Today in Beatle History
Thu, February 11th, 2016
Sat, February 11th, 1961  The Beatles perform at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool, and at The Cassanova Club, Liverpool.
Sun, February 11th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.
Mon, February 11th, 1963  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). During 585 minutes of studio time, The Beatles complete ten songs for their first album. While it was not unusual then for groups to record an album in a single day, it was unusual for one of this quality to be produced, especially one with so many original songs. On top of that, John Lennon was not well, suffering from a bad cold which affected his singing voice. However, liberal supplies of tea, milk, cigarettes, and Zubes "Soothing and Comforting" cough drops kept him going. The recordings: 13 takes of "There's a Place", 12 takes of "Seventeen" (later renamed "I Saw Her Standing There"), 7 takes of "A Taste of Honey", 8 takes of "Do You Want to Know a Secret", 11 takes of "Misery", 3 takes of "Anna (Go To Him)", 1 take of "Boys", 4 takes of "Chains", 3 takes of "Baby It's You", and two takes of "Twist and Shout" (the first take recorded was the one used on the album). The Beatles also recorded 13 takes of "Hold Me Tight", but were unhappy with the results and put it aside (it will be re-recorded later, on September 12, 1963, and included on The Beatles' second album, "With the Beatles"). The four songs from The Beatles' first two singles make up the balance of the album, "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "Please Please Me", and "Ask Me Why". The album, "Please Please Me", was released on the Parlophone label on March 22, 1963, and it was the #1 LP in the UK for 30 weeks, until it was replaced at the top by "With the Beatles". Released in the US as "Introducing the Beatles" (only 12 songs) on the VeeJay label, the album was on the charts for 49 weeks and made it up to #2, held out of the #1 spot by Capitol Records' "Meet the Beatles" (the US LP that is more or less equivalent with "With the Beatles").
Tue, February 11th, 1964  The Beatles travel from New York to Washington, D.C. by train, during a blizzard, for their first concert in the United States. That night The Beatles perform for 8,092 fans at the Washington Coliseum. They perform "Roll Over Beethoven", "From Me to You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Please Please Me", "Till There Was You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Twist and Shout", and "Long Tall Sally". The support acts were Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons. The stage setting was definitely weird. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they faced a different part of the surrounding audience at each change. George had problems with two microphones, and the whole thing was a bit ludicrous, but The Beatles were marvelous sports about it all. The concert was filmed and later transmitted as a closed-circuit broadcast to theaters in March, the film omitting the closing number "Long Tall Sally". After their performance at the Coliseum, The Beatles visit the British Embassy, a thoroughly unpleasant experience. They are insulted and shoved around by the diplomats and their wives, one of the women sneaking up behind Ringo and cutting off a lock of his hair.
Sun, February 11th, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Hey Bulldog". This song is given over for the "Yellow Submarine" animated film project, in place of the uncompleted "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)". The song will appear in British prints of the film, but not originally in the US version. Beatlephiles in the US will not see the "Hey Bulldog" film sequence until it is re-inserted into the film during the 1999 remastering of the movie. While recording "Hey Bulldog", The Beatles are filmed at work for the making of a promotional video. Although The Beatles were filmed performing "Hey Bulldog", the video portion will be used for a film clip of "Lady Madonna", featuring that song's audio track. It won't be until 1999 that the video is shown with its original "Hey Bulldog" soundtrack.