Today in Beatle History
Mon, April 21st, 2014
Fri, April 21st, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Sat, April 21st, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
Sun, April 21st, 1963  The Beatles perform in the afternoon at the New Musical Express "1962-63 Annual Poll Winners' All-Star Concert", a 14-act affair held at Empire Pool, Wembley, Middlesex. This is The Beatles' biggest appearance yet, with an audience of about 10,000. The top group is Cliff Richard & the Shadows. Even though The Beatles had not actually won in the polls, they were picked to appear because of their two recent #1 singles. They perform four songs: "Please Please Me", "From Me to You", "Twist and Shout", and "Long Tall Sally". That evening The Beatles perform again, at the Pigalle Club in London.
Wed, April 21st, 1965  The Beatles continue filming at Twickenham Film Studios for the movie "HELP!" Shooting of the scene in which The Beatles visit the office of Scotland Yard's Superintendent Gluck.
Thu, April 21st, 1966  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles record "Taxman", taping 11 takes of the rhythm track and recording overdubs. By the end of the session, the song is pretty much completed, but additional overdubs and editing will be done as late as June 21. "The Beatles Anthology 2" includes the completed take 11 of "Taxman" (Disc one, Track 20).
Fri, April 21st, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). They decide to record a short section of gibberish and noise to follow "A Day in the Life", in the run-out groove. They record a bunch of assorted noises and voices, Geoff Emerick chops up the tape and randomly re-assembles it and edits it backwards. At John's suggestion, they also insert a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. Both of these additions are omitted from the American album. At long last, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is finished. The total number of hours The Beatles spent in the studio working on the album was added up: 700 hours.