Today in Beatle History
Sun, January 22nd, 2017
Mon, January 22nd, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. Their usual two-hour show is cut to one hour as an experiment, with an admission price of one shilling (5 pence). That night The Beatles perform at the Kingsway Club, Southport, Lancashire. The Kingsway booking showed that Brian Epstein was intent on getting The Beatles into respectable clubs (places with a real stage, curtains, and dressing-rooms) instead of the seedy, violent "jive halls" they'd played in before. He also wasn't above exaggerating The Beatles' accomplishments, making much ado of their recording career (which at this point consisted of their single with Tony Sheridan, "My Bonnie").
Tue, January 22nd, 1963  On this day The Beatles are especially busy, recording two radio programs and appearing live on a third. First The Beatles go to BBC Paris Studio, London, for the live radio broadcast (see separate entry). Following that, they move to the Playhouse Theatre, London, to tape a radio appearance on the top pop radio program "Saturday Club". The Beatles record five songs for the broadcast, "Some Other Guy", "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", and "Beautiful Dreamer". The program is broadcast on January 26. The second half-hour of the show is broadcast overseas to Australia, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the Mediterranean, and southeast Asia, that portion of the program including the songs "Some Other Guy" and "Love Me Do". After taping that show, The Beatles go back to the BBC Paris Studio to record an appearance on the radio program "The Talent Spot". They perform "Please Please Me", "Ask Me Why", and "Some Other Guy" before a live audience for the taping. The show is broadcast on January 29. A song recorded for "Saturday Club" is included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC"--"Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" (Disc one, Track 6).
Tue, January 22nd, 1963  The Beatles, at BBC Paris Studio in London, appear live on the BBC radio program "Pop Inn". The Beatles chat live with the show's host, and their new single "Please Please Me" is played. One of the other guests appearing on the program is Jon Pertwee, who will go on to play the third incarnation of 'The Doctor' in the popular sci-fi series "Doctor Who". After the live broadcast, The Beatles spend the rest of the day taping two additional radio appearances (see separate entry).
Wed, January 22nd, 1964  The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Mon, January 22nd, 1968  The Beatles open offices at 95 Wigmore St., London, to house Apple and its subsidiaries. It will soon become a haven for crackpots such as "Magic Alex".
Wed, January 22nd, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Apple Studios, London). Moving from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios, the Beatles begin recording the "Get Back" LP. Billy Preston is pulled into the studio when George Harrison sees him in the reception area at 3 Savile Row (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard's backing group). The Beatles are determined to leave the studio effects and overdubs behind and record an album "live", flaws and all. Their intent becomes muddied when The Beatles find themselves doing take after take of "live" tracks in order to obtain one without flaws. The whole thing is pretty disorganized, and George Martin's role in the project is unclear. Glyn Johns is engineer and uncredited producer. However, twice Johns will compile a "Get Back" LP master for The Beatles, and twice they will reject it. The tapes will eventually be given to Phil Spector to make an album out of. The Beatles work on songs rather randomly. On this day they run through "All I Want Is You" (later named "I Dig a Pony"), "I've Got a Feeling", "Don't Let Me Down", an instrumental named "Rocker", "Bathroom Window" (later named "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window), and covers of other artists' songs. Billy Preston first appears playing electric piano as The Beatles work out the chord structure for "Bathroom Window" (which will end up on "Abbey Road"). Recordings from this day of "I've Got a Feeling", "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window", and "Dig a Pony" were released on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc two, Tracks 1-3).
Fri, January 22nd, 1982  UK release of Beatles LP "Rare Beatles" (Phoenix). Another reissue of tracks from the Star-Club tape of Dec. 31, 1962.