Today in Beatle History
Sun, August 19th, 2018
Fri, August 19th, 1960  The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.
Sat, August 19th, 1961  The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.
Sun, August 19th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at night, their first appearance at the Cavern with Ringo as drummer. A fight breaks out with fans of Pete Best as The Beatles enter the club, and George Harrison gets a black eye.
Mon, August 19th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth. The first of six nights, two shows per night, at this location. 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).
Mon, August 19th, 1963  Photographer Robert Freeman shoots the half-shadow Beatles photo that will become the album cover for their second LP, "With the Beatles" (and also the cover for the American LP "Meet the Beatles). Freeman takes the photo at The Beatles' hotel in Bournemouth, the Palace Court. The exact date is not known for certain, but it is one of the six days of The Beatles' engagement at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth (August 19-24). 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).
Wed, August 19th, 1964  The Beatles open their tour of the USA with a performance at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, for a crowd of 17,130. They perform the 12 songs which make up their repertoire for the entire tour: "Twist and Shout", "You Can't Do That", "All My Loving", "She Loves You", "Things We Said Today", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Can't Buy Me Love", "If I Fell", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Boys", "A Hard Day's Night", and "Long Tall Sally". There will be some variation in song selection or order, but not much. What was the difference anyway, when no one, not even The Beatles themselves, could hear the music? The supporting acts are the Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, the Righteous Brothers, and Jackie DeShannon.
Thu, August 19th, 1965  The Beatles, touring North America, perform two shows at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas. The Beatles earn $85,000 for the two performances, each with an audience of 12,000. Beatlemania was":at possibly its most acute level yet witnessed" (Lewisohn).
Fri, August 19th, 1966  The Beatles, touring America for the last time, perform two shows at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee. An anonymous phone caller threatens that one or all of The Beatles will be assassinated during one of their performances. Midway through the second show, someone in the audience throws a lighted firecracker onto the stage, and it explodes, causing The Beatles a moment of alarm.
Sat, August 19th, 1967  "All You Need Is Love" becomes the #1 single in the US (Billboard).
Tue, August 19th, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). A synthesizer overdub for "Here Comes the Sun" is recorded.