Today in Beatle History
Sat, July 30th, 2016
Sat, July 30th, 1960  The Silver Beatles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey. The violence, noise, and general destruction that accompany the Saturday night sessions here leads nearby residents to complain, and the ballroom will be closed to beat groups for nearly five months. The Silver Beatles, meanwhile, begin searching desperately for a drummer, because their opportunity to play in Hamburg, West Germany, will evaporate if they are unable to complete their instrument line-up.
Sun, July 30th, 1961  The Beatles perform at Blair Hall, Walton, Liverpool.
Mon, July 30th, 1962  The Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, then travel to Bootle to appear at St. John's Hall, which is re-named the Blue Penguin Club on rock show nights.
Tue, July 30th, 1963  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London), recording songs for their second album. Because they have two radio appearances to record during the afternoon (see separate entry), The Beatles work on their album songs in the morning (10:00 am-1:30 pm) and then again through the evening (5:00 pm-11:00 pm). During the morning session, The Beatles record nine takes of "Please Mr. Postman" and 10 takes of "It Won't Be Long". In the evening session, George Martin records his piano overdub for "Money" (which had been recorded by The Beatles on July 18), then The Beatles tape 5 more takes of "Till There Was You" (adding to the takes from July 18), 8 takes of "Roll Over Beethoven", 13 more takes of "It Won't Be Long", and 13 takes of "All My Loving".
Tue, July 30th, 1963  The Beatles tape an interview for the BBC radio program "Non Stop Pop", for its "Pop Chat" segment. Recorded at London's Playhouse Theatre. Broadcast on August 30.
Tue, July 30th, 1963  The Beatles, at the Playhouse Theatre in London, record six songs for the BBC radio program "Saturday Club". The songs: "Long Tall Sally", "She Loves You", "Glad All Over", "Twist and Shout", "You Really Got a Hold On Me", and "I'll Get You". Broadcast on August 24, with the last three songs being included in the portion of the program that is broadcast overseas. One track from this session is included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC"--"You Really Got a Hold On Me" (Disc one, Track 23).
Tue, July 30th, 1968  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Continuing work on "Hey Jude", going through take 23 and a reduction mixdown into take 25. But these recordings are more in the way of rehearsals, for The Beatles have booked sessions at Trident Studios to record the official version. During this session, The Beatles are filmed for segments in a short documentary about the various forms of British music (titled "Music!"). The footage is aired in the USA on Feb.22, 1970, on the NBC-TV special "Experiment in Television".
Wed, July 30th, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Two and Three, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for "Come Together", "Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window", "You Never Give Me Your Money", and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight". Then The Beatles begin to assemble the "medley" that will make up side two of the album. Paul tells tape operator John Kurlander to discard "Her Majesty", but Kurlander can't bring himself to do so, tacking it onto the end of the medley tape, about 20 seconds after the end of "The End". The next day, when acetate discs are cut from the tape, "Her Majesty" is included. Hearing it like this, Paul likes it and decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.
Fri, July 30th, 1976  UK release of double LP "The Beatles Tapes" (Polydor). First release of interviews recorded by David Wigg for BBC radio's "Scene and Heard" program (1969-73).