Today in Beatle History
Sun, February 1st, 2015
Wed, February 1st, 1961  The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.
Thu, February 1st, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they perform at the Thistle Caf¨, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire. This performance is the first for which Brian Epstein took a commission, although he only takes 10% to cover the cost of petrol, oil, and miscellaneous expenses. The Beatles are paid the substantial (for that time) fee of 18 pounds. The Thistle Caf¨ was a dance instruction hall and caf¨, and for this performance Brian Epstein convinced the proprietor to call it "The Beatle Club". The show was advertised as the "Grand Opening of The Beatle Club", but The Beatles never played there again! Support group: Steve Day & the Drifters.
Fri, February 1st, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and at St. Peter's Church Hall (Maney Hall) in Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. The two venues are eight miles apart.
Sat, February 1st, 1964  "I Want to Hold Your Hand" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).
Sat, February 1st, 1964  The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Mon, February 1st, 1965  US release of 4-song EP "4 by The Beatles" (Capitol). Songs: "Honey Don't", "I'm a Loser", "Mr. Moonlight", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby". 5 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #68.
Wed, February 1st, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording takes 1-9 of the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". It wasn't until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul got the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for the album. The recording session begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 2:30 am.