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Today in Beatles History: September 19

Posted by **Stephen** on Sep 19, 2017 at 9:08:04 PM:

1934 - Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, is born.

1959 - The Quarry Men perform at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

1960 - The Beatles perform at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.

1961 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a lunchtime show.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at night.

1967 - The Beatles, who had neglected to book a stage at Shepperton Film Studios in advance, are unable to find any sound stage for the completion of filming for "Magical Mystery Tour". They book West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent, to serve as their filming location. This site was used by the United States Army Air Force during World War II as a base for American warplanes. The base features 32 concrete blast walls that were built to protect American planes from enemy bomb blasts. The Beatles will film here for six days, staying in a nearby hotel at night. Interior scenes are shot in an enormous, empty hangar: the "Magician's Laboratory", the "Aunt Jessie's Dream" sequence (where a grinning John Lennon heaps piles of spaghetti onto the table while Buster Bloodvessel attempts to console the distraught Jessie), George's "Blue Jay Way" sequence (where he 'plays' a chalked keyboard), and the "Your Mother Should Know" ballroom finale. The one interior sequence shot elsewhere on the site was the "Army Recruiting Office" bit, which stars Paul as Major McCartney and Victor Spinetti (who'd been in both "A Hard Day's Night" and "HELP!") as the Recruiting Sergeant. Exterior scenes shot over the six days of filming include the fabulous "I Am the Walrus" sequence.

1968 - A promotional video of The Beatles performing "Revolution" is broadcast on UK television, on the BBC1 program "Top of the Pops".

1968 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios Two/One, EMI Studios, London). Recording "Piggies". The Beatles move from Studio Two to Studio One to take advantage of a harpsichord that had been set up for a classical music recording session the following morning. George Harrison asks Chris Thomas to play the harpsichord, since Thomas had studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and Thomas does so. During the session, George plays for Thomas a new song of his, "Something". Originally George intended to offer the song to Jackie Lomax, but he instead ended up giving Joe Cocker first use of it (and helped Cocker to record it). However, The Beatles' own version of "Something", recorded after Cocker's recording of it, would be released two months ahead of Cocker's much-delayed record.

1976 - Wings performs a concert in Vienna, Austria.

1988 - US release of John Lennon single "Jealous Guy/Give Peace a Chance". The A-side had not been previously released on a single. Tie-in to the film/LP "Imagine: John Lennon".

1996 - The handwritten lyrics to John Lennon's song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" are sold at Sotheby's auction in London for 66,400 pounds ($103,500). Written in 1967 by Lennon, the lyrics (copied from a 19th century circus poster) go for more than twice the pre-auction estimate. The sale exceeds the 1993 auction price of 45,400 pounds ($70,000) paid for Lennon's lyrics to "I Am the Walrus". The record paid for handwritten Beatle lyrics is the 161,000 pounds ($250,000) paid for Paul McCartney's "Getting Better". Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "With a Little Help from My Friends", under the working title "Bad Finger Boogie", had been expected to bring in 80,000 pounds ($124,000), but the owner withdrew the item before the auction began. Those lyrics show the song's second line originally being "Would you throw a tomato at me", that line being scratched out and "Would you stand up and walk out on me" being substituted. A pair of Lennon's granny glasses are also sold at auction, for 6,325 pounds ($9,800). Surprisingly, a 35-second home movie of The Beatles performing on Valentine's Day in 1961, at the Cassanova Club, was purchased at auction for a mere 15,000 pounds ($22,000), far less than the pre-auction estimate of 70,000 pounds ($105,000). The soundless film, in color, is the earliest known film of The Beatles, showing them performing in black leather outfits. John was 20, Paul was 18, and George, 17. The film had recently been discovered by the son of the Beatles fan who shot the film.

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