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Today in Beatles History: October 12

Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 12, 2017 at 2:28:19 PM:

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

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime; that night they appear at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey. The Tower show is a significant Brian Epstein promotional package, with US rocker Little Richard topping the bill. Altogether, 12 acts perform, and the night is a tremendous success. For The Beatles themselves, it is quite an experience to play second to Little Richard. It is also quite an experience (a negative one) when they bump into the new drummer for Lee Curtis & the All-Stars--Pete Best.

1964 - US release of LP "Songs, Pictures, and Stories of The Fabulous Beatles" (VeeJay). Yet another return to the songs from "Introducing the Beatles". 12 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #63.

1965 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording songs for their second album of 1965. In a hurry to record the album and have it in stores by early December, The Beatles nonetheless produce a masterpiece, "Rubber Soul". They begin by recording "Run For Your Life" in its entirety, in five takes. John Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley's 1955 hit "Baby Let's Play House" in writing this song. Next, The Beatles begin recording John's "This Bird Has Flown", but its final title will be "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". They record one take and numerous overdubs, including George Harrison's double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record. Not completely happy with this version of the song, The Beatles start over again on October 21. The version recorded this day is included on "The Beatles Anthology 2" (Disc one, Track 14).

1967 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Three, EMI Studios, London). After a mixing session at De Lane Lea Recording Studios (for "It's All Too Much", which was recorded there), The Beatles move back to Abbey Road for a "Magical Mystery Tour" session. John Lennon supervises the entire session, taking on the role of producer for the first time. After mixing and editing is completed for "Blue Jay Way", accordionist Shirley Jackson and her percussionist partner, Reg Wale, record a Lennon-McCartney instrumental, "Shirley's Wild Accordion", for the "Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack. Ringo and Paul give (unspecified) musical assistance. They record 15 takes. Although Shirley Evans does appear in the movie, playing accordion on the bus and leading the passengers in a sing-along, "Shirley's Wild Accordion" is not used. One piece that is used, however, is "Jessie's Dream", which is copyrighted by McCartney-Starkey-Harrison-Lennon. But the specifics of who plays on the piece and when and where it was recorded (not at EMI) are unknown.

1968 - "Hey Jude" is the #1 single in the US for the third week in a row.

1969 - Yoko suffers her second miscarriage, the baby having been expected to be born in December.

1972 - A promotional video for the Wings single "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is broadcast on US television on "The Flip Wilson Show".

1979 - UK re-release of Beatles LP "The Beatles Rarities" (Parlophone). First release as an individual album; previously released as part of the 13-LP "The Beatles Collection" box set. Highest chart position: #71.

1987 - UK release of George Harrison single "Got My Mind Set on You/Lay His Head" (Dark Horse). The B-side song was previously released on special CD and EP issued with George Harrison's book "Songs by George Harrison". A different mix of that song had been originally planned for Harrison's "Somewhere in England" album.

1990 - US release of Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band CD, LP, and cassette "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band" (Rykodisc). Recorded live at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, September 3-4, 1989. Songs: "It Don't Come Easy", "No No Song", "Honey Don't", "You're Sixteen", "Photograph", "Iko Iko" (Dr. John), "The Weight" (Levon Helm), "Shine Silently" (Nils Lofgren), "Quarter to Three" (Clarence Clemmons), "Raining in My Heart" (Rick Danko), "Will it Go Round in Circles" (Billy Preston) and "Life in the Fast Lane" (Joe Walsh). A limited deluxe edition of the album contained a bonus CD that contains the songs "Act Naturally", "It Don't Come Easy", and "Rocky Mountain Way" (Joe Walsh).

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