Today in Beatle History
Sat, August 17th, 2019
Wed, August 17th, 1960  The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany. The Beatles begin their first Hamburg engagement, the first of 48 nights at the seedy Indra Club, which was frequented by prostitutes and their clients, most in various states of inebriation. The owner, Bruno Koschmider, urges The Beatles to "Mach Shau", or really put on a show, and John Lennon complies by screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage. The others followed his example, sometimes playing lying on the floor. Lennon once appears wearing only his underwear and, on another occasion, wearing a toilet seat around his neck. It works--The Beatles begin to draw in larger crowds, and their musical abilities are sharpened by their arduous schedule: four and one-half hours on weeknights and six hours on weekends. To keep up their energy and to compensate for insufficient sleep, all of The Beatles, except for Pete Best, start using stimulant drugs. The audiences, who know little English, applaud as John Lennon shouts out "Sieg Heil" and calls them "fucking Nazis". The Beatles lodge in a single room behind the screen of a nearby moviehouse. Beatle will contribute to the finished track. Take 2 of "Mother Nature's Son" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc one, Track 19).
Thu, August 17th, 1961  The Beatles perform at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool. For this performance The Beatles add bass guitar player Johnny Gustafson (bassist with The Big Three, who were also on the bill), leaving Paul McCartney without a guitar and free to cavort around the stage and even venture into the audience, singing into a microphone like a solo singer.
Thu, August 17th, 1961  The first Beatles fan letters are printed in "Mersey Beat".
Fri, August 17th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, and at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. With Ringo Starr not due to arrive until the following day, The Beatles again call upon The Big Three's drummer Johnny Hutchinson to sit in as drummer for one more night, which he does. His own group, The Big Three, also have a booking that night, and they are forced to find a replacement drummer themselves. Beatle will contribute to the finished track. Take 2 of "Mother Nature's Son" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc one, Track 19).
Sat, August 17th, 1963  The Beatles perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Llandudno, Caernarvonshire. This is the last night of a six-night stand. Beatle will contribute to the finished track. Take 2 of "Mother Nature's Son" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc one, Track 19).
Tue, August 17th, 1965  The Beatles, on a tour of North America, perform two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada. The attendance for each show is 18,000.
Wed, August 17th, 1966  The Beatles, veering into Canada during their final tour of America, perform two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada.