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Today in Beatles History: October 1

Posted by **Stephen** on Sep 30, 2017 at 11:38:33 PM:

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

1961 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney take a two-week vacation in Paris, France, funded with the 100 pounds that John had been given by his Aunt Elizabeth two weeks before his 21st birthday. While in Paris, they meet with Hamburg friend Jurgen Vollmer, who persuades John and Paul to permanently restyle their hair into the "Beatle haircut", which is the way most French teenagers are wearing their hair. [Note: The Beatles, with the exception of Pete Best, had adopted the "Beatle haircut" the previous spring during a 3-month residency at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, West Germany. Stu Sutcliffe had been the first to have his hair cut in that fashion, and the others (except Pete) soon had their hair cut in that style also. But they had reverted to their earlier hair style upon their return to England in July 1961].

1964 - US release of double LP "The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons" (VeeJay). Another repackaging of "Introducing the Beatles" on one disc, Four Seasons songs on the other. 3 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #142.

1964 - Release in Sweden of Beatles single "I Should Have Known Better/You Really Got a Hold On Me" (Odeon). Thirteen weeks in the Swedish charts; highest position #1.

1967 - The Beatles return to West Malling Air Station in Maidstone to film miscellaneous shots for their film-in-progress, "Magical Mystery Tour".

1968 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). George Martin, back from vacation, resumes his role as producer. The Beatles record basic tracks for "Honey Pie".

1969 - US release of Beatles LP "Abbey Road" (Apple). Songs: "Come Together", "Something", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Oh! Darling", "Octopus's Garden", "I Want You (She's So Heavy", "Here Comes the Sun", "Because", "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "The End", "Her Majesty". 87 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

1989 - US release of Beatles CD "Savage Young Beatles" (Romance Records). Contains eight previously released tracks from the 1961 Hamburg recordings, including the Beatles' instrumental "Cry For a Shadow" and Tony Sheridan's "Why", "If You Love Me Baby", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Ya Ya", "Ruby Baby", "Let's Dance", and ""What'd I Say".

** The following events all took place sometime in October. Exact dates are uncertain. **

1960 - In Hamburg, West Germany, while contracted to perform at the Kaiserkeller Club, The Beatles learn of the opening of a new club, the Top Ten. They also learn that the club's owner, Peter Eckhorn, has contracted musician Tony Sheridan to perform at his club. The Beatles have great respect for Sheridan, and they visit the Top Ten on their breaks and time off to see him perform. Before long, The Beatles are up on stage jamming with Sheridan and his backing group, the Jets. When Bruno Koschmider, owner of the Kaiserkeller, learns of The Beatles behavior, he gives them a month's notice for breaking their contract, which forbade them to appear at another club within a 25-mile radius of the Kaiserkeller, unless they had his written consent.

1963 - Businessmen begin approaching Brian Epstein in droves, eager to get The Beatles to endorse various products. Epstein sets up the firm Stramsact to handle Beatles merchandising rights. Later, he would set up a sister organization, Seltzer (Beatles spelled backwards), to handle merchandising in the US. Epstein also receives an offer from United Artists for The Beatles to make their first feature motion picture. The Beatles are offered 25,000 pounds apiece, plus 7 and one-half percent of the film's earnings.

1968 - John Lennon, using a camera with a delayed-shutter release, takes photos of himself and Yoko together naked for the cover of their "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" album cover.

1969 - John Lennon invites his father to his home, Tittenhurst Park, for what will be their final meeting.

1969 - Rumors begin circulating that Paul McCartney is dead, and that he has been replaced in The Beatles by one William Campbell. Detroit deejay Russ Gibb, started broadcasting "clues" that had begun to turn up in support of the Paul-is-Dead rumor: Paul wears no shoes on the "Abbey Road" album cover, Paul is the only one wearing a black carnation during the "Your Mother Should Know" segment of "Magical Mystery Tour", "Revolution 9" played backwards supposedly reveals John saying "Turn me on, dead man", the end of "I'm So Tired", played backwards, purportedly sounds like "Paul is dead; miss him miss him", the "I buried Paul" at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that really turns out to be John saying "cranberry sauce", the palm-forward hand above Paul's head on the "Sgt. Pepper…" album cover, and many other absurd 'proofs'. It's hard to say how many people took this seriously and how many were simply having a grand old time analyzing their favorite records. Paul McCartney, learning of the rumor spreading like wildfire, announces that he is very much alive.

1969 - "Apotheosis (Balloon)", a John and Yoko film, premieres at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

1973 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono separate and John begins living in Los Angeles with Yoko's secretary May Pang. The reasons for the separation vary depending upon who is telling the tale.

1980 - US re-release of George Harrison LP "Dark Horse" (Capitol).

1980 - US re-release of John Lennon LP "Mind Games" (Capitol).

1980 - US re-release of John Lennon LP "Rock 'n' Roll" (Capitol).

1980 - US re-release of Ringo Starr LP "Ringo" (Capitol).

1982 - Release of the documentary "The Compleat Beatles" on videocassette.

1983 - UK release of the movie "The Concert for Bangla Desh" on videocassette.

1984 - A secret agreement is reached which calls for Northern Songs to pay John Lennon's estate and Paul McCartney about two million pounds sterling, along with an increase in future royalty rates.

1992 - US release of Elton John double CD "Rare Masters". Includes the live Elton John/John Lennon "I Saw Her Standing There" recorded at Madison Square Garden in November 1974.

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