Today in Beatle History
Fri, August 1st, 2014
Wed, August 1st, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night.
Thu, August 1st, 1963  The Beatles, at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, record editions nos. 11 and 12 in their radio series "Pop Go the Beatles". For program #11, The Beatles perform "Ooh! My Soul", "Don't Ever Change", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "Anna", and "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues". Their guests are Cyril Davies' Rhythm and Blue All-Stars featuring Long John Baldry. Broadcast on August 27. For program #12, The Beatles perform "Lucille", "From Me to You", "I'll Get You", "Money", "Baby It's You", "There's a Place", "Honey Don't" (with John Lennon singing the lead vocal), and "Roll Over Beethoven". [Note: "Lucille" and "Baby It's You" were omitted from the broadcast tape]. The Beatles guests are Brian Poole & the Tremeloes. Broadcast on September 3. Several of this day's recordings are included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC". From show #11, "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues" (Disc one, Track nine); "Ooh! My Soul" (Disc two, Track 30); and "Don't Ever Change" (Disc two, Track 32). From show #12, "Honey Don't" (Disc two, Track 34).
Thu, August 1st, 1963  A British monthly Beatles fan magazine, "The Beatles Book", publishes its first issue.
Sat, August 1st, 1964  "A Hard Day's Night" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).
Sun, August 1st, 1965  The Beatles perform live on the ABC Television program "Blackpool Night Out", broadcast from the ABC Theatre in Blackpool. They play "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", "Act Naturally", "Ticket to Ride", "Yesterday", and "Help!" During Paul's solo performance of "Yesterday", John and George leave the stage (Ringo stays sitting behind his drum kit while the stage lights go down and a spotlight focuses on Paul). Returning at the song's completion, John announces, "Thank you, Ringo, that was wonderful!" Allen Wiener reports that The Beatles also performed a song called "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside". "The Beatles Anthology 2" includes this night's performances of "I Feel Fine", "Ticket to Ride", "Yesterday", and "Help!" (Disc one, Tracks 9-12). [Note: Mark Lewisohn reports that Ringo left the stage during Paul's performance of "Yesterday", but a close viewing of the "Anthology 4" video proves otherwise. Thanks to Esther Jacobo for catching the discrepancy].
Thu, August 1st, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). Overdubbing bass and vocals for "Hey Jude". Then a 36-piece orchestra overdubs George Martin's arrangement for the song. The musicians are then asked to join in singing the song's refrain (nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, Hey Jude)--most are happy to do so, but one huffs out, sneering, "I'm not going to clap my hands and sing Paul McCartney's bloody song!"
Fri, August 1st, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording John's song "Because" - 23 takes (take 16 being selected as 'best') and the first of three sets of vocals overdubs.
Thu, August 1st, 1991  UK release of Beatles cassette singles set (EMI). The 22 original Beatles UK singles released on cassettes. Beatle will contribute to the finished track. Take 2 of "Mother Nature's Son" is included on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc one, Track 19).
Sun, August 1st, 1999  The August 1999 issue of UK magazine "Q" publishes the results of its readers' poll for the "100 Greatest Stars of the 20th Century". Voted #1 is John Lennon. Paul McCartney is next at #2, with Ringo Starr at #26 and George Harrison at #36.