord cheered when they saw instructions to search for their next clue at the stadium on the river below (Xaixinsha Stadium). As they waited for their second ferris wheel ride to end, Jet & Cord were shocked when Margie & Luke and Brendon & Rachel [second flight teams] arrived along with Dave & Connor and Mark & Mallory. Cord exclaimed, “Talk about a flip!” In their bubbles, Brendon & Rachel had an actual clue for the stadium while Margie & Luke, Dave & Connor and Mark & Mallory all had to try again. Trying to lighten the mood, Dave joked, “Our bubble just burst.” Noticing that the teams in bubbles on either side of them didn’t seem to react like they had a clue and remembering Jet & Cord being in bubble 16, Rachel correctly pieced together that teams would only find actual clues in the even numbered bubbles. Exiting the bubble in hot pursuit of the cowboys who departed minutes earlier, Rachel shouted to Brendon, “We can totally win this Express Pass!”

GROWING PAINS

While the Afghanimals luckily selected an even number bubble on their first try, Mark & Mallory, along with Dave & Connor, chose wisely their second try by entering bubbles that had been occupied by teams they knew got their clue. Seeing the Globetrotters (clue on the 1st try), Jessica & John (also got a clue), and Joey & Meghan (try again) all entering bubbles, Mallory became nervous about the race tightening up so she started to question Mark’s logical assessment of which stadium (the only one in eyeshot below them along the river) they needed to travel to for their clue. Mallory insisted, “I just want to make sure to be sure. We gotta second guess it.” Mark replied, “No we don’t. I see it plain as day.” Mark later added that trusting each other’s decisions wouldn’t happen right off the bat until they got to know each other better.

THE WORST DAY

Finally arriving at Canton Tower in last place just behind country singers Caroline & Jennifer, who walked into an even numbered bubble, Nadiya wanted to pause for a moment to make sure no mistakes were made, but Natalie insisted that bubble choice didn’t matter so the twins took the next one available. When Natalie then lifted the clue to see Try Again, Nadiya snapped, “I told you! You’re such a fool…idiot.” The bickering between the twins worsened when Natalie turned the tables accusing Nadiya of not giving her a warning about getting in the bubble. Nadiya fought back, correctly asserting that she questioned how to choose a bubble and wanted to make sure before stepping inside. The twins did agree on one thing: “This is the worst day.”

FLIPPING OUT

Arriving at the awe-inspiring Xaixinsha Stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Asian Games, cowboys Jet & Cord ripped open their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to perform five high-wire flips as they traveled 300 feet to the top of the stadium. After putting on a bright yellow and pink jumpsuit (with fringe on the arms resembling flames) that complemented his red hair, Cord ran to the demonstration and watched a professional spin mere feet off the ground in a harness to understand the task he was about to undertake. Taking an elevator to a platform 300 feet above the ground, Cord joked to the operator, “You guys have something about heights in this town.” While not excited at the prospect of spinning so far above the ground connected only to two thin wires, Cord knew he had no choice if he and Jet wanted to win the Express Passes. After getting raised by the wires above the platform, Cord began to spin as the wires took him even further into the air. By the time the cowboy reached his pinnacle he completed his fifth backward revolution to complete the Roadblock and shouted, “I’m ready to get back down!”

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Retuning back to solid ground, Cord opened up the next clue with Jet instructing the cowboys to find the next Pit Stop on foot at Guangzhou Opera House. With Brendon only starting his spinning in second place, the cowboys easily sprinted to the opera house where they claimed first place and the two Express Passes. While happy to win the Express Pass for his team, Jet voiced some concern about giving the other one away and joked he would tell teams he left the decision up to Cord. Cord quickly replied, “Don’t do that.”

TWINNY TURMOIL

With Brendon & Rachel finishing the day second, Dave & Connor third, and Margie & Luke fourth after fifty-something Margie triumphed at the Roadblock, Natalie & Nadiya watched all the teams leave the Canton Tower rooftop except YouTube hosts Joey & Meghan who correctly chose their second bubble, one that Caroline & Jennifer took before them. Now back at the beginning, the twinnies exited their wrong bubble still unsure of how to find a correct one. They knew the Globetrotters found a clue in bubble 12, but they also suspected all even bubbles had one, but the twinnies didn’t know for sure because they didn’t pay attention when other teams exited their bubbles. Now standing on the platform as bubbles slowly passed them, Nadiya wanted to play it safe until bubble 12 pulled up, but Natalie countered, “Just wait 25 minutes more? We’re gonna be out!” Natalie started to step into bubble 2, but Nadiya hesitated forcing an increasingly frustrated Natalie to step back out, yelling, “You’re an idiot!” When Natalie pointed out that Joey & Meghan were already halfway through their second ride, Nadiya relented and took the risk with Natalie by entering bubble 4. Seeing the clue inside, a vindicated Natalie exclaimed, “We should’ve gone in 2 from the first place,” but Nadiya simply told her to shut up. Finishing the leg in sixth place behind Leo & Jamal and just ahead of Flight Time & Big Easy, Team Kentucky Mark & Mallory clapped at their solid performance together after such a turbulent and emotional beginning. Mark told Phil, “We’re trying our best for Bopper.” Mallory added, “Even though this is hard and we feel like we have other teammates that we can’t let down, it’s still about two people trying to make it around the world. It’s gonna be great.”

ELIMINATION

With Jessica & John and Caroline & Jennifer taking eighth and ninth place, Joey & Meghan arrived at Xaixinsha Stadium just ahead of twins Natalie & Nadiya. As impending elimination loomed just ahead, Joey stepped up to try and keep Team Youtube in the race. Running to get harnessed for his spins atop the stadium, Joey squealed over his costume, “Look I’m a dragon!” His excitement soon turned to panic and terror, gripping the wires as he rose into the air. Starting to make his revolutions just as Natalie rode the elevator to the platform, Joey maintained his composure just enough to finish five turns and descend back to the ground. On the mat in tenth place, he and Meghan cheered wildly at surviving to race another day. Watching Natalie perform the Roadblock, Nadiya graded their performance for the leg by saying, “We just sucked today. We did terrible.” After being eliminated by Phil at the Pit Stop, Natalie told him, “I can’t even look at you.” Nadiya added, “The worst day to have a bad day for us. We’re twins for God’s sake. We can work together so well and today we just tore each other apart. Why can’t we just get it together?”  

2401 ROUTE MARKERS

Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this Roadblock, that person had to perform five high-wire flips as they traveled 300 feet to the top of the stadium. Performed Roadblock: Cord, Brendon, Margie, Connor, Leo, Flight Time, Mallory, Jennifer, John, Joey, Natalie

Order of Finish: 1. Jet & Cord 2. Brendon & Rachel 3. Dave & Connor 4. Margie & Luke 5. Leo & Jamal 6. Mark & Mallory 7. Flight Time & Big Easy 8. Jessica & John 9. Caroline & Jennifer 10. Joey & Meghan 11. Natalie & Nadiya


Source: cbs.com

Today in Beatles History (25 Feb)


1943
George Harrison is born.

1963
US single release: 'Please Please Me'/'Ask Me Why'.

Studio 1 (control room only). 10.00am-1.00pm. Editing: 'Seventeen' (working title of 'I Saw Her Standing There') (of takes 9, 12). Mono mixing: 'Anna (Go To Him)' (from take 3); 'Boys' (from take 1); 'Chains' (from take 1); 'Misery' (from take 16); 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' (from take 8); 'There's A Place' (from take 13); 'Seventeen' (working title of 'I Saw Her Standing There') (from edit of takes 9, 12); 'Twist And Shout' (from take 1); 'A Taste Of Honey' (from take 7). Stereo mixing: 'Anna (Go To Him)' (from take 3); 'Boys' (from take 1); 'Chains' (from take 1); 'Misery' (from take 16); 'Baby It's You' (from take 5); 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' (from take 8); 'There's A Place' (from take 13); 'Seventeen' (working title of 'I Saw Her Standing There') (from edit of takes 9, 12); 'Twist And Shout' (from take 1); 'A Taste Of Honey' (from take 7).
Studio 1 (control room only). 2.30-5.45pm. Editing: 'Please Please Me' (of takes 16, 17, 18). Mono mixing: 'Ask Me Why' (from take 6); 'Misery' (from take 16); 'Baby It's You' (from take 5). Stereo mixing: 'Ask Me Why' (from take 6); 'Please Please Me' (from edit of takes 16-18); 'Love Me Do' (from 11 September 1962 mono remix); 'P.S. I Love You' (from 11 September 1962 mono remix); 'Misery' (from take 16). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: A. B. Lincoln.
Mixing of versions for 'Please Please Me' LP masters.

1964
Studio 2. 10.00am-1.00pm. Recording: 'You Can't Do That' (takes 1-9).
Studio 2. 2.30-5.30pm. Recording: 'And I Love Her' (takes 1-2); 'I Should Have Known Better' (takes 1-3). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.
Start of 'A Hard Day's Night' sessions.

Mail service vehicles get at George's house with cards and presents.

The Beatles Film Production Limited is incorporated, with Brian one of its opening directors.

At his house, Walter Strach throws a birthday party for George. George, angry at seeing the press was invited, attacks the cake and walks out.

1966
Northern Songs Limited buys Sweco Music Corp and Cole & Gole Music, music publishing companies.

George and Pattie return to London from their honeymoon in the Caribbean Islands.

George Martin is demanded by his wife to divorce.

1968
George celebrates his birthday with the Maharishi and his disciples. The Maharishi presents him with a plastic world map.

1969
n Shoe' (takes 1, 2); 'All Things Must Pass' (takes 1, 2); 'Something' (take 1). Producer: not assigned; Engineer and 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.
George solo session. Recording of demos of 'Old Brown Shoe', 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Something'.

1970
De Lane Lea Sound Centre, 75 Dean Street. Ringo tapes 'You Always Hurt The One You Love'.

1972
UK single release: 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish'.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Today in Beatles History (24 Feb)


1961
Performance at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey.

1962
Performance at the Cavern.

1963
Concert at the Coventry Theatre, Coventry (Helen Shapiro tour).

1964
US 'Newsweek' cover story headline: 'eeeeeeeeeeeee... EEEEEEEEEEEEE, EEEEEEEEEEEE!'

1965
Start of 'Help!' shootings in Bahamas.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-1.15am. Recording: 'Lovely Rita' (overdub onto take 9, tape reduction take 9 into takes 10, 11). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

Date planned for meeting of Brian and Nat Weiss.

1969
Trident Studios. Time unknown. Tape copying: 'I Want You' (later known as 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' (of unnumbered Trident master). Producer: not assigned; Engineer: Barry Sheffield; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Security copy of 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'.

Triumph Investment gets control over NEMS.

1982
John is awarded a posthumous Grammy for 'Double Fantasy'.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Today in Beatles History (23 Feb)


1963
'Please Please Me' number 9 (UK Melody Market chart).

Concert at the Mansfield, Granada (Helen Shapiro Tour).

First appearance on ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' (filmed 17 February 1963).

1964
'Newsweek' front page article about the Beatles.

Transmision of a 3rd Ed Sullivan Show performance (recorded 9 February 1964). The Beatles become the first artists performing 3 times for the programme.

Teddington TV Studios. Recording music and comedy sequences for ABC-TV's 'Big Night Out'.

Party thrown by Alma Cogan at her house. The Beatles attend.

1965
Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00am-1.00pm. Stereo mixing: 'Yes It Is' (from take 14); 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' (from take 9); 'If You've Got Trouble' (from take 1); 'Tell Me What You See' (from take 4); 'I Need You' (from take 5); 'Another Girl' (from take 1); 'Ticket To Ride' (from take 2); 'You Like Me Too Much' (from take 8); 'The Night Before' (remix 1, from take 2); 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' (remix 1, from take 3); 'That Means A Lot' (from take 1); 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' (remix 2, from take 3). Producer: not assigned; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Malcolm Davies.

1966
'Rubber Soul' number 1, 12th and last week (UK New Musical Express chart).

Performance of Luciano Berio at the Italian Institute, London. Paul attends with Barry Miles.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.45am. Stereo mixing: 'A Day In The Life' (remixes 10-12, from takes 6-7). Editing: 'A Day In The Life' (of remix stereo 12 and edit piece 9). Recording: 'Lovely Rita' (takes 1-8, tape reduction take 8 into take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

1969
Trident Studios. Time unknown. Editing: 'I Want You' (later known as 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' (unnumbered master, from takes 9, 20 and 32). Producer: Glyn Johns; Engineer: Barry Sheffield; 2nd Engineer: unknown.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Today in Beatles History (22 Feb)


1963
This day's issue of the 'New Musical Express' reports, erroneously, that 'Keep Your Hands Off My Baby' was recorded during sessions for 'Please Please Me' LP.

'Please Please Me' single number 1, 1st week, sharing this position with Frank Ifield's 'The Wayward Wind' (UK 'New Musical Express' chart).

Brian invites the Beatles to a restaurant in Soho to celebrate.

Brian is made an opening director of Northern Songs Limited.

1964
'With The Beatles' number 1, 12th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 1, 4th week; 6th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

'She Loves You', 5th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

'Please Please Me', 4th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

'I Saw Her Standing There', 3rd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

End of stay in Miami. The Beatles leave from Kennedy Airport, USA, to Heathrow Airport, England. Dezo Hoffmann present at the Kennedy Airport.

8.10am. The Beatles arrive in Heathrow Airport, London. 3620 fans crowd the Queen's Building roof, the biggest Beatles reception at this airport.

Informal ceremony, at the NEMS Moorfields office. Brian celebrates Cilla Black's number 1 presenting her with a gold bracelet watch stuffed with diamond chippings. When Cilla returns home, she discovers that Brian has sent her mother the biggest bunch of flowers she has ever seen.

1965
The Beatles and Eleanor Bron fly from London to Bahamas, to begin 'Help!' shootings.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.45am. Recording: 'A Day In The Life' (edit pieces takes 1-9). Mono mixing: 'A Day In The Life' (remixes 6-9, from takes 6, 7). Editing: 'A Day In The Life' (remix mono 9 and edit piece take 9).

Stereo mixing: 'A Day In The Life' (remixes 1-9, from takes 6, 7). Recording: 'Anything' (also known as 'Drum Track (1)') (take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

Recording of final piano chord for 'A Day In The Life'. Remix of 'A Day In The Life' with two 4-track machines in sync.
Visit at the studio: David Crosby, of the Byrds.

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 6th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

Trident Studios. Time unknown. Recording: 'I Want You' (later known as 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)') (takes 1-35). Producer: Glyn Johns; Engineer: Barry Sheffield; 2nd Engineer: unknown.
Start of 'Abbey Road' sessions.

1970
New York premiere: 'The Magic Christian'.

1995
Recoring of 'Young Boy' begins in Idaho, USA.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today in Beatles History (21 Feb)


1964
US single release: 'My Bonnie'.

1966
US single release: 'Nowhere Man'/'What Goes On'.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-12.45am. Recording: 'Fixing A Hole' (take 1, tape reduction take 2 into take 3, overdub onto take 3). Mono mixing: 'Fixing A Hole' (remixes 2-6, from take 3). Editing: 'Fixing A Hole' (of mono remixes 3, 6). Producer: George Martin: Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

1970
'Live Peace In Toronto', 7th week in the ranking (Billboard).
'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' enters the ranking; 1st week in the Top 20 (Billboard).

1975
UK LP release: 'Rock'n'Roll'.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today in Beatles History (20 Feb)


1962
Brian writes to Bert Kaempfert, asking him for Beatles freedom from their contract.

1963
Studio 1. 10.30am-1.00pm. Recording: 'Misery' (overdub takes 12-16); 'Baby It's You' (overdub takes 4-6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Stuart Eltham; 2nd Engineer: Geoff Emerick.
Martin adds piano to 'Misery' and celeste to 'Baby It's You'. 1st Emerick's session.

The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 12.31-1.30pm. Recording and broadcasting of BBC's 'Parade Of The Pops': 'Love Me Do'; 'Please Please Me'.
1st live show for the BBC.

EMI House. Photographic session with Angus Mc Bean for the 'Please Please Me' LP cover. [16 February?]

1965
Studio 2 (control room only). 11.00am-12.00noon. Mono mixing: 'If You've Got Trouble' (from take 1); 'Tell Me What Tou See' (from take 4); 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' (from take 3).
Studio 2. 12.00noon-5.15pm. Recording: 'That Means A Lot' (take 1, tape reduction take 1 into take 2, overdub onto take 2).
Studio 2 (control room only). 5.15-6.00pm. Mono mixing: 'That Means A Lot' (from take 1); 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' (from take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.

1967
Studio 3. 7.00pm-2.15am. Recording: 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (unnumbered take). Mono mixing: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (remix 1, from take 10). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of tape of effects (19 pieces of calliope tapes) for 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!'. The 'Good Morning Good Morning' remix is for demonstration only.

Ringo and Maureen, John and Cynthia attend a Chuck Berry concert.

Brian amid the debris at the Saville Theatre, after yesterday's Chuck Berry concert.

1969
European premiere of 'Candy' at the Odeon Theatre, Kensington, London. Ringo attends.

1970
US single release: 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)'/'Who Has Seen The Wind'.

1976
Judge Griesa gives a 29-page report on the case Lennon/Morris Levy, explaining that a verbal agreement was attempted, which John did not accept.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today in Beatles History (19 Feb)


1963
Evening. Performance at the Cavern.

1964
Brian flies from New York to England.

'Please Please Me' LP, 48th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'With The Beatles' number 1, 13th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1965
Studio 2. 3.30-6.20pm. Recording: 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' (takes 2-3). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.

The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place. Party in honour of the Beatles hosted by Sir Joseph Lockwood.

UK LP release: 'A Hard Day's Night', orchestral LP by George Martin.

1967
Chuck Berry performance at the Saville Theatre. Support acts: Del Shannon, the Canadians, and Hamilton and the Movement. Brian, John and Ringo attend. There's a big trouble at the concert, following Brian's dismissal of the house manager, Michael Bullock.

1968
Ringo, Paul, Maureen and Jane go to India. [18 February?]

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 5th week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

1971
Royal Courts of Justice (Court 16), London. Beginning of Paul's trial against John, George and Ringo to seek the appointment of an official receiver to take over the Beatles' financial affairs and wrest control from Allen Klein.

1987
Taj Majal's concert at the Palimino Club, Hollywood. George, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Jesse Ed Davis join them on stage.

1996
Recording of 'Souvenir' begins in Sussex, England.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today in Beatles History (18 Feb)


1933
Yoko Ono is born in Tokyo.

1964
Photographic session of the Beatles and Cassius Clay.

1965
Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00am-1.00pm. Mono mixing: 'Ticket To Ride' (remix 1, from take 2); 'Another Girl' (from take 1); 'I Need You' (from take 5); 'Yes It Is' (from take 14).

Studio 1. 3.30-5.15pm. Recording: 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' (takes 1-9). Studio 2 (control room only). 5.15-6.00pm. Mono mixing: 'The Night Before' (from take 2); 'You Like Me Too Much' (from take 8).

Studio 2. 6.00-10.30pm. Recording: 'If You've Got Trouble' (take 1); 'Tell Me What You See' (take 1-4). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.

1st use (on 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away') of an outside musician---excepting Andy White---: Johnnie Scott (tenor and alto flutes).

Northern Songs Limited becomes a public company on the London Stock Exchange. 1st song publishing company in this condition.

1968
Ringo, Paul, Maureen and Jane go to India. [19 February?]

1993
Paul's concert in Milano. Start of 'The New World Tour'.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today in Beatles History (17 Feb)


1963
Teddington TV Studios, Teddington Lock, Middlesex. Filming appearance for ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. 1st visit at Teddington TV Studios.

1964
Colonel Parker phones Brian from Hollywood to Miami to congratulate him and the group.

Cilla Black reaches UK number 1 with 'Anyone Who Had A Heart'. From the USA Brian sends her a congratulatory telegram.

1965
Studio 2. 2.00-7.00pm. Recording: 'The Night Before' (takes 1-2). Studio 2. 7.00-11.00pm. Recording: 'You Like Me Too Much' (takes 1-8). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.

1967
UK single release: 'Strawberry Fields Forever'/'Penny Lane'. 3rd double A side.

Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.00am. Recording: 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (takes 1-7, tape reduction take 7 into takes 8, 9, overdub onto take 9). Mono mixing: 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (remix 1, from take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
The mix is taken home by Paul.

1969
Clive Epstein sells Nemperor Holdings to Leonard Richenberg's Triumph Trust.

US LP release: 'Under The Jasmine Tree'.

1972
Evening. British screening of John and Yoko's film protesting the innocence of James Hanratty, in the crypt of the St Martin-In-The-Fields church.

1975
US LP release: 'Rock'n'Roll'. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Today in Beatles History (16 Feb)


1963
'Please Please Me' number 21 (UK Melody Market chart).
'Please Please Me' number 1 [chart?].

London. Recording for 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'.

EMI House. Photographic session with Angus Mc Bean for 'Please Please Me' LP cover. [20 February?]

1964
2nd performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, at the Deauville's Hotel Mau Mau Club, Miami Beach.
1st act performing twice on this programme. Dezo Hoffmann attends. Brian watches the Ed Sullivan Show performance at his hotel room in Miami.
The Beatles have a brief rest in Miami.

1965
Studio 2. 2.30-5.00pm. Recording: 'I Need You' (overdub onto take 5); 'Another Girl' (overdub onto take 1). Studio 2. 5.00-7.00pm. Recording: 'Yes It Is' (takes 1-14). Studio 2. 7.00-10.00pm. Recording: 'Yes It Is' (overdub onto take 14). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott/Jerry Boys.
1st use (in 'I Need You') of foot controlled tone pedal.

EMI Manchester Square, Ground floor studio. Morning: The Beatles receive prizes from Sir Joseph Lockwood, including Japanese dolls, silver and gold discs.

1966
'Rubber Soul' number 1, 11th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

Brian presents 'A Smashing Day' at the New Arts Theatre, London.

1967
Studio 3. 7.00pm-1.45am. Recording: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (overdub onto take 8, tape reduction take 8 into takes 9, 10). Mono mixing: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (remix 1, from take 8). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

Re-transmision of 'Penny Lane'/'Strawberry Fields Forever' clips on BBC-TV's 'Top Of The Pops'.

1968
John, George, Cynthia and Pattie go to Rishikesh. [15 February?]

1970
The 'Beatles Book' ends being published.

1972
John and Yoko share hosting duties on 'The Mike Douglas Show'. Recording of John and Chuck Berry performance.

1973
UK LP release: 'Approximately Infinite Universe', by Yoko.

1984
'Rolling Stone' cover features a picture taken on the 1st part of the 3 June 1963 photographic session at Prospect Studios, London.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Today in Beatles History (15 Feb 2014)


1964
'With The Beatles' number 1, 11th week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 1, 3rd week; 5th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'She Loves You', 4th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Please Please Me', 3rd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'I Saw Her Standing There', 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

10.00-12.00am. BBC's 'Saturday Club' broadcast (recorded 7 January 1964).

1965
US single release: 'Eight Days A Week'/'I Don't Want To Spoil The Party'.

Studio 2. 2.30-5.45pm. Recording: 'Ticket To Ride' (takes 1-2). Studio 2. 7.00-10.30pm. Recording: 'Another Girl' (take 1, and 10 [unnumbered] edit pieces); 'I Need You' (takes 1-5). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott/Jerry Boys.
Start of 'Help!' sessions. A new recording technique is used: i) Rehearsals with tape running, spooling back it to record properly; ii) Making themes in one or two takes, with numerous overdubs on a rythm track.

Brian escorts Cilla Black to the Royal Film Performance.

John passes his drivers test.

1967
Vic Lewis, on behalf of NEMS Enterprises, flies to the US for talks with the Monkees' manager, Bert Schneider, with a view to NEMS Presentation bringing the group over to Britain for concerts.

1968
Studio 3 (control room only). 4.30-6.00pm. Mono mixing: 'Lady Madonna' (remixes 3-10, from take 5). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Martin Benge.

John, George, Cynthia and Pattie go to India. [16 February?]

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 5th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

End of George's stay at the London College University Hospital.

1975
Capitol Records hurries to release the LP 'Rock And Roll' and sues Morris Levy to force him to withdraw the LP 'Roots', which has already sold 3,000 copies, from the market.

1977
US gold certification for 'The Best Of George Harrison'.