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Today in Beatles History: October 16

Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 16, 2017 at 11:54:38 AM:

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

1960 - The Beatles' contract with Bruno Koschmider is extended until December 31, although events would see all of them except Stu Sutcliffe back in England by December 10.

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

1962 - The Beatles perform at La Scala Ballroom, Runcorn, Cheshire, 14 miles south of Liverpool.

1963 - The Beatles tape an appearance for the BBC radio program "Easy Beat". In front of a live audience, they perform "I Saw Her Standing There", "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "From Me to You", and "She Loves You". Recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, London, and broadcast on October 20. Brian Epstein, fearing for The Beatles' safety and trying to limit the seemingly unlimited requests for Beatles appearances, announced that The Beatles would no longer appear on radio shows involving a live audience; for concerts The Beatles would only play in theatres or halls with fixed seating--no more ballrooms. After the taping for "Easy Beat", The Beatles are interviewed about the invitation they had received to perform at the Royal Variety Show on November 4. The interviewer is clearly condescending to The Beatles, but they just as clearly deflate his arrogance with their clever wit. The interview is broadcast that evening on the BBC news program "Radio Newsreel". One of the recordings from this day is included on the 1994 Beatles double-CD "Live at the BBC"--"I Saw Her Standing There" (Disc one, Track 27).

1964 - The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform two shows at the ABC Cinema in Hull.

1965 - "Yesterday" is the #1 single in the US for the second week in a row.

1965 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles record a song for their next single, "Day Tripper". After three takes of the basic instrumental track, they add vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the session. Then they record a basic rhythm track for George Harrison's song "If I Needed Someone", leaving the overdubbing of vocals and additional instruments for the following day.

1968 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studios One, Two, and Three, and Rooms 41/42, EMI Studios, London). Needing to get mixing, editing, and the running order for "The Beatles" completed, The Beatles conduct a 24-hour session that utilizes, at some point during that time, every studio and listening room at EMI Studios. Ringo and George having already departed for Sardinia and Los Angeles, respectively, it is left to John and Paul and George Martin to finish everything up. "What's the New Mary Jane" and "Not Guilty" are dropped from the album, leaving 30 songs. Then the running order and side allocations are worked out. George Martin had urged The Beatles to cull the material down to one album's worth of songs, thinking that the album included tracks of dubious quality, but The Beatles insisted on releasing all of it. "The Beatles", released in a stark white cover that would earn it the nickname 'the White Album', will be issued in Britain on November 22, 1968. Released in the US on November 25, it would sell nearly two million copies within the first week. It remains one of the most popular of The Beatles' albums. [Note: "The Beatles" was issued in both mono and stereo versions in the UK, but it was released only in stereo in the US].

1968 - George Harrison flies to the USA to produce seven weeks of recording sessions for Jackie Lomax's "Is This What You Want?" album.

1972 - Re-release in Sweden of Beatles LP "Magical Mystery Tour" (Hor Zu).

1987 - US release of George Harrison single "Got My Mind Set On You/Lay His Head" (Dark Horse). Also released as cassette single. The B-side is a remixed version of a song released on either CD or vinyl EP included with George Harrison's book "Songs by George Harrison".

1992 - George Harrison joins a number of other musicians for a 30th anniversary tribute concert for Bob Dylan at New York's Madison Square Garden. Harrison sings the Dylan songs "If Not For You" and "Absolutely Sweet Marie". He also joins in on the concert's final songs, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "My Back Pages". The event is broadcast live on pay-per-view cable television in the US. The Harrison songs, with the exception of "If Not For You", are among the songs released on August 24, 1993, on an album of the concert.

1999 - Premiere performance of Paul McCartney's "Working Classical" in Liverpool, England. Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Songs for orchestra and string quartet. Some of the string quartet arrangements were previously played at memorial services held for McCartney's late wife, Linda. The album "Working Classical" is scheduled for release on October 19, 1999.

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