Today in Beatle History
Fri, December 9th, 2016
Sat, December 9th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, Hampshire and later at the Blue Gardenia Club, St. Anne's Court, London. The Aldershot date had not been advertised, owing to the local newspaper's refusal to accept the promoter's check, and only 18 customers showed up. After the disappointing experience, The Beatles became rowdy, getting themselves ordered out of town by the local police. Heading to London, The Beatles ended up in a small club managed by an old acquaintance of theirs. The Beatles (minus George, who sat this one out) jumped up on stage and gave an impromptu performance.
Sun, December 9th, 1962  The Beatles perform a night show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. George Martin attends the show to assess the feasibility of recording a live album here.
Mon, December 9th, 1963  The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Southend-on-Sea.
Thu, December 9th, 1965  The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Birmingham.
Fri, December 9th, 1966  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The previous night's edit tape of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is reduced to take 25, and a large number of overdubs are added, including backwards cymbals and swordmandel (an Indian instrument).
Sat, December 9th, 1967  The Beatles' single "Hello Goodbye/I Am the Walrus" reaches #1 in the UK charts.
Tue, December 9th, 1980  The surviving Beatles react with horror to the news that John Lennon has been murdered. Paul McCartney, unable and unwilling to display his feelings to the sensation-seeking press, remarks simply, "It's a drag, isn't it?", leading many people to unfairly accuse him of a flippant response. All of the ex-Beatles contact Yoko to express their grief and sorrow. George Harrison issues a press release expressing his shock and outrage. Ringo Starr and his future wife Barbara Bach go to New York to be with Yoko.