Today in Beatle History
Wed, April 23rd, 2014
Sun, April 23rd, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Mon, April 23rd, 1962  US release of single "My Bonnie/The Saints" (Decca), credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. No chart action.
Mon, April 23rd, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
Mon, April 23rd, 1962  The Beatles in the studio somewhere in Hamburg, backing Tony Sheridan for producer Bert Kaempfert. The exact date of this session is unknown, although it is known to have been between April 23 and April 27. Two songs were recorded, "Sweet Georgia Brown" and (probably) "Swanee River".
Tue, April 23rd, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Floral Ballroom in Southport.
Thu, April 23rd, 1964  A notable day of filming for "A Hard Day's Night". Filming at Thornbury Playing Fields, Isleworth, Middlesex, for the "Can't Buy Me Love" segment. This footage is intermixed with the March 13 footage taken at Gatwick Airport South. The Beatles run about, jumping and skipping and rolling on the ground. John, Paul, and George are also filmed jumping off a ladder, filmed by a cameraman laying on the ground, to give the impression of high-altitude, high-spirited leaping. (Ringo is filmed as if he is about to execute a gargantuan leap, then gives a mini-jump--an unexpectedly clever bit). John Lennon had to leave early to attend a literary luncheon being held in his honor at the Dorchester Hotel. That's why only Paul, George, and Ringo are seen at the very end of the "Can't Buy Me Love" segment, when a groundsman shouts, "I suppose you know this is private property," and George retorts "Sorry we hurt your field, mister."
Fri, April 23rd, 1965  Filming at Twickenham Film Studios for the movie "HELP!" Completion of the unused "drama-school" sequence, begun the previous day.