Monday, March 31, 2014

Today in Beatles History (31 Mar)


1962
1st professional performance in the South of England (Stroud), organized by Jack Fallon.

1963
Concert at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester (end of Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
Beatles records are in 9 of the 10 1st positions of the Canadian charts.

'Meet The Beatles' has sold 3,650,000 copies.

The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 7.00-10.30pm. Recording for BBC's 'Saturday Club': 'Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby'; 'I Call Your Name'; 'I Got A Woman'; 'You Can't Do That'; 'Can't Buy Me Love'; 'Sure To Fall (In Love With You)'; 'Long Tall Sally'.
Only BBC take of 'I Call Your Name'.

Epstein flies with Gerry and the Pacemakers to Australia, to oversee their arrival for a concert tour.

Shooting of the Beatles performing live at the Scala Theatre, for 'A Hard Day's Night'.

1965
Cilla Black flies to New York with Brian.

1966
New York. Epstein and Tatsuji Nagashima arrange the Tokyo concerts, and Brian secures the UK representation of the Japanese company Nagashima directs, Kyodo Kikaku Inc.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.00am. Mono mixing: 'With A Little Help >From My Friends' (remixes 1-15, from take 11). Recording: 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (overdub onto take 9). Mono mixing: 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (remixes 1-7, from take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

5th performance of Fats Domino and his orchestra at the Saville Theatre. Support acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Bee Gees.

1969
George and Pattie appear on Esher and Walton Magistrates' Court, walton-On-Thames, Surrey. Trial for possession of cannabis resin. They plead guilty and are fined 250 pounds each, plus 10 guineas costs.

End of John and Yoko's bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton. John and Yoko leave the Amsterdam Hilton.
Premiere of a TV documentary produced by John and Yoko, with their attendance, in Vienna: 'Rape'. They comment the film in a press conference at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna. The film is broadcast by the Austrian National Network Television.

1978
End of 3rd period of LP 'London Town' sessions at Abbey Road Studios.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Today in Beatles History (30 Mar)


1962
Performance at the Cavern, with The Dallas Jazz Band.

1963
Concert at the Guildhall, Portsmouth (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
10.00am-12.00noon. BBC's 'From Us To You' (2nd edition) broadcast (recorded 28 February 1964).

BBC's television current affairs programme 'Panorama' features a profile of Brian, introduced by Richard Dimbledy. Most of his artists pay tribute to him (the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, Tommy Quickly, Sounds Incorporated, etc.).

Opening of performances at the Empire, Liverpool.

1965
Studio 2. 7.00-10.00pm. Recording: 'That Means A Lot' [re-make] (takes 20-24). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ron Pender/Vic Gann.

Opening of the night-club Scotch Of St James, at 13 Masons Yard, London.

1966
'Rubber Soul', 17th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).

1967
Before the recording session, photographic session for LP 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at Chelsea Manor photographic studios (Studio 4, Chelsea Manor Studios, 1-11 Flood Street, Chelsea, London).
Studio 2. 11.00pm-7.30am. Recording: 'With A Little Help From My Friends' (overdub onto take 11). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

4th performance of Fats Domino and his orchestra at the Saville Theatre. Support acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Bee Gees.

1968
'Lady Madonna' number 1 in Britain.

A clip of 'Lady Madonna' is broadcast on the American TV programme 'Hollywood Palace Show'.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'For You Blue' (unnumbered stereo remix). Producer: Phil Spector; Engineer: Mike Sheady/Eddie Klein; 2nd Engineer: Roger Ferris.

1982
US release of a Beatles medley by Starsound.

1990
Closure of recording studio at 17 St Annes Court, London, formerly Trident Studios.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Today in Beatles History (29 Mar)


1962
Concert at The Odd Spot, with the Mersey Beats.

1963
UK single release: 'Some Other Guy', 1st record of the Big Three.

Performance at the Odeon, Lewisham (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour). Two shows.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-5.45am. Recording: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (unnumbered take, overdub of unnumbered take onto take 11); 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (overdub onto take 9); 'Bad Finger Boogie' (working title of 'With A Little Help From My Friends') (takes 1-10, tape reduction take 10 into take 11, overdub onto take 11). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of few more animal sounds and overdub of all effects for 'Good Morning Good Morning'. Overdub of effects for 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!'.

3rd performance of Fats Domino and his orchestra at the Saville Theatre. Support acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Bee Gees.

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 11th and last week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

1970
Ringo appears on the 'David Frost Show', singing 'Sentimental Journey'.

John and Yoko announce they will have a son in October.

1982
UK LP release: 'Reel Music'.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Today in Beatles History (28 Mar)


1962
Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Remo Four.

1963
Concert at the ABC, Exeter (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).
Partially recorded for today's edition of 'On The Scene'.

5.00-5.29pm. BBC's 'On The Scene' broadcast (recorded 21 March 1963).

1964
'With The Beatles' number 1, 17th week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 2, 11th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'She Loves You' number 1, 2nd and last week; 10th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Please Please Me' number 4, 9th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'I Saw Her Standing There' number 26, 8th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'From Me To You' number 50, 4th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Twist And Shout' number 3, 3rd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Roll Over Beethoven' number 75, 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'We Love You Beatles', by the Carefrees, number 57, 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'A Letter To The Beatles', by the Four Preps, number 86, 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Can't Buy Me Love' number 27, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Do You Want To Know A Secret' number 78, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'All My Loving' number 71, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

Madame Tussauds's wax museum announces the Beatles will be the first pop artists included in it.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-4.45am. Recording: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (overdub onto take 10, tape reduction take 10 into take 11, overdub onto take 11, unnumbered take); 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!' (overdub onto take 9). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Effects assembly for 'Good Morning Good Morning'.
Visit at the studio: Peter Blake.

2nd performance of Fats Domino and his orchestra at the Saville Theatre. Support acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Bee Gees.

1970
'Let It Be' single, 3rd week in the Top 30 (Billboard).
'Live Peace In Toronto', 12th week in the ranking (Billboard).
'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)', 6th and last week in the ranking (Billboard).

1994
LP release: 'Backbeat'. Premiere of 'Backbeat'.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today in Beatles History (27 Mar)


1956
Paul Wickens is born.

1961
The Beatles arrive in Hamburg, for performances in the Top Ten and, later, the Star Club (2nd Hamburg season).

1963
'Please Please Me' LP number 9, 1st week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

Concert at the ABC, Northampton (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
Beatles records are in the 6 first positions of the Australian ranking.

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

1967
A week of Fats Domino performances at the Saville Theatre begins. Support acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Bee Gees. The opening concert is filmed for a US State Department feature.

1968
'Lady Madonna' number 1 (UK Record Retailer chart).

1969
In London, Ringo confirms they will not play before an audience again.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'Dig It' (remix 1); dialogue and miscellaneous pieces (remixes 1-8). Producer: Phil Spector; Engineer: Mike Sheady; 2nd Engineer: Roger Ferris.

UK LP release: 'Sentimental Journey'.

1979
Marriage of Pattie and Eric Clapton.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Today in Beatles History (26 Mar)


1963
Concert at the Granada, Mansfield (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
Shooting of the final concert scenes for 'A Hard Day's Night', at the Scala Theatre, London.

1965
Dick James and Epstein conclude a deal with music publisher Aaron Schroeder to publish in Britain all the songs in Schroeder's catalogue through Jaep Music.

1966
'Nowhere Man' number 3, 1st week (Billboard).

1967
Vic Lewis concludes negotiations for NEMS Enterprises to present the Monkees in concert in Britain.

1968
Paul returns to London.

1969
Abbey Road, Studio unknown. Time unknown. Mono mixing: 'Get Back' (remixes 1-4). Producer: George Martin?; Engineer: Jeff Jarratt; 2nd Engineer: not assigned.
Remix of 'Get Back' for the single.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'The Long And Winding Road' (remix 1): 'Let It Be' (remixes 1-4, from take 30); 'Get Back' (remixes 1-5); 'Maggie Mae' (remixes 1, 2). Editing: 'Let It Be' (of stereo remixes 1-4, called remix stereo 1); 'Get Back' (of stereo remixes 3, 5, called remix stereo 3). Producer: Phil Spector; Engineer: Peter Bown; 2nd Engineer: Roger Ferris.
Mix of 'The Long And Winding Road' for the orchestra.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Today in Beatles History (25 Mar)


1963
The Beatles shoot an 8 mm. film in Liverpool.

1964
'Please Please Me' LP, 53rd week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'With The Beatles' number 1, 18th week (UK New Musical Express chart).
'Can't Buy Me Love' number 1, 1st week in the ranking (UK New Musical Express chart).

Appearance on BBC-TV's 'Top Of The Pops' (filmed 19 March 1964).

1966
Oluf Nissen photographic studio, London. Photographic session with Robert Whitaker. 'Butcher' photographs, and 1966 official handout photos taken. Recording of an interview with Tom Lodge released as a flexi-disc record with the 'Disc And Music Echo').

1967
The Beatles receive 2 Ivor Novello awards, for 'Michelle' (most broadcast song, 1966) and 'Yellow Submarine' (most sold record, 1966).

1969
John and Yoko enter the Amsterdam Hilton. Start of John and Yoko's 4-day bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'For You Blue' (remix 1, remixes 2-8 of edit piece only); 'Teddy Boy' (remixes 1, 2); 'Two Of Us' (remixes 1, 2). Editing: 'For You Blue' (of stereo remixes 1, 5, called remix stereo 1); 'Teddy Boy' (of remix stereo 2). Producer: Phil Spector; Engineer: Peter Bown; 2nd Engineer: Roger Ferris.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today in Beatles History (24 Mar)


1962
Evening: Performance in a dance booked by the Heswall Jazz Club, at the Barnston Women's Institute, Wirral.

1963
Concert at the Empire, Liverpool (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour). Photographer present: Dezo Hoffmann.

1966
World premiere of 'Alfie', at the Plaza Cinema, Haymarket, London. Brian, Cilla and the Beatles attend.

1980
US LP release: 'Rarities'.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Today in Beatles History (23 Mar)


1962
Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers.

1963
Concert at the City Hall, Newcastle (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
'In His Own Write' is published.

US EP release: 'The Beatles' ('Souvenir Of Their Visit To America').
US single release: 'Do You Want To Know A Secret'/'Thank You Girl'.

BBC's 'Frankly Speaking' is broadcast, with Brian's interview recorded on 7 March 1964.

Ceremony at EMI House, London. Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas are presented with silver discs by Sir Joseph Lockwood. Brian attends.
Evening: Empire Rooms, Leicester Square, London. Annual Carl-Alan awards dinner. Brian and the Beatles attend. The Beatles receive two awards from the Duke of Edinburgh. It is announced that they have also won 5 Ivor Novello awards for 1963.
A special award is made to Epstein and Martin for outstanding services to British music.

Beginning of shootings at the Scala Thatre for 'A Hard Day's Night'.

BBC Lime Grove Studios, London. John's appearance on BBC-TV's 'Tonight'. Broadcast live.

1966
'Rubber Soul', 16th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.45am. Recording: 'Getting Better' (overdub onto take 14, tape reduction take 14 into take 15, overdub onto take 15). Mono mixing: 'Getting Better' (remixes 1-3, from take 15). Producer and Engineer: Peter Vince; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.
Re-recording of vocals for 'Getting Better'.

Brian flies to New York to attend the opening night of the Who and Cream in Murray the K's package show at the RKO Theater.

1968
Private screening of 'Around the World In 80 Days', at the Coliseum Cinerama. Ringo attends. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton host the event.
After this, Ringo, Taylor and Burton go to the Dorchester Hotel for a supper party.

1970
Abbey Road, Room 4. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'I've Got A Feeling' (remixes 1, 2); 'Dig A Pony' (remixes 1, 2); 'I've Got A Feeling' (remixes 3-6); 'The One After 909' (remixes 1-3); 'I Me Mine' (remixes 1-3, from take 16); 'Across The Universe' (remixes 1-8, from take 8). Editing: 'I've Got A Feeling' (of stereo remixes 1, 2, called remix stereo 3; of stereo remixes 4, 5, 6, called remix stereo 4); 'I Me Mine' (of stereo remixes 1, 2, 3, called remix stereo 2). Producer: Phil Spector; Engineer: Peter Bown; 2nd Engineer: Roger Ferris.
Mixes of 'I Me Mine' and 'Across The Universe', guides for the orchestra.
Start of work of Phil Spector and on 'Let It Be'.

Studio 3 (control room only). 3.00-7.00pm. Paul and Tony Clark oversee the making of copy master tapes for LP 'McCartney'.

1973
Single release: 'My Love'.

1993
Paul's concert in Paramatta, Sydney ('The New World Tour').

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today in Beatles History (22 Mar)


1963
11.03am. John Dennis Profumo stands up in the British Parliament to lie about his relationship with Christine Keller.

UK LP release: 'Please Please Me' (mono version).
UK single release: 'Misery', with Kenny Lynch. 1st cover of a Beatles song.

Performance at EMI House, Manchester Square, London. Presentation of silver disc for LP 'Please Please Me'.
Photographer present: Dezo Hoffmann.

Performance at the Gaumont, Doncaster.

1964
Private launch party for 'In His Own Write' at 30 Bedfore Square, offices of publisher Jonathan Cope. John attends.

1965
US LP release: 'The Early Beatles'.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-2.15am. Recording: 'Within You Without You' (overdub onto take 1, tape reduction take 1 into take 2). Mono mixing: 'Within You Without You' (remix 1, from take 2). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Studio 1 (control room only). 11.00pm-12.30am. Tape operator Graham Kirkby oversees the playback of 'Sgt Pepper's' titles finished to date, for any Beatle interested.

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 10th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).
'Unfinished Music Number 1---Two Virgins' number 124, its highest position (Billboard).

1971
US single release: 'Power To The People'/'Touch Me'.

1982
US single release: 'Beatles Movie Medley'/'I'm Happy Just to Dance With You'.
US LP release: 'Reel Music'.

1993
Paul's concert in Paramatta, Sydney ('The New World Tour').

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today in Beatles History (21 Mar)


1961
First performance at the Cavern, as support act of the Bluegenes.

1963
Number 1 Studio, Piccadilly Theatre, London. 1.00-2.00pm. Recording for BBC's 'On The Scene': 'Misery'; 'Do You Want To Know A Secret'; 'Please Please Me'.

Concert at the ABC, Croydon (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
'With The Beatles' number 1, 16th week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 2, 10th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'She Loves You' number 1, 1st week; 9th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Please Please Me' number 3, 8th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'I Saw Her Standing There' number 14, 7th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'From Me To You' number 58, 3rd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Twist And Shout' number 7, 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Roll Over Beethoven' number 79, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'We Love You Beatles', by the Carefrees, number 63, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'A Letter To The Beatles', by the Four Preps, number 87, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

1965
Epstein and Lionel Bart end their week end in the south of France.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-2.45am. Recording: 'Getting Better' (tape reduction take 12 into takes 13, 14, overdub onto take 14); 'Lovely Rita' (overdub onto take 11). Mono mixing: 'Lovely Rita' (remixes 1-15, from take 11). Editing: 'Lovely Rita' (of mono remixes 11, 14). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of vocals for 'Getting Better' and piano solo for 'Lovely Rita'.
Ringo does not attend the session. He is called to re-record the drum track, but this is later cancelled. John gets in an LSD trip, is taken to the roof and left alone, and later fetched down by Paul and George.
1st visit of Hunter Davies, authorized biographer.
11.00pm approx. visit of Norman Smith with Pink Floyd, whose 1st LP, 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', he is producing in other sector of Abbey Road the same night.

1969
John and Yoko fly to Amsterdam.

1970
'Let It Be' single, 2nd week in the Top 30 (Billboard).
'Live Peace In Toronto', 11th week in the ranking (Billboard).
'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)', 5th week in the ranking (Billboard).

1985
Yoko dedicates the 'Imagine' mosaic at the Central Park, New York. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today in Beatles History (20 Mar)


1963
Concert at the Ritz, Romford (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
UK single release: 'Can't Buy Me Love'/'You Can't Do That'.

'Can't Buy Me Love' has already sold 2,100,000 copies in advance: world record for sales in advance, and instantaneous gold disc in Britain and the US.

Jack Good flies to London to discuss with Brian the Associated-Rediffusion TV show with the Beatles and Cilla Black. Brian is negotiating to sell the show throughout the world.

Television House, London. Performance for Associated-Rediffusion's 'Ready, Steady, Go!'. Transmitted live.

1965
Epstein and Lionel Bart begin a weekend in the south of France.

'Eight Days A Week' number 1, 2nd and last week (Billboard).

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.30am. Recording: 'Beatle Talk' (take 1); 'She's Leaving Home' (tape reduction take 1 into takes 7-9, tape reduction take 6 into take 10, overdub onto take 9). Mono mixing: 'She's Leaving Home' (remixes 1-6, from take 9). Editing: 'She's Leaving Home' (of remix mono 6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.
Recording of 'Beatle Talk', a spoken fragment for LP 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', not used, and vocals for 'She's Leaving Home'.

US gold certification: 'Penny Lane'/'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

1969
John and Yoko fly to Gibraltar.
Marriage of John and Yoko in Gibraltar.

1972
End of recordings of 'Sometime In New York City' and 'Live Jump'. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today in Beatles History (19 Mar)


1955
Brian is appointed a director of S. E. Gadd Limited, one of two companies controlling the furniture dealing side of the family business.

1963
Concert at the ABC, Cambridge (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
Variety Club luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel. The Beatles attend.

BBC Television Theatre, London. Filming for BBC-TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’.

1965
‘New Musical Express’ asks: ‘When will the clearout of Brian Epstein’s stable begin?’

1966
Seltaeb issues a writ for libel against Brian, NEMS, Geoffrey Ellis and Walter Hofer.

1969
George and Pattie leave the Esher and Walton Magistrates’ Court, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, on Derek Taylor’s surety.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today in Beatles History (18 Mar)


1963
Concert at the ABC, Gloucester (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
'Please Please Me' LP, 52nd week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'With The Beatles' number 1, 17th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1967
John and Yoko purchase two small islands called Dorinch (20 acres) in Clew Bay off County Mayo, Ireland, for 1550 pounds.

1968
US single release: 'Lady Madonna'/'The Inner Light'.

1969
John appears on the cover of the magazine 'Look'.

Thames Embankment, London. Ringo shoots scenes for 'The Magic Christian'. For the lunch break, cast and crew go inside the Star & Garter.

George and Pattie appear on Esher and Walton Magistrates' Court, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

1982
Startling Studios. Rough mixes of titles recorded for 'Old Wave' up to date: 'Alibi'; 'Hopeless'; 'In My Car'; 'Be My Baby'; 'I Keep Forgettin''; 'Love Letters'; 'Picture Show Life'; 'Going Down'; 'Everybody's In A Hurry But Me'. Producer: Jim Nipar.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Today in Beatles History (17 Mar)


1945
Patricia Anne Boyd is born.

1962
Party at the family house in Huyton, thrown by Dolly, mother of Vera and Joan Brown, who has become engaged to Sam Leach. Guests, among others: the Beatles, Brian, Rory Storm, Bob Wooler. Brian pursues Vera all night.

1963
Concert at the Embassy, Peterborough (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
Shooting for 'A Hard Day's Night': Beatles dancing to 'I Wanna Be Your Man' and 'Don't Bother Me', at The Garrison, downstairs area of Les Ambassadeurs, London.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-12.45am. Recording: 'She's Leaving Home' (takes 1-6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of strings for 'She's Leaving Home'. The first woman specially recruited for a Beatles session participates: Sheila Bromberg (harp).

1969
US single release: 'Badge'.

1970
US gold certification: single 'Let It Be'.
US gold certification: 'Live Peace In Toronto 1969'.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Today in Beatles History (16 Mar)


1963
Studio 3A, Broadcasting House, London. 10.00am-12.00noon. Recording and broadcasting live for BBC's 'Saturday Club'. 'I Saw Her Standing There'; 'Misery'; 'Too Much Monkey Business'; ''I'm Talking About You'; 'Please Please Me'; 'The Hippy Hippy Shake'.
Only BBC take of 'I'm Talking About You'.

Concert at the City Hall, Sheffield (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe tour).

1964
US single release: 'Can't Buy Me Love'/'You Can't Do That'.

US gold certification: 'Can't Buy Me Love'/'You Can't Do That'.

1966
'Rubber Soul', 15th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).

1969
John and Yoko fly to Paris.

1972
John interview outside US Immigration building.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Today in Beatles History (15 Mar)


1963
'Please Please Me' single number 1, 4th and last week (UK New Musical Express chart).

Concert at the Colston Hall, Bristol (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
Film from the Washington Coliseum concert is broadcast via cable TV to American movie theaters. (Recorded 11 February 1964).

1965
Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00-11.00am. Mono mixing: 'Ticket To Ride' (remix 2, from take 2). Producer: not assigned; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: unknown.
Mix of 'Ticket To Ride' for United Artists.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-1.30am. Recording: 'Untitled' (working title of 'Within You Without You') (take 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Visit at the studio: Peter Blake.

1968
UK single release: 'Lady Madonna'/'The Inner Light'.

1969
'Yellow Submarine' LP, 9th week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

John and Yoko stand at the Thoresen Passenger Terminal, at Southampton, to board a ferry to France. They cannot board, because of passport problems.

1970
Ringo shoots a 'Sentimental Journey' clip. One location is the Cabaret venue 'The Talk Of The Town', London.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today in Beatles History (14 Mar)


1963
First recording session of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas. Recording: 'Do You Want To Know A Secret'.

Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00am-1.00pm. Editing: 'From Me To You' (of unknown take number). Mono mixing: 'From Me To You' (from edit of unknown take number). Stereo mixing: 'From Me To You' (from edit of unknown take number). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: unknown; 2nd Engineer: unknown.
End of work on 'From Me To You'/'Thank You Girl'.

Gerry Marsden is fined 60 pounds at Uxbridge Magistrates Court for attempting to evade customs duty on a guitar bought in Germany when arriving at London Airport from Hamburg, on 1 December 1962.

Concert at the Gaumont, Wolverhampton (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
'With The Beatles' number 1, 15th week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 1, 7th and last week; 9th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'She Loves You' number 2, 8th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Please Please Me' number 3, 7th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'I Saw Her Standing There' number 15, 6th week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'From Me To You' number 73, 2nd week in the Top 100 (Billboard).
'Twist And Shout' number 55, 1st week in the Top 100 (Billboard).

Film from the Washington Coliseum concert is broadcast via cable TV to American movie theaters. (Recorded 11 February 1964).

Brian returns from Holland to England.

1968
BBC-TV's 'Top Of The Pops' transmits a clip of 'Lady Madonna'.

1970
'Let It Be' enters the ranking as number 6 (new record), 1st week in the Top 30 (Billboard).
'Live Peace In Toronto', 10th week in the ranking (Billboard).
'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' number 1, 1st week; 4th week in the ranking (Billboard).

1982
Startling Studios. Recording basic tracks for LP 'Old Wave'. Producer: Jim Nipar.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today in Beatles History (13 Mar)


1963
Studio 2. 10.00am-1.00pm. Recording: 'Thank You Little Girl' (working title of 'Thank You Girl') (overdub takes 14-28). Editing: 'Thank You Little Girl' (working title of 'Thank You Girl') (of takes 6, 13, 17, 20, 21, 23). Mono mixing: 'Thank You Little Girl' (working title of 'Thank You Girl') (from edit of takes 6, 13, 17, 20, 21, 23). Stereo mixing: 'Thank You Little Girl' (working title of 'Thank You Girl') (from edit of takes 6, 13, 17, 20, 21, 23). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Geoff Emerick.

Concert at the Rialto, York (Chris Montez and Tommy Roe Tour).

1964
Brian flies to the Netherlands to arrange the Beatles visit.

Gatwich Airport South, West Sussex. Shooting for 'A Hard Day's Night'.
10.00am. The Beatles arrive. They change clothes at the Beehive, Room 64.
Shooting of final sequence of the film (running to a helicopter and lifting).
Lunchtime. Crew spreads rumour that there would be no more filming. Most equipment is loaded up and driven away. Few spectators remain.
Afternoon. Shooting 'Can't Buy Me Love' sequence, at launch-pad.
Gatwick railway station. Photographic session with David Hurn for the film, not used.
5.30pm. Beatles and crew leave.

1965
The Beatles, Cynthia, Maureen and Pattie, fly from London to Austria to shoot scenes for 'Eight Arms To Hold You' (working title of 'Help!') at the village of Obertauern (Austrian Alps). While in Obertauern, the Beatles stay at the Hotel Edelweiss.

'Eight Days A Week' number 1, 1st week (Billboard).

1966
Brian presents the first concert by Herp Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in Britain, at the Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith, London. Support acts: the Silkie, and Sounds Incorporated.

1967
Studio 2. 7.00pm-2.30am. Recording: 'Good Morning Good Morning' (overdub onto take 10). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of brasses for 'Good Morning Good Morning'.

Brian flies to Mexico, on vacation.

1969
Compilation and banding of an EP containing the new tracks on 'Yellow Submarine', plus 'Across The Universe'. Never released.

Olympic Sound Studios. Time unknown. Stereo mixing: 'I've Got A Feeling'; 'Dig It' (version 1); 'Dig It' (version 2); 'Maggie Mae'; 'Shake Rattle And Roll'; 'Kansas City'; 'Miss Ann'; 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'; 'Blue Suede Shoes'; 'You Really Got A Hold On Me'. Producer: George Martin?; Engineer: Glyn Johns; 2nd Engineer: unknown.

1970
End of sessions for LP 'Sentimental Journey'.

1976
Jim McCartney dies.

1981
US single release: 'Watching The Wheels'/'Yes I'm Your Angel'.

1990
Paul's concert in Tokyo ('Get Back Tour').