Today in Beatle History
Sun, January 26th, 2020
Thu, January 26th, 1961  The Beatles perform at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
Fri, January 26th, 1962  The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club twice -- at lunchtime and then again at night. They perform a third show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.
Sat, January 26th, 1963  The Beatles perform two shows. The first is at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana & the Jets. Then The Beatles travel 21 miles to their next engagement, at King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. While waiting backstage at Stoke, John Lennon and Paul McCartney begin composing the song "Misery", with the intention of donating the song to Helen Shapiro, who they are to meet the following week. Later, on stage, The Beatles perform, for the one and only time, the current hit by the Rooftop Singers, "Walk Right In".
Sun, January 26th, 1964  The Beatles perform two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
Sun, January 26th, 1969  The Beatles in the recording studio (Apple Studios, London). Recording the final version of "Dig It", which turns out to be 12 mins 25 secs long, only 50 seconds of which will be used on the "Let It Be" album. Then The Beatles play an extended rock 'n' roll medley: "Rip It Up", "Shake Rattle and Roll", "Kansas City", "Miss Ann", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Blue Suede Shoes", and "You Really Got a Hold On Me". This is followed by a version of "Tracks of My Tears" (mostly instrumental). Also recording "The Long and Winding Road" and a George Harrison demo for an untitled song which would end up on his "All Things Must Pass" album as "Isn't it a Pity". A medley of "Rip it Up", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", and "Blue Suede Shoes" was released on "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Disc two, Track 7). Also on "Anthology 3" is "The Long and Winding Road" as it sounded before Phil Spector's orchestration was overdubbed (Disc 2, Track 8).
Mon, January 26th, 1976  The Beatles' nine-year contract with EMI expires. Paul McCartney remains with EMI, George Harrison moves to A&M, Ringo Starr signs with Atlantic (in the US) and Polydor (everywhere else). John Lennon does not sign a new contract.