Today in Beatle History
Fri, May 14th, 2021
Sat, May 14th, 1960  The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) perform at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They play a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. The advertised groups appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".
Sun, May 14th, 1961  The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
Mon, May 14th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
Tue, May 14th, 1963  The Beatles perform at the Rink Ballroom, Sunderland, Durham.
Tue, May 14th, 1968  John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear on the US television program "The Tonight Show". The taped appearance is recorded and broadcast on the same day, so the two Beatles had the opportunity to watch themselves on television. The regular host, Johnny Carson, was absent, and baseball player Joe Garagiola was sitting in for him. Garagiola didn't seem to know how to approach the two Beatles, and so it turned out to be rather disappointing. Garagiola even asked John and Paul which one of them was Ringo. Tallulah Bankhead, who had preceded John and Paul on the show, seemed put out by these impertinent young men upstaging her. John would later say that this appearance was one of the most embarrassing of his career. John and Paul earlier in the day had recorded a lengthy television interview with Mitchell Krause for broadcast on the local educational channel. Due to viewer demand, the May 15 broadcast was repeated, probably on May 24.