Today in Beatle History
Mon, June 26th, 2017
Mon, June 26th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Wed, June 26th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Afterwards, in their hotel room, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write the song "She Loves You", which will be chosen for the A-side of the next Beatles single.
Fri, June 26th, 1964  US release of Beatles soundtrack LP "A Hard Day's Night" (United Artists). Songs: "A Hard Day's Night", "Tell Me Why", "I'll Cry Instead", "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You", "I Should Have Known Better", "If I Fell", "And I Love Her", and "Can't Buy Me Love". Also includes instrumental music from the movie (directed by George Martin). Although the album is released in both stereo and mono, the Beatles tracks are in mono on both versions; only the instrumental tracks are issued in stereo/mono versions. On the album cover the title to "I'll Cry Instead" is incorrectly printed as "I Cry Instead", but the song title is correct on the record label. 51 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.
Fri, June 26th, 1964  The Beatles, continuing on their world tour, perform two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin had been rather tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed on board the aircraft.
Sun, June 26th, 1966  The Beatles' train travels to Hamburg, from where The Beatles last departed on January 1, 1963. Their train is met by a lot of faces from the past, Astrid Kirchherr and Bert Kaempfert two of the most memorable. Later, The Beatles play two shows at Ernst Merck Hall, Hamburg, West Germany. Around midnight, John and Paul take a walk through the Reeperbahn.
Mon, June 26th, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Ringo records a drum roll that is added to the start of "All You Need Is Love", then the song is mixed for immediate release as a single (the flip side to be "Baby You're a Rich Man"). The single will be issued in the UK eleven days later, on July 7. The quantity and quality of The Beatles' recorded output during 1967 is rather remarkable: "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" (single), "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (album), and now "All You Need is Love/Baby You're a Rich Man" (single). Before the year is out, The Beatles will release even more material.
Wed, June 26th, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Rehearsal and recording of "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey". This night's tapes will all be wiped and the recording begun again the next night.