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Today in Beatles History: October 28

Posted by **Stephen** on Oct 28, 2017 at 8:02:07 PM:

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

1961 - The Beatles perform at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool.

1961 - According to Beatles legend, it was on this day that a fan named Raymond Jones attempted to purchase the single "My Bonnie" from Brian Epstein's NEMS record store in Liverpool. Brian managed the record shop, which was part of a large department store owned by his father. The legend states that this was the first occasion on which Brian Epstein heard of the single or, indeed, of The Beatles. "Mersey Beat" editor Bill Harry discounts this story as improbable. Harry claims to have discussed The Beatles and other local groups with Epstein well before this date, and he adds that Epstein was already writing record reviews for "Mersey Beat" and selling copies of the paper in his shop. Further, Epstein was selling tickets to Sam Leach's 'Operation Big Beat' concert, and The Beatles' name was at the top of the list of groups that were scheduled to appear at the November 10 event.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. This is a major performance for The Beatles, their first at Liverpool's top theatre. They are part of an eight-act, big-name program that plays to two separate "houses" (two performances for two different audiences, one at 5:40 pm and the other at 8:00 pm). Heading the bill is Little Richard; also appearing is Craig Douglas (for whom The Beatles provide musical backing in addition to their own, separate performance), Jet Harris (ex-Shadows bass player), and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated. In Liverpudlian terms, The Beatles have hit the big time.

1962 - Beatles manager Brian Epstein arranges for The Beatles to be included in a Helen Shapiro package tour scheduled for February 1963.

1963 - The Beatles, on tour in Sweden, perform at the Borashallen, Boras, Sweden. Preceding the show, The Beatles had spent half an hour in a record shop in Boras, autographing records.

1964 - The Beatles, resuming their tour of Britain, perform two shows at the ABC Cinema in Exeter.

1965 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio One, EMI Studios, London). The Beatles, listening to a rough mono mix of "We Can Work It Out", realize that the vocal tracks are not good enough, and they make plans to overdub the vocals the following day.

1971 - John and Yoko record "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" with the Harlem Community Choir.

1981 - A play about John Lennon, "Lennon", opens at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

1996 - UK release of Beatles double CD "The Beatles Anthology 3" (Parlophone/Apple). Tracks: "A Beginning", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", "Helter Skelter", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "Glass Onion", "Junk", "Piggies", "Honey Pie", "Don't Pass Me By", "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da", "Good Night", "Cry Baby Cry", "Blackbird", "Sexy Sadie", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Hey Jude", "Not Guilty", "Mother Nature's Son", "Glass Onion", "Rocky Raccoon", "What's the New Mary Jane", "Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias", "I'm So Tired", "I Will", "Why Don't We Do It in the Road", "Julia", "I've Got a Feeling", "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window", "Dig a Pony", "Two of Us", "For You Blue", "Teddy Boy", "Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle and Roll/Blue Suede Shoes", "The Long and Winding Road", "Oh! Darling", "All Things Must Pass", "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues", "Get Back", "Old Brown Shoe", "Octopus's Garden", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Something", "Come Together", "Come and Get It", "Ain't She Sweet", "Because", "Let It Be", "I Me Mine", "The End". Some top chart positions: Finland - #7; Germany - #9; Norway - #13.

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