Today in Beatle History
Fri, August 29th, 2014
Sat, August 29th, 1959  The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman's Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in the spacious cellars of a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best. This is the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men will play here. Originally, the booking was for the Les Stewart Quartet, the group with which George Harrison had been playing. Les Stewart and Ken Brown had gotten into a serious argument and Stewart walked out, swearing he'd never come back. Brown asked George Harrison if he knew of anyone who could step in and save the day. George got in touch with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and The Quarry Men play the club's opening performance, resurrecting The Quarry Men from a brush with disbanding.
Mon, August 29th, 1960  The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
Tue, August 29th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool - a lunchtime show.
Wed, August 29th, 1962  The Beatles perform at Floral Hall Ballroom, Morecambe, Lancashire.
Thu, August 29th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Southport.
Thu, August 29th, 1963  The Beatles filming for a documentary being made to explore the "Mersey Beat" boom. The Beatles are filmed walking on the top deck of a ferry boat and signing autographs. Later, at Speke Airport in south Liverpool, they act out an airplane arrival, descending steps from an airplane.
Sat, August 29th, 1964  The Beatles, on tour in the USA, perform at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, New York. One show in front of 16,000 fans.
Sun, August 29th, 1965  The Beatles, on tour in North America, perform a show at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California. The first of two nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The Beatles' performance is recorded for possible release on record, but technical problems (most especially Paul's microphone going out) render the recordings unusable.
Mon, August 29th, 1966  The Beatles play their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. A crowd of 25,000 is in attendance. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During their final tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their newest album, "Revolver", accentuating the incompatibility between their current musical interests and performing live. As The Beatles fly out of San Francisco, George comments, "Well, that's it, I'm not a Beatle anymore." While that is technically inaccurate, it gives proof to the fact that The Beatles have evolved and are no longer the "Fab Four". The Beatles will go their own separate ways for several months, giving rise to editorials lamenting the demise of The Beatles. However, in late November they will get back into the studio together and forge a new, stunning identity.
Thu, August 29th, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). Overdubbing vocals, handclaps, tambourine, piano, and flugelhorn onto "Dear Prudence".