Today in Beatle History
Sat, April 18th, 2015
Tue, April 18th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Wed, April 18th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
Thu, April 18th, 1963  The Beatles perform at London's Royal Albert Hall for the first time. The occasion is a live concert, performed in front of an audience, for a live BBC radio broadcast. The show, called "Swinging Sound '63", is divided into two halves, with The Beatles appearing in both halves, but only the second half is broadcast on the radio. In the first half, The Beatles perform "Please Please Me" and "Misery". In the second half, they play "Twist and Shout" and "From Me to You", taking the producers by surprise--they had rehearsed the song "Thank You Girl" instead of "Twist and Shout", but substituted the song unannounced. At the end of the show, The Beatles join the other artists in performing a grand finale version of "Mack the Knife". The other artists include Del Shannon, the Springfields, Lance Percival, Rolf Harris, the Vernons Girls, Kenny Lynch, Shane Fenton & the Fentones, and George Melly. After the show, Paul McCartney meets, for the first time, actress and 'teen personality' Jane Asher.
Sat, April 18th, 1964  "Can't Buy Me Love" is the #1 single in the US for the third week in a row.
Sat, April 18th, 1964  In the morning, The Beatles work at Twickenham Film Studios, adding and re-recording bits of dialogue for "A Hard Day's Night". In the afternoon, they rehearse for a television special to be called "Around the Beatles", featuring The Beatles and other musical artists.
Fri, April 18th, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Three and Two, EMI Studios, London). Completion of "Old Brown Shoe". Then George and John go into Studio Two and record guitar overdubs to "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
Sat, April 18th, 1970  The Beatles' single "Let It Be" is #1 in the US charts for the second straight week.