Today in Beatle History
Sat, April 4th, 2020
Tue, April 4th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Wed, April 4th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and again at night.
Thu, April 4th, 1963  The Beatles, at BBC Paris Studio, London, record a third radio appearance for the BBC program "Side by Side". They had recorded two appearances for this show only three days earlier, and they declined the option to record a fourth show on this day. The standard opening duet of "Side by Side" with the host Karl Denver Trio was not re-recorded; the version recorded previously was re-used. For their third program, The Beatles perform "Too Much Monkey Business", "Love Me Do", "Boys", "I'll Be On My Way", and "From Me to You". The show is broadcast on June 24. The recording of "I'll Be On My Way" is the only studio recording that The Beatles made of this song, a Lennon-McCartney composition that was recorded by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, appearing on the flip side of their "Do You Want to Know a Secret" single (also a Lennon-McCartney song). After the recording session, The Beatles travel to Stowe for a late-afternoon performance. The Beatles' recording of "I'll Be On My Way" is included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC" (Disc one, Track seven).
Thu, April 4th, 1963  The Beatles perform at Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School, Stowe, Buckinghamshire. This appearance is at a boys' public school.
Sat, April 4th, 1964  "Can't Buy Me Love" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard). Beatles singles have held the #1 spot for 10 straight weeks.
Sat, April 4th, 1964  The Beatles hold the top 5 positions on the US singles chart: #1 "Can't Buy Me Love" (Capitol); #2 "Twist and Shout" (Tollie); #3 "She Loves You" (Swan); #4 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Capitol); and #5 "Please Please Me" (VeeJay). The Beatles also have the #1 and #2 albums ("Meet the Beatles" and "Introducing the Beatles"). Beatles singles also occupy positions #31, #41, #46, #58, #65, #68, and #79. The following week, another two songs would enter the Top 100, giving The Beatles a total of 14 songs on the singles chart.
Sun, April 4th, 1965  Release in Sweden of Beatles single "Ticket to Ride/Yes It Is" (Parlophone). Seven weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.
Tue, April 4th, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Final mixing for "Within You Without You". At George Harrison's request, a few seconds of laughter is added to the end of the song, the effects taken from Abbey Road's tape library: 'Volume 6: Applause and Laughter'.
Thu, April 4th, 1968  A promotional film for "Lady Madonna" is broadcast in black and white on UK television, on the BBC1 program "Top of the Pops". The video portion of the film clip was shot while The Beatles were performing the song "Hey Bulldog", but the "Lady Madonna" audio track was paired with the video for the promo release. It won't be until 1999 that the video is broadcast with its original "Hey Bulldog" soundtrack.
Sun, April 4th, 1976  Re-release in Sweden of Beatles LP "Beatles '65" (Odeon).