Today in Beatle History
Thu, July 2nd, 2020
Sat, July 2nd, 1960  The Silver Beetles perform at Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey. Johnny Gentle, having heard that his old tour backing band was playing, arrives unannounced, and he joins the Silver Beetles on stage to sing a few numbers.
Mon, July 2nd, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens.
Tue, July 2nd, 1963  Having contracted for 11 more radio programs of the series "Pop Go the Beatles", The Beatles go to Studio 5 of Maida Vale Studios in London to tape program #5 (there were 4 previous editions of the program). They record a cover version of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)", which was a rip-off of Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's song "My Baby Left Me". Other songs recorded for the program were "There's a Place", Chuck Berry's "Carol", Arthur Alexander's "Soldier of Love", Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb", and the Jodimars' "Clarabella". Three additional songs were recorded but omitted from the broadcast tape, The Coasters' "Three Cool Cats", Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", and The Beatles' own "Ask Me Why". The Beatles guests for this program were Duffy Power & the Graham Bond Quartet. Broadcast on July 16. Several recordings from this day are included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC": "That's All Right (Mama)", "Carol", "Soldier of Love", and "Clarabella" (Disc one, Tracks 15-19). "Lend Me Your Comb" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 1" (Disc 1, Track 27).
Thu, July 2nd, 1964  The Beatles arrive at London Airport, returning from their first world tour. Tired of the screaming fans, of being pushed in several different directions at once, of being introduced to an endless stream of local dignitaries, and of answering the same questions again and again at press conference after press conference, The Beatles were mightily glad to be back home.
Fri, July 2nd, 1965  The Beatles, on a short tour in Europe, play a concert in a bullring, the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain.
Sat, July 2nd, 1966  The Beatles perform two shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Tue, July 2nd, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording Ringo's lead and backing vocals for "Good Night".
Wed, July 2nd, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Paul records "Her Majesty". Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" (the two songs recorded as one continuous piece). For the basic rhythm track, Paul contributes piano and guide vocal, George plays bass, and Ringo plays drums. John is absent, still in the hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a serious auto accident the previous day.