Today in Beatle History
Mon, February 20th, 2017
Tue, February 20th, 1962  The Beatles perform at Floral Hall, Southport, Lancashire. The evening was billed as a "Rock 'n' Trad Spectacular". Four other groups besides The Beatles perform, including Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, with the "trad" portion being provided by the Chris Hamilton Jazzmen.
Tue, February 20th, 1962  Brian Epstein writes to Bert Kaempfert in Hamburg, requesting that he release The Beatles from their recording contract of May 1961. Kaempfert agrees in his letter dated March 3, 1962, requesting only that The Beatles record for Polydor during their 7-week engagement in Hamburg set to begin on April 13.
Wed, February 20th, 1963  The Beatles perform two songs on the live BBC radio program "Parade of the Pops", a lunchtime radio show. They perform "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me". The Beatles had driven down from Liverpool during the night to London's Playhouse Theatre for this live radio appearance, which lasts about 4 minutes and 10 seconds. Then they face a long 160-mile trip back north, heading towards Yorkshire for their performance that night in Doncaster.
Wed, February 20th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
Sat, February 20th, 1965  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording "That Means a Lot". Two takes were recorded, but the song didn't turn out well. The Beatles would try again on March 30, but it just didn't work out and the song was shelved. It was a pretty rare occurrence for The Beatles to give up on a song, so it is interesting that they did so twice within a period of three days, March 18-20, 1965, with the songs "If You've Got Trouble" and "That Means a Lot". "That Means a Lot" was released on "The Beatles Anthology 2" (Disc one, Track 6).
Mon, February 20th, 1967  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). John had wanted to find an authentic hand-operated steam organ for "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite", but none is available. George Martin and Geoff Emerick take a tape of a calliope playing old Sousa marches, cut it into small sections, throw them into the air, and then reassemble them in random order. The effects are completed, but are not yet overdubbed onto the "Kite" tape-in-progress.