The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years is an upcoming documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles’ career during their touring years from 1962–1966, from The Beatles at The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.
Beatles, 30 Ocak 1969 tarihinde, Apple binasının çatı katında son konserini verir. Beatles bu konser için herhangi bir izin almamıştır. Get Back şarkısıyla başlanan yine Get Back şarkısıyla bitirilen konser, izinsiz olduğu gerekçesiyle polis zoruyla bitirilmiştir. Bu konser The Beatles tarihinin son konseridir.
Loads of Beatles Documentaries on BBC 6 Music 6 music that you can catch up with
BBC 6Music has broadcast a series of Beatles documentaries this week in honour of the 25th Anniversary of Brian Matthews’ ‘Sounds of the 60’s this week. All should be available to listen to for at least three more weeks and all but the final are one hour long. These have all been broadcast before but are certainly worth a listen! Interseting that most are presented by fellow Liverpudlians. Most contain archive footage of interviews with the Beatles
Beatleland presented by Craig Charles. A look at the Beatles early lives in Liverpool and their continuing influence on the city
Bigger than Jesus- presented by Paul McGann. Documentary about the fall-out from John’s comments in the Evening Standard Interview with Maureen Cleeve in 1966. Some really moving comments from Cynthia Lennon and Maureen Cleeve
A Day In The Life - 30th January 1969: The Beatles’ rooftop concert.
The Beatles, with Billy Preston, give their final live performance on this day atop the Apple building at 3 Savile Row, London.
The 30th of January, 1969 in London is a cold day, and a bitter wind is blowing on the rooftop by midday. To cope with the weather, John Lennon borrows Yoko Ono’s fur coat, and Ringo Starr wears his wife Maureen Starkey’s red mac.
“We went on the roof in order to resolve the live concert idea, because it was much simpler than going anywhere else; also nobody had ever done that, so it would be interesting to see what happened when we started playing up there. It was a nice little social study.
We set up a camera in the Apple reception area, behind a window so nobody could see it, and we filmed people coming in. The police and everybody came in saying, ‘You can’t do that! You’ve got to stop.’” - George Harrison
The show begins around midday. The timing coincides with the lunch hour of many nearby workplaces, which leads to crowds quickly forming. Although few people can see them, crowds gather in the streets below to hear The Beatles play.
They play for about 42 minutes, and roughly half of the performance is included in the movie “Let It Be.” The police arrive, after neighbors complain, and bring The Beatles’ final live performance to a close. The Beatles perform “Get Back” three times (twice to open the performance and a third time to close it). An edit of the first two “Get Back” versions is seen in the movie, along with Paul and John’s ad-libs at the end of the third: Paul sings, “You’ve been playing on the roofs again, and you know your Momma doesn’t like it, she’s gonna have you arrested”; after the song’s close, John quips, “I’d like to say 'thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition!” The Beatles also perform “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “The One After 909,” “Dig a Pony,” a second “I’ve Got a Feeling,” and a second “Don’t Let Me Down.
The 42-minute show is recorded onto two eight-track machines in the basement of Apple, by George Martin, engineer Glyn Johns and tape operator Alan Parsons.
"That was one of the greatest and most exciting days of my life. To see The Beatles playing together and getting an instant feedback from the people around them, five cameras on the roof, cameras across the road, in the road, it was just unbelievable.” - Alan Parsons
“Following their final British concert tour, The Beatles took four months off - an act of commercial suicide for any lesser group in the heady firmament of mid-1960s pop. The expected output of three singles, two albums and a film was no longer a consideration - The Beatles would work at their own pace until they were satisfied with the result. The sessions for what became ‘Revolver’ commenced on April 6. If critics were taken aback and fans caught unawares by the maturity evident in ‘Rubber Soul’, they were in for an even greater shock. The die was cast from the first song recorded - John Lennon’s ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ - which sounded far beyond the realms of ordinary 1966-style pop music with its collage of tape loops, disembodied vocals and lyrics based on ‘The Tibetan Book Of The Dead’. Paul’s ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ and George’s first full-blown Indian experiment, ‘Love You To’ (featuring the sitar Sean O’Mahony is holding) followed. A week after the sessions started, Paul’s ‘Paperback Writer’ was crafted to perfection in the smaller No.3 studio. The lengthy time involved working out ideas for the backing track would mean long chess games for Ringo…” - From ‘Looking Through You’
Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, India, 1995 (Photo: India Today)
“[George, Olivia, Dhani, Ravi, Sukanya and Anoushka] spent 10 days in Jodhpur and Udaipur. Was the occasion graced by the musical talents of the two? Says [Ravi] Shankar: ‘Music is always played. It’s always there. We had a great time.’” - India Today, 31 January 1995
Remembering George Harrison by Ravi Shankar The New York Times, 9 December 2001
“I feel I have been cheated by George. Why did he have to go so soon at such a young age when I really wanted to go first?
In moments like this, it is so hard to express the feeling of emptiness and sadness within. Like a film flashing by, everything comes to my mind since I met him more than 30 years ago. His childlike quality, his shy but naughty little smile, his passion for all the music he loved and the serious quest for religion, particularly the old Vedic Hindu tradition, always amazed me as well as attracted me.
George Harrison and John Lennon backstage at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 5 December 1965 (Photo: Trinity Mirror/Liverpool Daily Post & Echo)
5 December 1965 marked The Beatles’ final Liverpool concert:
“The Beatles’ last Liverpool concert. Forty thousand ticket applications were received for the two ‘houses’, although the Empire could accommodate only 2550 for each.” - The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn
“Police were relieved at how orderly things were outside the Empire while 5,000 teenagers queued for the two houses. Around 40,000 fans had applied for those 5,000 tickets. Inside, 24 St John Brigaders dealt with 17 fainters from the two shows. […] Nevertheless, those who came to enjoy the music were still frustrated - as with everywhere else, all hell broke loose when the curtains opened. When the screaming kicked in and fans jumped off their seats waving programmes, pictures and scarves at their returning heroes, The Beatles battled manfully through the opening number. ‘Can you hear me?’ Paul yelled into the microphone, but his introduction to ‘She’s A Woman’ was drowned by several thousand shrill voices. The Beatles, in their light jackets and dark trousers, battled on, their Vox amps struggling to cut through the din. They played exactly the same set as the previous two nights. Facing a much shorter tour than the earlier marathons, The Beatles seemed to perform with greater enthusiasm and commitment this time around, perhaps intuitively sensing that this might be the last time they would ever play their songs on a Liverpool stage. It also helped that there were plenty of relatives and friends in the Empire audience, among them George’s girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Pattie Boyd and George and Ringo’s parents.” - Beatlemania! The Real Story of The Beatles UK Tours 1963-1965 by Martin Creasy
George Harrison would return to the Empire Theatre stage incognito as part of the Delaney & Bonnie & Friends tour on 6 December 1969.
On this day in 1964, the British band the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the USA. This performance, watched by a record 73 million (around 40% of the American population), began the so-called ‘British Invasion’. On February 7th the Beatles had arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport to a crowd of over 4,000. They were beginning to take off in America, with their hit ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ having risen to number 1 in the charts. At the Ed Sullivan Show, the band performed hits such as ‘All My Loving’ and ‘She Loves You’. The Beatles were already popular in their native Britain, but their success in America forever established them as an internationally famous band. Thus the performance on the Ed Sullivan Show prompted the spread of ‘Beatlemania’ worldwide.
The Beatles’ rooftop concert was their final public performance. On 30 January 1969, the band, with keyboardist Billy Preston, surprised a central London business district with an impromptu concert from the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row. In a 42-minute set, the Beatles played nine takes of five songs before the Metropolitan Police Service forced them to stop. Footage from the performance was later used in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be.
“[Denver] lies about seven thousand feet up, and to get into the airport the aeroplane has to do a fairly steep bank before it lands. George Harrison was not prepared for this, and he was scared out of his wits, alternately praying for deliverance and yelling ‘We’re going to crash!’” - George Martin, All You Need is Ears
“God, you don’t know how close we could have been. Everybody had escapes. I met a guy in about ‘72 or '73, flying out to Los Angeles. I had been in New York. I got on the plane and settled down. The newspapers in the back of the seats all had a front-page story of some other plane crash, so I was trying not to look at that and then a guy from a seat up ahead came up and said: 'Hey, George, remember me. I was the pilot of the Electra that you rented for the Beatle tours, from American Flyers Airlines.’ I said 'Oh yes, how are you doing?’ and he sat by me and said 'you’d never believe that plane we had, with bullet holes, and how close we came…’ I said 'well don’t tell me; tell me when we get to LA.’
So later he told me what had happened. He said that when we had finished the tour, the plane, its tail, it wings were full of bullet holes, and he said: 'these crazy guys…they were at the end of the runway trying to pot us off.’ Jealous boy friends had come down with pistols and rifles trying to kill us.
The owner of the airline was a man called Pigman. He invited us to his ranch in Arkansas and we flew from Dallas in the Electra to an intermediate airport where Pigman met us in a little plane with the one wing, on top, and with one or maybe two engines. It was just so like Buddy Holly, that one, that was probably the closest we came to that sort of musicians’ death. I don’t mean it nearly crashed because it didn’t, but the guy had a little map on his knee, with a light, as we were flying along and he was saying, 'oh, I don’t know where we are’, you know, and it was pitch dark and there are mountains all around and he’s rubbing the windscreen trying to get the mist off and anyway, finally he found where we were and so we landed in a field with tin cans on fire to guide us in.”- George Harrison, I Me Mine
“I remember the brief holiday at the Pigman ranch. We were resting before the Beatles’ final concert of the first great tour, a mistaken endeavour planned for charity for the Paramount Theatre (or Theater) on Broadway, the same Paramount of Benny Goodman and of Frank Sinatra in the nineteen-forties. The Pigmans were good hosts with hundreds of acres and many horses but for the most part we took stay-awake pills and played cards and did ourselves no good. Mr. Pigman died the following year, together with the crew and 100 servicemen flying the same American Flyers Airline turbo-jet we had used which crashed over middle America. Mr. Pigman was the pilot.
George never cared for flying, and in mid-sixties times would avoid it whenever possible. Now that he is more philosophical, he deals with it more comfortably, considering his options carefully, using good private planes with much alacrity and great interest in the machine and its potential; and he limits his time in the air by using Concorde.
Many of his recollections of Beatle days appear to be linked to flying and airports and the miseries thereof now that all the lustre is off air travel. It may be that his desire for real control over his to-and-fro (his passion for driving himself in his own safe if fast cars) compounded by his knowledge of the limitations and variables of powerful machines, make him feel vulnerable. Yet frail Grannies, making their first flight, often on, say, some appalling journey from Inverness, via London and much of Europe and most of Asia to Australia, once over the horrors of modern airports (searches, documentation, Customs and so forth) are quite happy to be hurtling across the sky in a ton of metal at 500 miles an hour eating chicken fashioned out of old face-cloths and watching the worst films ever made.” - Derek Taylor, I Me Mine
A Day In The Life - 21st April 1963: The Beatles perform at the NME Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert.
The Beatles are second on the bill for the New Musical Express 1962-63 Annual Poll-Winners’ All-Star Concert, held at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London. Topping the 14-act bill are Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
The venue is filled with 10,000 people. The Beatles win no awards on this day, as the polling had taken place towards the end of 1962 and they are insufficiently known nationwide, but the NME makes them the penultimate act of the day due to the success of their recent singles.
The Beatles perform four songs: Please Please Me, From Me To You, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally. Afterwards a number of media commentators suggest that they stole the show from the headliners. The Beatles headline the NME Poll-Winners’ concerts in 1964, 1965 and 1966, the last of which is their final UK concert.