Today in Beatles History: October 4
Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:55:00 AM:
1960 - The Beatles perform at the Kaiserkeller Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany. The first of 58 nights. At the Kaiserkeller, still playing seven days a week, The Beatles play alternating sets with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes. It is here that John, Paul, and George become friendly with Hurricanes drummer Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr), and they think far less of Pete Best's drumming abilities after seeing Ringo in action. This only adds to the tension between Pete and the other Beatles, for Pete does not really fit in with the others, especially in their use of drugs and their wild antics. The huge stage at the Kaiserkeller at first awes The Beatles, who are accustomed to the tiny Indra Club stage, but soon they are back to putting on the frantic act they learned at the Indra Club. Often The Beatles perform drunk, mostly due to the generosity of appreciative customers who send beer for them onto the stage, and most of those generous souls are not the type to accept a rejection of their hospitality.
1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime.
1963 - The Beatles, at the Television House in Kingsway, London, appeared live on the relatively new television program "Ready, Steady, Go!" They lip-synced to their songs "Twist and Shout", "I'll Get You", and "She Loves You". The lip-sync format was rather obvious on "I'll Get You", because none of The Beatles was playing the harmonica part, which could be clearly heard. As The Beatles pretended to be performing, teen dancers gyrated around the small podium that The Beatles were standing on. The Beatles also gave an interview. The Beatles' performance of "She Loves You" is re-broadcast on November 8, and the complete three-song set is re-broadcast on December 31.
1967 - John and George return to Wembley Studios to tape a follow-up television interview to their earlier appearance on "The Frost Programme". Viewer interest in their first discussion of Transcendental Meditation was so strong that the two Beatles were invited back for further discussions, including a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with the studio audience. As with the previous interview, the program is broadcast later the same night.
1968 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Trident Studios, London). Recording is begun and nearly completed for "Martha My Dear", including the strings and horns overdub. The saxophones and clarinets overdub for "Honey Pie" is also recorded. Paul also records the tinny line "now she's hit the big time!" for "Honey Pie".
1974 - UK release of John Lennon LP "Walls and Bridges" (Apple). Songs: "Going Down on Love", "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", "Old Dirt Road", "What You Got", "Bless You", "Scared", "#9 Dream", "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)", "Steel and Glass", "Beef Jerky", "Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)", "Ya Ya". The album reached #6 on the UK charts.
1974 - UK release of John Lennon single "Whatever Gets You Through the Night/Beef Jerky" (Apple). Released on the same day as the "Walls and Bridges" LP. The single reached #36 on the UK charts (but made it to #1 in the US).
1977 - John and Yoko hold a press conference in Japan at the end of a four-month vacation there. John announces that his top priority for the next several years will be the raising of his son Sean and that all artistic concerns will be secondary.
1978 - Re-release in Sweden of Beatles double compilation LP "The Beatles 1962-1966" (Parlophone). Red vinyl.
1978 - Re-release in Sweden of Beatles double compilation LP "The Beatles 1967-1970" (Parlophone). Blue vinyl.
1982 - UK re-release of Beatles single "Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You" (Parlophone) as both a regular single and a picture disc. Twentieth anniversary commemorative reissue. A 12-inch single was released on November 1 which contained both versions of "Love Me Do" (one on which Ringo plays drums, the other using a session drummer) along with "P.S. I Love You".
1988 - US release of posthumous John Lennon CD and double LP "Imagine: John Lennon" (Capitol). Songs: "Real Love" (1980 demo), "Imagine" (1970 demo); Beatles songs "Twist and Shout" (mono), "Help!", "In My Life", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "A Day In the Life", "Revolution" (single version), "The Ballad of John and Yoko", "Julia", "Don't Let Me Down"; and Lennon solo songs "Give Peace a Chance" (uncut single version), "How?", "Imagine" (released album version), "God", "Mother" (live from One to One Concert), "Stand By Me", "Jealous Guy", "Woman", "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)", and "(Just Like) Starting Over". The track "A Day in the Life" has a clean intro, not the crossfade beginning heard on the "Sgt. Pepper's…" album. Highest chart position: #31.
1988 - Premiere of the documentary film "Imagine: John Lennon" in New York. The UK premiere will be Oct. 25. General release to be Oct. 28.
1999 - UK release of Paul McCartney album "Run Devil Run". Tracks: "Blue Jean Bop", "She Said Yeah", "All Shook Up", "Run Devil Run", "No Other Baby", "Lonesome Town", "Try Not to Cry", "Movie Magg", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "What It Is", "Coquette", "I Got Stung", "Honey Hush", "Shake a Hand", and "Party". Some top chart positions: UK - #12; Austria - #18; Germany - #21; Sweden - #23; Switzerland - #36.
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