Today in Beatle History
Fri, January 19th, 2018
Thu, January 19th, 1961  The Beatles perform at Alexandra Hall, Crosby, Liverpool.
Fri, January 19th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they play at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.
Sat, January 19th, 1963  The Beatles perform at Town Hall Ballroom, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Sun, January 19th, 1964  The Beatles perform three shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. A portion of one of the shows is broadcast by French radio station Europe 1, for its program "Musicorama", and includes Beatles songs "From Me to You", "This Boy", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", and "Twist and Shout".
Thu, January 19th, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles begin recording "A Day in the Life". They record four takes, but there is a missing middle section that they aren't sure what to do with, so they mark out the place and timing where the missing segment will go by having Mal Evans count out the bars, one through 24, his voice heavily echoed and backed by a tinkling piano, and with an alarm clock ringing to flag the end of the 'missing' section.
Sun, January 19th, 1969  Pete Best wins a defamation lawsuit that he had filed against The Beatles following remarks Ringo had made in a 1965 interview with "Playboy" magazine.
Fri, January 19th, 1973  The ex-Beatles turn down promoter Bill Sargent's offer of $130 million for The Beatles to reunite for one concert.
Wed, January 19th, 2000  The British Department of the Environment, Transport, and the Regions rejects a request from the Liverpool City Council that the city be permitted to erect road signs promoting Liverpool as the home of The Beatles. The reason given for the disapproval is that such signs would be a hazard for motorists. Liverpool had planned to put up brown and white signs reading "Liverpool - Birthplace of The Beatles" on the M6 motorway. But the department ruled that the signs were to include information about other tourist attractions in the city and that "drivers have just four seconds to assimilate information [from signs]. There is a limit on the number of words allowed. It comes down to safety grounds -- it was too distracting." One Liverpool councillor wondered why such signs are allowed for Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. The Liverpool City Council plans to protest the decision to the Culture Minister.