Today in Beatle History
Sun, April 26th, 2015
Wed, April 26th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Thu, April 26th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
Fri, April 26th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury.
Sun, April 26th, 1964  The Beatles perform at the Empire Pool, Wembley, for their first live appearance in Britain in 15 weeks. This is for the "New Musical Express" 1963-64 Poll-Winners All-Star Concert. The Beatles perform "She Loves You", "You Can't Do That", "Twist and Shout", "Long Tall Sally", and "Can't Buy Me Love". They receive their poll-winners awards from actor Roger Moore (who would replace Sean Connery as James Bond). The concert is taped by ABC Television and is broadcast, under the title "Big Beat '64", on May 10 and again on November 8.
Tue, April 26th, 1966  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). They work for over 12 straight hours on "And Your Bird Can Sing". Eleven more takes of the basic rhythm track are recorded, with take ten being selected as 'best' for overdubs. The ending of take six was the best, so it was blended into the master track.
Wed, April 26th, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Overdubs are recorded for the song "Magical Mystery Tour". Bass, maracas, cowbell, tambourines, and backing vocals/shouts are taped.
Sat, April 26th, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording a lead vocal overdub onto "Oh! Darling", followed by 32 takes of the basic track for Ringo's "Octopus's Garden". They worked without a producer. Prior to this session, John had remixed recordings of his and Yoko's heartbeats and the two of them shouting each other's names (the track "John and Yoko" on John and Yoko's "Wedding Album") into stereo. Take 2 of "Octopus's Garden" (with an ending bit from Take 8) was released on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc two, Track 14).
Thu, April 26th, 1984  A statue of The Beatles created by John Doubleday is dedicated by Mike McCartney (Paul's brother), on Mathew Street near the location of the old Cavern Club in Liverpool. The statue is to be the centerpiece of a $12.5 million shopping complex.