Today in Beatle History
Fri, June 22nd, 2018
Sat, June 22nd, 1957  The Quarry Men play from the back of a parked coal truck on Rosebery St., Liverpool, during street celebrations marking the 750th anniversary of King John's issuance of a charter for the settling and development of Liverpool. A group of toughs from Hatherley St. threaten to beat up the group, especially "that Lennon", but the Quarry Men beat a hasty retreat when their performance is over, avoiding a fight. Rosebery St. wins newspaper awards for best-decorated street outside of the city center. The Rosebery St. residents celebrate with a second party, but the Quarry Men aren't invited back for a second appearance. [Note: Mark Lewisohn reports this event on June 22, as does Allen Wiener, but Ray Coleman gives the date of May 24.]
Thu, June 22nd, 1961  Several Beatles scholars have set June 22-23, 1961, as the most probable dates for The Beatles' first professional recording sessions, which took place in Hamburg, West Germany, for producer Bert Kaempfert. Four Beatles participated (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best), while Stu Sutcliffe (who was really an ex-Beatle at this point) looked on. Backing Tony Sheridan, they recorded a rock version of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean", later issued as simply "My Bonnie". This song was a popular request at the Top Ten Club from visiting seamen. Other songs recorded with Sheridan: "When the Saints Go Marching In" (released as simply "The Saints"), "Why (Can't You Love Me Again)" (a Tony Sheridan composition), "Nobody's Child", and "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby" (also known as "If You Love Me Baby"). There is debate as to whether this last song was recorded on June 24th. The Beatles also recorded two songs without Sheridan: "Ain't She Sweet" (John Lennon sings lead vocal) and "Cry For a Shadow" (a George Harrison/John Lennon instrumental originally called "Beatle Bop"). When "My Bonnie" was released as a single in Germany in June 1961, it was credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers--the name "Beatles" sounded too much like the German word "peedles" (penis). The single sold 100,000 copies in Germany, according to Bert Kaempfert.
Thu, June 22nd, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Fri, June 22nd, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and then again at night.
Sat, June 22nd, 1963  The Beatles perform at Town Hall Ballroom, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.
Mon, June 22nd, 1964  The Beatles perform two shows at Town Hall in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand. For the first time since joining John, Paul, and George in Melbourne, Ringo is able to sing the song "Boys", the song being added back to The Beatles' performance song-list.
Tue, June 22nd, 1965  The Beatles, on a two-week European tour, perform two shows at the Palais d'Hiver de Lyon, Villeurbanne, Lyon, France.
Wed, June 22nd, 1966  Final mono and stereo mixing for the album "Revolver". Other titles considered for the LP are "Abracadabra", "Magic Circles", and "Beatles on Safari". "Revolver" is released in the UK on August 5, 1966.